Tennis Academy - one of San Diego's best places for learning
by Rich Neher
Did you know that Angel
Lopez was declared a Role model for Latino youth
on an American Latino National TV Show and the County of San
Diego declared August 3, 2010 Angel Lopez and San Diego
Tennis & Racquet Club Day for 30 years of serving the
San Diego community? More about this fascinating icon of teaching
tennis in this article: "Angel
Lopez - Southern California's model teaching tennis professional."
Located at one of the
largest and most prominent tennis facilities in San Diego, 23-court
San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club, the Angel
Lopez Tennis Academy
is known throughout the United States as a high quality school
of higher tennis learning since 1997. Angel Lopez says, "We
use tennis as a vehicle to develop successful young people in
life in our junior programs."
Angel himself has a long
history of working with players, young and old, from beginners
to Top world class, like Zina Garrison, Michael Chang, Alexandra
Stevenson, and many more. His accolades are numerous, from Pro
of the Year for both USPTA and PTR, to the San Diego Tennis Hall
of Fame, to World Team Tennis Professional Coach of the Year.
The Academy's Junior Program
is extensive. Spring Break Camps, Summer Camps, Winter Camps
are very popular and Angel works with the best kids one-on-one.
He says about his Academy's Philosophy, "The development
of the tennis player is the most important part of the Angel
Lopez Tennis Academy. Winning is important, second only to the
devlopment of the player."
USPTA Master Pro Angel
Lopez says on his USPTA web pages:
Lopez helps young players today by awarding the Angel Lopez Scholarship
for $1,000, through Youth Tennis San Diego, to a graduating senior
for the college of his or her choice. He sponsors sanctioned
tournaments and satellite junior tournaments, as well as a national
open at the Barnes Tennis Center. Angel also sponsors an after-school
program in his old childhood neighborhood for underprivileged
children, the USTA/San Diego District Adult Championships, and
the USTA national girls 16 &18 championships at Barnes Tennis
Angel sponsors the tennis
programs at Montgomery, Lincoln, Calexico, Clairemont and Hoover
high schools, and also at San Diego City College. Lopez additionally
sponsors the following schools: Logan Heights Elementary, Las
Palmas Elementary, Memorial Middle, Saint Augustine High School,
San Ysidro High School and Miramar Junior College.We use
tennis as a vehicle to develop successful young people in life
in our junior programs.