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USTA Colorado Annual Awards
USTA Colorado Annual Awards
Each year, USTA Colorado recognizes players, administrators, facilities and
volunteers who have distinguished themselves over the course of the year. Each
award is named after an outstanding individual, whose contribution to tennis in
our state has had a significant positive influence to the Colorado tennis
2012 Annual Award Winners
Bud Robineau Award
Presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to our tennis
community. Named after Bud Robineau, the founding president of the CTA and a
philanthropist who generously supported tennis in Colorado. He is a member of
the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.
Cindy MacMaster (Fort Collins)
Cindy’s contributions to the Colorado tennis community are far-reaching. She is an active
member on several committees and boards, while also supervising the USTA 10 and Under
Tennis Target Market Initiative in Northern Colorado.
Clyde Rogers Award
Presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to recreational tennis
players in Colorado. Named in honor of Clyde Rogers, former tournament director
of the Memorial Day Washington Park Tournament, later named after him in honor
of his Service.
Judi Fenner (Brighton)
Founder of Centennial Valley Tennis Association, Judi shares tennis with kids in need,
teaching them skills then can take off the court and into life, providing them with
opportunities for college scholarships.
Arthur Ashe Award
Presented to an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to the
growth of tennis among under-served populations in Colorado. Arthur Ashe used
tennis as a means to knock down racial barriers and was an advocate for youth.
Taryn Archer (Denver)
A long-time advocate for diversity and inclusion in tennis, Taryn is actively involved in
USTA Colorado’s efforts to grow the sport among underserved populations. She is currently
the USTA Colorado board president.
Jody Riser Knudsen Award
Presented to an individual for their demonstration of enthusiasm and dedication
as a volunteer for USTA Colorado and the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation. Named
after Jody Riser Knudsen, a tireless volunteer for many years.
Lori Tavarez (Castle Rock)
An avid league player and team captain, Lori has served as an active volunteer for USTA
Colorado and the CYTF for many years.
Sam & Sid Milstein Award
Presented to the Outstanding Senior Male Player, age 50-and-over, in Colorado.
Named after Sam & Sid Milstein, top Colorado players who also ran tournaments
and leagues, and compiled rankings during the 1930s-50s. The Milsteins are
members of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.
David Warren (Woodland Park)
David took home titles in the 65 and over age division at the 2012 Colorado State Open,
Denver City Open and National Public Parks Championships.
Fay & Dorothy Shwayder Award
Presented to the Outstanding Senior Female Player, age 50-and-over, in Colorado.
Named in honor of Fay & Dorothy Shwayder, top tennis players in the 1930s. Fay
won the Denver City Open women’s singles title in 1933 and again in 1960. She is
a Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame member.
Josefa Crotty (Centennial)
Olympic Silver skiing medalist in 1956, Josefa moved to the US in 1961. She took up tennis
at age 55, and is an avid league player and team captain. She was the 2012 Denver City
Open 80 and over Mixed Doubles Champion.
Richard Hillway Award
Presented to the Outstanding Boys’ High School Team in Colorado. This award
recognizes achievement in high school tennis but is not determined solely on
win/loss record. Named after Richard Hillway, who has coached more than 30
Colorado High School Championship teams.
Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village)
The Cherry Creek boys’ tennis team captured its 38th title in 2012, marking the 200th
state title in school history. Creek dominated, capturing individual state titles at the
No. 2 and 3 singles and No. 2, 3, and 4 doubles positions. Players: Hans Bergal, Jace
Blackburn, Harshil Dwinedi, Matthew Gross, Daniel Kaprielian, Connor McPherson, Gifford
Mellick, Jake Miller, Connor Petrou, Noah Reiss, William Ro, Daniel Steinhauser; Coaches:
Kirk Price, Art Quinn.
Ade Butler Award
Presented to the Outstanding Umpire as determined by the Colorado Tennis Umpires
Association. Named after Ade Butler who “professionalized” umpiring in Colorado.
He is a member of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.
Mark Williams (Denver)
An official since 2000, Mark is heavily involved in officiating at the Intercollegiate
level. He is the current Colorado District Chair of Colorado Tennis Umpires Association
and also serves as a USTA sectional trainer and evaluator.
Rosemary Fri Award
Presented to the Outstanding Female College Player in Colorado (may be attending
a Colorado college or a Colorado player attending an out-of-state college).
Named after Rosemary Fri, Head Tennis Coach at the University of Northern
Colorado for over 30 years. She is a member of the UNC Athletic Hall of Fame and
Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.
Krista Damico (Parker)
During her career at the University of Texas, Krista compiled an impressive 87-55 singles
match record and 74-55 doubles record, winning the 2010 Big 12 Doubles title. She was
named to the 2012 All-Big 12 Women’s Tennis Team.
Margaret Rogers Phipps Award
Presented to a Colorado girl, 14-and-under, who exemplifies sportsmanship,
leadership and achievement. Named after Margaret Phipps, a generous tennis
philanthropist and inaugural member of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.
Casey Zhong (Highlands Ranch)
Casey has made impressive strides in the three years she's been playing tennis,
representing USTA Intermountain at the 12s Zonal Team Championships. Casey is respected on
and off the court for her sportsmanship.
Jack Cella Award
Presented to the Outstanding Male High School Player in Colorado. Named in honor
of Jack Cella, an inaugural member of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame and the
first three-time No. 1 singles winner of the Colorado High School State
Harrison Lang (Longmont)
A two-time 4A state singles champion, Harrison led Niwot HS to 2nd place at the state
Hayden Sabatka (Lone Tree)
Hayden won consecutive 5A singles titles at Highlands
Ranch, earning Denver Post player of the year honors.
Jim & Anne Dyde Award
Presented to the Outstanding Female High School Player in Colorado. Named after
Anne & Jim Dyde, long-time Colorado volunteers, players and supporters. Anne was
a top player in the 1950s and ’60s, and is a member of the Colorado Tennis Hall
Jessika Mozia (Littleton)
A two-time 4A High School No. 1 singles champion, Jessica compiled an impressive 86-5
win/loss record during high school competition. She was also winner of five USTA
sportsmanship awards during her junior tennis career.
Carter & Lena Elliott Family Award
Presented to a Colorado family who demonstrates outstanding service to the
tennis community. The Elliott Family is largely responsible for the growth of
tennis on the Western Slope. Carter and Lena are inaugural members of the
Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.
The Li Family (Boulder)
For the Li family, tennis is a family affair. Xinlin and Jinfang both play in adult
leagues, while their daughters, Monica and Katie, are both highly competitive players.
Jim Landin Award
Presented to the Outstanding Male Player in Colorado. Named in honor of Jim
Landin, who won more Open titles in Colorado than any other male player. Jim is
a member of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.
Chris Cooprider (Centennial)
Between his junior and senior seasons at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington,
Chris won the open divisions in the 86th Annual National Public Parks Tennis Championships
and Babolat Boulder Open.
Dorothy Mauk Award
Presented in recognition of excellence in the reporting of news and features
which promote the sport of tennis in Colorado. Named for Dorothy Mauk, Denver
Post sportswriter, whose extensive coverage of tennis helped fuel the popularity
of the sport. She is a Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame member.
Loveland Reporter Herald (Loveland)
The Reporter Herald has provided its readers extensive local coverage of prep and
community-based tennis over the years.
Willa Wolcott Condon Award
Presented to the Outstanding Girls’ High School Tennis Team in Colorado. This
award recognizes achievement in high school tennis but is not determined solely
on win/loss record. Named in honor of Willa Wolcott Condon, a dominating force
in Colorado women’s tennis, who is a member of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.
Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village)
Cherry Creek won its 16th consecutive 5A State Championship. The team captured three
individual titles while two other positions reached the finals. Players: Julie Berlinger,
Madeleine Bernstein, Morgan Cohen, Mia Hoover, Julia Mannino, Lindsey Pond, Madeline
Roberts, Rachael Scheper, Mariah Smith, Chloe Theobald, Kelli Woodman; Coaches: Chris
Jacob, Laura Sargent.
E.L. Griffey Award
Presented to a Colorado organization for outstanding contributions to its tennis
community. Named after E.L. Griffey, Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame member and
founder of the Denver Tennis Club who also served as its president from
Denver Parks & Recreation (Denver)
DPR hosted the 86th annual National Public Parks Tennis Championships. Two years of
planning resulted in the second largest participation numbers in tournament history, with
the largest Special Populations draw in event history.
Joan Birkland Award
Presented to the Outstanding Female Player in Colorado. Named in honor of Joan
Birkland, who twice held state titles in both tennis and golf in the same year.
She is the long-time Executive Director of Sportswomen of Colorado, and is a
member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.
Alexa Glatch (Centennial)
Alexa played a full schedule on the WTA pro circuit in 2012, advancing through the
qualifying tournaments and making it to the round of 64 at the French Open. She ranks
among the top 120 players in the world.
Mike, Gene & Maurice Reidy Award
Presented to a Colorado boy, ages 15 to 18, who exemplifies sportsmanship,
leadership and achievement. Named after the Reidys, administrators and players
in the 1940s-60s. Mike was the first secretary of USTA Colorado and Gene brought
the 1963 Davis Cup to Denver. All three are Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame
Luke Lorenz (Colorado Springs)
Luke won the B16s ITA Summer Sectional, earning an invitiation to compete at the USTA
National Championships in Kalamazoo, MI. He also volunteers as a coach at local youth
Charlie & Ira Brown Award
Presented to the participant of a Colorado Parks & Recreation program who
demonstrates sportsmanship, leadership and achievement. Named after Charlie &
Ira Brown, brothers who helped foster the growth of tennis in Denver parks.
Kacey Walisundara (Denver)
Kacey was introduced to tennis at Eastside Tennis Association in Montbello. A dedicated
player and exceptional student, he was selected to the USTA Colorado Star Search Program,
where he now volunteers his time to help teach younger kids.
John Hough Award
Presented to a Colorado boy, 14-and-under, who exemplifies sportsmanship,
leadership and achievement. Named after John Hough, an exceptional sport who
played at Denver East High School.
Ram Vuppala (Denver)
A freshman in Lakewood High School's IB program, Ram reached the regional high school
finals at No. 2 singles. He volunteers to teach younger kids tennis at Meadow Creek and in
the USTA Colorado Star Search program.
Jerry & Lillian Brawer Award
Presented to the Outstanding Wheelchair Player in Colorado. The award is named
in honor of Jerry & Lillian Brawer who run the Doris Denker Wheelchair Sports
Foundation and actively promote wheelchair tennis on the Western Slope.
Wayne Bennett (Denver)
Picking up tennis just a few years ago, Wayne earned a 2012 national ranking in the Men’s
Wheelchair C Division, winning the Jana Hunsaker Memorial Tournament in New York and the
Air Capital Classic Wheelchair event in Wichita, KS.
Phyllis Lockwood Award
Presented to a Colorado girl, age 15 to 18, who exemplifies sportsmanship,
leadership and achievement. Named after Phyllis Lockwood, inaugural member of
the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame, who amassed 62 state titles in her storied
Eva-Lou Edwards (Bayfield)
One of the top-ranked players in the Intermountain Section, Eva-Lou played No. 1 on the
Durango High School team because Bayfield High School is too small to have a team. She
also captured the 2012 3A Girls’ Cross Country State title representing Bayfield.
Vernon John Award
Presented to the Outstanding Male College Player in Colorado (may be attending a Colorado
college or a Colorado player attending an out-of-state college). Named after Vernon John,
an NCAA singles finalist and National Clay Court Men’s finalist in 1936, and a member of
the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.
Casey MacMaster (Fort Collins)
A junior at Harvard University, Casey was named first team All-Ivy League in doubles, and
named Harvard’s 2012-2013 team captain, making him the first junior to serve as the
Crimson’s captain in 30 years.