Region to honor the tops in the sport at Crest Hollow in Woodbury, N.Y.
  | By USTA Eastern Section

The United States Tennis Association, Eastern Section will host its 20th Annual Long Island Region Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 12th at 6:00 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. Focusing on the theme, “Growth Through Diversity,” the program will celebrate the many accomplishments of the Nassau and Suffolk tennis communities both on and off the court.

The event’s keynote speaker, Ronald Agenor, former top-20 tennis player who defeated Andre Agassi (3 times), Jimmy Connors, Yannick Noah, Brad Gilbert and Mats Wilander, among many others during his 19-year career, will discuss Haitian earthquake relief and how the tennis community can help. The son of a former United Nations Diplomat and Minister of Agriculture of Haiti, Ronald Agenor has long been a strong advocate on behalf of Haiti and the Haitian people.

Nicknamed “The Haitian Sensation,” Agenor won three ATP tour titles, was a quarterfinalist at the French Open and reached the fourth round at both the U.S. Open and the French Open in 1988. He holds the record for the longest match in the history of the French Open in the number of games (71) since the open era and recorded the second fastest serve of the year in 1991 with 128.6 mph. In 1987, he made history by playing against France’s Yannick Noah in what would be the first all Black Male ATP Tour tennis final in men's professional tennis history. Mr. Agenor retired from professional tennis and opened the Ronald Agenor Tennis Academy in Los Angeles in 2002.

In addition to an awards ceremony honoring junior and adult tennis players, teams and coaches, the Tennis Association Dinner will feature a live auction with top prizes including U.S. Open tickets, tennis camp vacations and the grand prize, one-and-a-half hours of play time on Centre Court at the U.S. Tennis Center in Flushing, home of the U.S. Open. The cost of the event is $60 per person and includes cocktails and dinner.

For more information and to RSVP for the dinner, please visit www.ustalongisland.com, or contact Daniel Burgess at (516) 343-5957 or by e-mail at amertwist@aol.com.

USTA Eastern Section

<p><img width="100" height="52" align="left" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/u12/USTA_Eastern_Logo.jpg" />USTA Eastern is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis. One of 17 geographic sections of the USTA, the governing body of tennis in the United States, USTA Eastern boasts over 48,000 members throughout all of New York, Northern New Jersey and Greenwich, Connecticut.</p>