LEONARD JOHNSON, REGIONAL LEGEND

Leonard Johnson has been involved in tennis for over 40 years; over 35 years as a Professional Tennis Instructor with United States Professional Tennis Association (USTA) Certification Pro2, and Certified USTA Tournament Official; and over 15 years as Chief Executive Officer of Johnson's Community Junior/Adult Tennis Association.

 

During those 40 years, he has played in tennis tournaments throughout the Southern California.  In 1998 the USTA certified him as a Tennis Teaching Professional. As a USTA Tennis Tournament Official he has officiated college and junior national tennis tournaments in and out of California.  

  • A tennis instructor for Los Angeles Parks and Recreation for 13 years, Certified as a USTA Tennis Clinician for Los Angeles County in 1998
  • Created Junior Novice Tennis Tournament for Los Angeles Cities Salute to Recreation; was tournament director for that event three years running, until 2008.
  • Local USTA trainer for ten and under, (Quickstart Tennis) in San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley.  
  • Became site director for Summer NJTL tennis program in the Antelope Valley in 2008 and 2009.
  • Petitioned the USTA and was granted approval to become a year-round NJTL site director for the Antelope Valley.
  • Formed the Community Tennis Association, JCJ/ATA, Inc. in 2011. The Mission is to "Provide a unifying umbrella for tennis in our community.  With community support and involvement being the primary force behind the local growth of tennis.  Make learning the sport of tennis savailable to everyone in the community that is interested in doing so.  Secure indoor tennis courts that would make year-round tennis programs such as NJTL 10 and Under Tennis, junior and adult tennis tournaments as well as other tennis programs possible and practical. 

 

The children that he has taught for many years continue to stay in touch with him, even into high school and college years, he has made impacts on these lives beyond learning how to play tennis.   

 

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