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Asics Easter Bowl, Martin Blackman, & TRN Profile

asics_logo_popupAs y’all know, I’m back in the Coachella Valley at the Asics Easter Bowl this week, helping out with some of the media stuff, doing a little commentating for the livestream (you can watch at, and just helping out wherever I’m needed. If you’d like to keep up with results throughout the day, I suggest you follow @zootennis on Twitter – Colette is doing her usual amazing job of following all the action and reporting it quickly! It’s a bit bizarre to be at a junior tournament without a junior in tow, but it does offer me a very different perspective and allows me the opportunity to tune into other families’ experiences. If your child is competing in the California Desert this week, please let me know so we can connect. I would love to hear your thoughts on what the tournament is doing well and where it can make improvements for the future.

Yesterday, I had the chance to participate in a conference call hosted by USTA to hear from newly-appointed General Manager of Player Development, Martin Blackman. While I’ve already posted the information that came from USTA, it was really nice to hear from Blackman himself on what he has planned in his new role. There were a variety of media folks on the call, including Colette Lewis from ZooTennis and Pam Shriver representing ESPN. You can read the complete transcript of the call here (and, by the way, the question about college tennis came from Yours Truly!).

Last but not least, I have to do a little Mom Brag here. My son is featured in this article on, and I’m just a bit proud! This Junior Tennis thing is such a long haul with lots of bumps along the way. To see your child reach his destination is a wonderful thing. There were times we doubted whether he would be able to – or even still wanted to – achieve his goal of playing Division I tennis. He persevered and pushed himself beyond his comfort zone to get there, and I’m so excited for him. As we have done with each of our kids, we will become die-hard Broncos fans and proudly wear our red-and-white as we cheer on the team. Go Broncos!



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