About Karen Ronney

Karen Ronney is an award-winning national coach, author, speaker, mentor and marketing specialist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Tennis Management from San Diego State University. A USPTA Elite and a PTR Professional certified teaching pro; Ronney was recently named the 2020 High School Coach of the Year by both the USPTA and the Racquet Sports Industry. She was a National USTA 10-and-Under Faculty Member, USTA Tennis Service Representative and a 10 & Under Tennis Target Market Specialist. As a journalist, she was a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, LA Daily News and the San Diego Union Tribune. She used her tennis and writing skills to author Proud Parents’ Guide to Raising Athletic, Balanced, and Coordinated Kids, winner of 34 publishing awards. Ronney is currently the Marketing Director-Consultant for SCTA Foundation and resides in Southern California.

The San Diego Open ATP 250 Men’s Pro Tournament Inspires and Delights So Cal Tennis Fans

By Karen Ronney There was something for everyone at the San Diego Open ATP 250 this year. It was a historic event that saw the first ever ATP 250 tournament in San Diego. It showcased great tennis by some of the top 50 players in the world as well as up and coming local talent.

The Henry Talbert Summer Tennis Camp Scholarship Grant Brings Joy to Seven So Cal Youth

By Karen Ronney Summer is the season when kids can make great memories by participating in youth tennis camps. It can be half day or full day experiences and fun is the key factor. This year, the SCTA Foundation was proud to offer that opportunity to six players in Southern California through the Henry Talbert

Summer Youth Tennis Racket Program Sparks Interest in Red Orange, and Green-Ball Players

By Karen Ronney Kyle Havelka loves to play sports with his family. The athletic 6-year-old from Ventura County played basketball, soccer and tennis at home during the Covid pandemic. Of the three, however, tennis was his favorite sport. This summer, he was one of eight recipients who recieved an SCTA Foundation’s Summer Tennis Racket Package.

Determination Drives Denise Campbell to Work Hard for Her College Dreams

By Karen Ronney Denise Campbell is an individual who leads by example. She lets her actions do the talking because she is a humble and quiet person by nature.  However, her strong work ethic and determination to succeed speaks volumes. Campbell is a junior at John W. North High in Riverside. She was the Sunbelt

The Morongo Basin Tennis Association Offers Pathway for Kids to Learn the Sport of Tennis

By Karen Ronney Two is the magic number for the Morongo Basin Tennis Association.  The community group located in the Yucca Valley offers two free tennis lessons to junior players so they can have a fun and engaging sports experience.  It’s the pathway for kids to sign up for a longer term tennis commitment. What’s

Barnes Tennis Center Clay Courts Once Again Shine as the Jewel of So Cal Tennis Facilities

By Karen Ronney The two clay courts at Barnes Tennis Center had once been a shining jewel of San Diego.  They were previously built as practice courts for the USA vs. Great Britain first round Davis Cup meeting in 2014. The Barnes clay courts were made from the same imported Italian red clay that was

The Light Up A Life Campaign Illuminates All at Mountain View Sports & Racquet Club

By Karen Ronney Mountain View Sports and Racquet Club’s mission came to fruition this year as it succeeded in its quest to “Light Up a Life” at their seven-court facility.  In reality, this southeast San Diego club has lit up many lives through the sport of tennis. This year, Mountain View received a grant from

Riverside’s Jeselle Ante Follows Family Tennis Traditions with Outstanding Play

By Darryl Nash Riverside’s Jeselle Ante wants to be a tennis player when she grows up – and she knows that’s sooner than later. Ante has put together a solid run in the past year reaching the Woody Hunt 18's semifinals and the quarters at Sectionals last summer before earning a spot in the main

San Diego’s Hiromi Sasano Captures Fifth-Straight USTA National 40 Hard Court Title

By Steve Pratt There’s a little secret to Hiromi Sasano’s dominating success at national age-group tournaments, especially over the past five years in which she has captured the USTA National 40s Hardcourt singles title at her favorite venue the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The 46-year-old Sasano said getting beat up by players more

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