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Tennis Together South Carolina

Tennis Together South Carolina is an effort to make meaningful change around race in our tennis communities. We aim to build a culture where everyone is respected and where everyone belongs.

As of June 2020, 88 percent of active USTA members are white. African Americans make up less than five percent of all members. Hispanic people make up only two percent of members. Altogether, 10 percent of members are people of color.

Ninety-one percent of USTA South Carolina adult league players are white. African American players make up fewer than four percent of league players. Hispanic players make up fewer than two percent. Altogether, people of color make up only eight percent of league players.

For generations, we have accepted these racial gaps in our sport. Tennis originated as a sport by and for the white elite. This legacy keeps our game inaccessible to so many. As an organization, we have increased diversity and inclusion efforts in recent years, but we have not done enough. We must acknowledge our painful past and present reality so we can go forward with a renewed commitment to transform tennis into the multiracial community it has never been–but has all the potential to be.

We, as leaders in our sport, commit to making meaningful change so that we can honestly play, coach, officiate, and support tennis together.

We invite you to join us.

  • Share your thoughts on race in South Carolina Tennis. Take the survey
  • Join us for a Virtual Community Conversation on Race and Tennis on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Register here.
  • Make your own video and share it on social media using the hashtag, #TennisTogetherSC! Introduce yourself and state your commitment to make meaningful change around race in your tennis community. If you have questions, or would like to send your video to USTA South Carolina to post on our website, email Marketing Coordinator Kara Anderson.