The Sharon E. Lester Tennis Center at Piedmont Park is a fully staffed, public facility, offering play on 12 lighted hard courts. Located in the heart of Midtown, Piedmont Park covers 189 acres and is the largest and most popular park in Atlanta. Because of its proximity to downtown, Piedmont Park is home to numerous art and music festivals, as well as the annual Peachtree Road Race. This historic park is managed and maintained by the Piedmont Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization, working with the city of Atlanta for the past 20 years, and has poured in over $64 million dollars to restore the park to its original condition. Numerous opportunities exist for juniors and adults to participate in league play or weekly clinics and drills.
– Prime Time, $5 per person per hour (weekdays after 6PM and weekends)
– Non-prime time, $3 per person per hour
– Ball machine Rental: $15 per 1/2 hour or $25 per hour
Private and group lessons also available.
We accept Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, VISA, and American Express. All payments are made to UTA at Piedmont Tennis Center.
MEET THE TEAM
MEET THE TEAM
Kenyon is originally from Atlanta and helps lead the team at Piedmont Tennis Center, Briarlake Church, and Clarkston. Kenyon is a graduate of Mars Hill College where he earned a Bachelors degree in Communications and English with a minor in Economics while playing tennis and soccer.
Kenyon has been the head teaching pro with some of the top tennis clubs in the Atlanta metro, including Dunwoody Country Club and the Atlanta Country Club. Prior to those stents, he was a staff pro at the Capital Country Club. He is USPTA certified and has been teaching juniors for over 15 years.
In his spare time, Kenyon loves hanging out with his friends and family. He loves tennis so much, he even plays while on vacation.
Work in the Community: – Volunteered wheelchair tennis tournament at Dunwoody Country Club – Volunteer coach for Druid Hill High School girls and boys team – Volunteer for Serve and Connect at Washington Park – Volunteer for wheelchair tennis programming at Blackburn Tennis Center – Board Member of AYTEF – Volunteer coach for CHOA yearly tournament – Volunteer for teach-a-thons to raise funds for AYTEF – Volunteer coach at the Ron Clark Academy – Dreammakers
Wendell is originally from Atlanta and has been a member of USPTA for 30 years. Coach Troy has been a USTA Tournament Director for 25 years. He graduated from Georgia State University. He is married and has a daughter who is now attending Georgia State University. Coach Troy works primarily with Junior excellence and Green Dot Groups.
Caio grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, competing in national and international level junior tournaments. In 2006, he accepted a tennis scholarship to play for Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Caio was an active member of the men’s tennis team for four years, playing line one doubles and two singles. He was captain of his team and received the N.A.I.A Champion of Character award during his senior year. Caio also received the All Team Scholarship award while at Lee. He received a BA in communications from Lee University and an MA in Design and Media Management from Miami International University.
Caio is PTR certified and has coached throughout his junior and college career. Outside tennis, he enjoys spending time with his wife Victoria and his dog Lilly, as well as playing golf, surfing, soccer, traveling and exploring cool spots in the city of Atlanta.
Cali was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where she competed in junior tournaments from age 8-18. She played 4 years of college tennis at Mercer University where she graduated with a degree in Communications. Cali has coached for UTA since April 2012. Cali is PTR Certified and enjoys teaching junior as well as adult players of all abilities. In addition to teaching, Cali strings most of the rackets at Piedmont Tennis Center and Blackburn Tennis Center. Her hobbies include going to concerts with friends and college football, especially the Florida Gators.
Catherine is from Weston, Massachusetts and started playing tennis competitively at age 13. She was ranked in the top 10 for both singles and doubles in USTA New England 18s. She played on the Emory Women’s Tennis team 2011-2015. The team was ranked top 3 in the country all four years and won the NCAA DIII National Championships in 2014. Catherine earned a BS in Computer Science from Emory.
Connor was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School from K-12 where he achieved a varsity tennis record of 62-1. Following high school, Connor received a scholarship to play four years of division one tennis for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He played the number one position in singles and doubles from his sophomore to senior year, earning the Southern Conference Player of the Year award during his junior and senior seasons. After his senior season, he was recognized as the UNCG Male Athlete of the Year. He graduated cum laude from UNCG with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Before employment at UTA, Connor underwent training and obtained national certifications as a firefighter and EMT.
James, a native of Atlanta, started playing tennis at the age of four. A natural athlete, James played football, basketball, cross country, and tennis in high school. He earned a tennis scholarship to play at Morehouse College. James was an integral part in helping his team win the 2011 SIAC Conference Championship that led them to the NCAA Division II Nationals. He received All-Conference Doubles honors in 2012.
Since joining UTA in 2009, James has coached patrons of all ages, specializing in junior development. When he is not on the tennis court, James is also a sports journalist. James has covered Atlanta franchises such as the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, as well as several Atlanta colleges and even the 2012 Olympics!
Sara Watson is from McDonough, Georgia. She has been playing tennis since age 11. Sara graduated from West Georgia with a B.S. in Biology and a 3.8 GPA. She has been coaching for 5 years and has worked at Eagles Landing Country Club (4 years), Camp Kippewa (2 summers) and Camp Cobbossee (1 summer) and Rockdale Tennis Center. She is PTR certified.
Sara enjoys working with children of all ages and adults. In her free time, she likes playing the cello and spending time with girlfriend, Logan.
Stacy Lackey grew up in Norcross, Georgia. She trained at UTA when she was a junior player. Stacy attended Prairie View A & M where she played on their D1 tennis team. She has worked at the Emory Nike Tennis and Sports Camps for the past 4 years.
Stacy has 3 sisters who also play tennis. She loves to stay fit and teach younger children this wonderful sport!
Sydney grew up in Marietta, Georgia and went to high school at The Walker School where she was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame. As a junior, Sydney was consistently in the top junior rankings in the South and in Georgia. She was a 5-star recruit and was ranked top 50 in the nation. She earned a tennis scholarship to the University of Richmond and competed at top of the line up for singles and doubles. The team won 2 Atlantic Ten Conference Championships and Sydney was honored as All-Conference Second Team. She also played tennis at Georgia Southern University and graduated with an Anthropology degree.
Sydney was a Volunteer Assistant Coach for Emory University Women’s Tennis Team & participated in a team trip to Thailand. She has been coaching in the metro Atlanta area for 4 years, working primarily with young children and juniors, but enjoys teaching all ages. She is passionate about working with animal shelters, hiking, painting, and traveling.
Tory, who is from Atlanta, played four years at Morehouse College. He served as team captain for 3 years and led the team to 3 SIAC Championships. Each of the four years at Morehouse College he received 1st Team All-Conference Singles and Doubles honors. He was also named team MVP all for four years! Tory was the first person in tennis to receive Morehouse Rookie of the Year and MVP and was selected as one of five Men of the Year for Morehouse Athletics in 2011. He earned his B.A. in Business Finance, with a minor in Economics.
Tory started coaching when he was 17 at Camp Best Friends which was a summer camp held at Washington Park Tennis Center. Tory is a certified USPTA teaching pro and enjoys working with both children and adults of all ages and abilities. Tory has a large family, boasting 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He enjoys doing anything that is family and/or sports-related during his free time.
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