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Roscoe Tanner Tennis Clinic TUCSON

Roscoe Tanner


A 2-day clinic is set for Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29. The clinic will encompass the mechanics of serving including stance, location, stroke, contact point, toss, and follow-through, creating weight transfer. Roscoe will cover placement, types of serve (flat, slice, kick), and when to use it. He will also have a section on volleys and net play, so that players will learn to serve and volley.


Saturday October 28 —9:00am to 11:00am – Reffkin Tennis Center
Saturday October 28 —-4:00pm to 6:00pm – Reffkin Tennis Center
Sunday October 29 ——9:00am to 11:00am – Himmel Park
Sunday October 29 ——4:00pm to 6:00pm – Reffkin RESERVED for U of A Tennis Club

The format of the clinic would be a 2-hour session. In addition to the clinic, Roscoe would give a talk on “The History of Tennis”, current players, and his own personal stories. He will also be available for book signing of his book, “Double Fault”. All players should bring their tennis racquets, two cans of balls, their drink of choice for hydration, and wear proper tennis clothing. Any additional equipment for the clinic shall be provided by the clinic organizers.


Roscoe Tanner, one of Tennis greats has won 16 singles titles and 13 doubles titles in the Association of Tennis Professional Tour. In 1977, he won his first Grand Slam at The Australian Open, and in 1979 was a runner-up at Wimbledon, where he lost in 5-sets to Bjorn Borg. For several years, he was the doubles partner of the legendary Arthur Ashe. In 1979 he received the “Fair Play Award” from the United Nations. And at the height of his career, Roscoe Tanner was ranked number 4 in the world.

Nicknamed “The Rocket” in the 1970’s, Roscoe held the fastest serve record at 153 mph for more than 25 years, before it was broken by Andy Roddick at 155 mph in 2004. Though, many analysts still posit that Roscoe’s broken record is debatable, because of the advancement made in tennis rackets, which has improved and increase the speed of serves. By 2005, he published a confessional book, “Double Fault”, which detailed his rise to the pinnacle of the tennis world, and his downfall and human failings.


Diaspora Showcase is a media and entertainment company founded in 2004. From 1986 to 2006, Its founder, Kwevi Quaye, produced and developed several entertainment properties for ESSENCE magazine that included “ESSENCE Travel Club”, “Jazz At Sea”, “ESSENCE Music Festival” and ESSENCE Awards. Diaspora Showcase has produced more than 40 events and shows, including its flagship “Diaspora Showcase Africa”, that featured fashion, music, dance performance, and culinary arts. Throughout the1980’s, Mr. Quaye created and produced the “Sistema Soccer Classics”, that was an annual tournament, which featured 52 teams from around the world. He also produced the final “Exhibition Games” for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), featuring an all-star team and the U.S. Women Soccer National Team in 1990, prior to the first Women’s Soccer World Cup in China. Diaspora Showcase is a recipient of the ADDY Awards for Design and Advertising excellence.

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