About the HTA

Encouraging and promoting amateur tennis in Greater Houston since 1952.

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Our Mission

Houston is projected to surpass Chicago by 2020 and become the third most populous city in the U.S. Our mission is simple, but one that is perennially challenging: to grow the sport of tennis throughout the Greater Houston area. That means players, programs, facilities, and community involvement.

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Our Values

At the HTA, we celebrate the idea that anyone from anywhere at any age should be able to play and compete and enjoy tennis. Diversity and inclusion is a core value: to remove barriers and create opportunities wherever possible so that tennis becomes a true reflection of all of our great city.

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Our Programs

To some, the HTA is leagues and tournaments. But we are so much more. We are also a charitable organization providing scholarships for deserving high school students, free or low-cost opportunities for over 6,000 young children in Houston, and community assistance to schools and neighborhood centers.

Since 1952, the Houston Tennis Association (HTA) has served the greater Houston area by organizing, promoting and advocating amateur tennis and charitable programs in Greater Houston. HTA organizes and administers junior, adult, senior and adaptive leagues and tournaments for all levels of play, exclusively managing leagues and tournaments sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). HTA also serves its community and members through charitable programs and scholarships, including the National Junior Tennis and Learning program (NJTL), a free or low-cost youth tennis, educational and life-skills program founded by Arthur Ashe.

Over 10,000 players participate in HTA's tournaments and leagues annually, and over 6,000 kids participate in the NJTL program each year. HTA remains committed to the mission, as stated in our bylaws: "to grow tennis in the greater Houston community."

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Milestones

  • 2016: The national Tennis Industry Magazine named Randy Ortwein, HTA Past President, as Wheelchair Tennis Champion of the Year for 2016
  • 2015: USTA Texas Section named HTA Executive Committee member, Bev Taylor, as Advocate of the Year
  • 2015: USTA Texas Section named HTA Vice President, Ed Williams, as Volunteer of the Year
  • 2014: HTA's ongoing scholarship program exceeded $200,000 in total awards
  • 2012: HTA was named the Texas Organization of the Year by USTA Texas
  • 2012: HTA was honored with a Mayoral Proclamation sponsored by Houston City Council Member Oliver Pennington
  • 2011: HTA was named the Community Tennis Association of the Year by the USTA
  • 2010: USTA honored HTA Past President, Bev Taylor, with the Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award
  • 2009: HTA Executive Director Emeritus Harriett Hulbert was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame
  • 2007: HTA was officially designated by the USTA as the Umbrella Community Tennis Association for Greater Houston
  • 2006: HTA awarded the Best Overall Organization (Umbrella Award) by the USTA Texas Section
  • 2002: HTA awarded the Best Overall Organization (Umbrella Award) by the USTA Texas Section
  • 1996: HTA was named the Texas Outstanding Community Tennis Association
  • 1990: HTA's National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) program was established
  • 1969: The association was reorganized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and named Houston Tennis Association
  • 1952: The Houston Tennis Patrons Association was founded by Malcolm G. Baker, Paul E. Daugherty, Julius D. Heldman, Karl F. Kamrath and Robert K. Kamrath