Carefree’s Kathy Miller to receive USTA Eastern’s Tennis Woman of the Year Award
Kathy Miller of Merrick, N.Y. was named USTA Eastern’s Tennis Woman of the Year for her significant contribution to the game of tennis. Miller will receive the award at USTA Eastern’s Tennis Conference, set for Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel in White Plains, N.Y.
Miller has served on the Long Island Region Board for 20 years and has been a USTA League Coordinator for 30 years, providing approximately 4,000 Long Island tennis players with the opportunity to participate in USTA Adult, Mixed and Tri-Level Leagues.
Heavily embedded in the tennis world, Miller is also manager at Carefree Racquet Club in Merrick, N.Y.
“It’s nice watching people come together playing tennis,” Miller said. “Seeing people who haven’t met before play, then set up other matches to play in the future shows how tennis brings people together.”
Along with programming a variety of leagues, running tournaments and managing a large junior program, Miller spearheads the Merrick Police Athletic League (PAL), which has been running for 15 years.
The Merrick PAL offers three 10-week sessions annually and features tennis instruction for kids, conducted by high school seniors, as well as college students. Each session provides more than 150 kids with hands-on tennis lessons.
Miller’s success has not gone unnoticed, as she has earned multiple awards for her dedication to the game she began playing as a teenager.
“It’s a really nice feeling to be recognized by your peers,” Miller said. “I am honored to receive this award.”
Long Island juniors take to the courts
Long Islanders Alexus Huber and Julia Raziel at a training session at Bethpage Park Tennis Center. Alexis won a recent Girls 14s L2O event, and Julia was the runner-up.
Ty Nisenson (pictured here), who trains at Point Set, is the son of Point Set Tennis Pro David Nisenson, and is coached by Brett Nisenson. Ty recently participated at the Junior Orange Bowl qualifiers in Miami in December.
Juniors take part in the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Training Camp at Sportime Bethpage.
Brian Shi, a Jericho, N.Y. native, recently competed at one of the most prestigious junior tournaments in the country, the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships. Brian reached the finals in both singles and doubles, and eliminated some of the top juniors in the world on his way. He has experienced success at all junior levels, and currently finds himself ranked 586th in the ITF 18 & Under Division at the age of 14. Here Brian (right) is pictured is with his coach, Mihai Grecu (left) at IMG Academy.