TINA KARWASKY, PLAYER

 

 

Tina Karwasky (nee Watanabe, Mochizuki) played under Dr. Walter Johnson's traveling-training program for two summers when she was 13 and 14 year old (1966-1967).  This improved her ability to become a top tennis player and coach at California State University Los Angeles (Cal State LA) for Men's and Women's tennis.  

 

She grew up modestly in Los Angeles as everything was taken away from her parents in World War II.  As Japanese Americans, they were incarcerated in a concentration camp.  The American Tennis Association (ATA) scholarship helped Tina to becom a better athlete, coach and fundraiser. 

 

Tina Karwasky continues to play and compete in senior tournaments.  This year all events are on hold due to the pandemic.  She continues to teach part-time at Lacy Park.

 

During Tina Karwasky's coaching career at Cal State LA, she has coached players to eight All-American Awards.  These players were from diverse ethnicities: 

  • Jennifer Choi             1990 Korean American
  • Edna Olwarez            1990 Filipino
  • Veronica Pasley        1992 African American Caucasian American
  • Melinda Phillips        1992, 1993 Caucasian American
  • Arthur Tombakian   1994, 1996 Armenian American
  • April Saulter               1996 African American
 
  • Volunteer 2003:  Tina Karwasky received a USTA/ITA Sectional Community Service Award for Southern California. A $1,500 grant was awarded to the Cal State LA Tennis Program.
  • 2007:  Ms. Karwasky received a ten-year service award as a Board Member of the Billie Jean King and Friends Fundraiser at Cal State LA.  $2,000,000 was raised for athletic scholarships.
  • 2010: Volunteer for Arthur Ashe Kid's Day - Flushing Meadows, NC
  • League:  5.0 Rating
  • Senior Player:  135 Gold Balls (National Championships won - US)
  • ITF Current Senior 65 ranking: #1 singles, #2 doubles
  • Pro Player - WTA:  Highest ranking 79
  • Career Wins:  Monica Seles, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Kathy Rinaldi, Alycia Moulton, Bonnie Gadusek

 

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