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Evert Tennis Academy
The Evert family is, without any doubt whatsoever, one of the finest tennis families in the state of
Florida, and in the country. The Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) has had an association with the Evert
family for many decades. Board members Pierce, Christopher and Allan Kelley grew up in Miami at
about the same time the Evert family was growing up in nearby Ft. Lauderdale.
All five of the Evert children became championship caliber players, beginning with Drew, then
Chrissie, Jeannie, John and Claire. Drew is about the same age as Christopher, and Allan is less than a
month younger than Chrissie. Back then, in the late '50s and early '60s, there were dozens of
tournaments throughout the year in South Florida and everyone knew everyone else.
Beginning in the early '80s, the YTF began making awards in honor of their parents, Jimmy and
Collette. In fact, in 1985, at our annual meeting, Arthur Ashe was our featured speaker, and he, together
with Jack Blair, our president at the time, presented the first of many "Evert" awards. The event was
held at the Doral Country Club and it involved an elaborate dinner at a cost of $100 per person, where
hundreds of tennis patrons were in attendance. Parenthetically, Billie Jean King, who was unable to
attend the meeting, had given the YTF thousands of t-shirts, courtesy of Domino's Pizza, as well as
thousands of dollars, to support our Youth Team Tennis program, which evolved into what is now the
USTA's Junior Team Tennis program, which is, of course, a national program.
In 1989, when Pierce wrote his book, Introducing Children to the Game of Tennis, which was
called by the United States Tennis Association and Tennis magazine, to be "the" perfect introduction
and primer for parents of beginning players, Jimmy wrote the Foreword to the book. Incidentally, at
first, Jimmy didn't want to do it and suggested that Pierce ask Nick Bollettierri to do it. Pierce insisted,
saying that he wanted Jimmy to do that for him, not Nick, and Jimmy acquiesced.
For the past six years or so, the YTF has given an award in honor of Jimmy Evert, a highly
respected tennis professional who worked at the public facility in Ft. Lauderdale for decades, to one
deserving male player to attend a week-long summer camp at the Evert Academy in Deerfield Beach. An
award is also given in honor of Collette Evert, his wife, to a deserving female junior player. It is an
excellent facility, where the top pros in the world train, and all who have attended have raved about the
The 2023 Evert Academy Award male recipient was Dillon Chylinski, who is the grandson of our newest
YTF Board member, Maura Moynihan.
|2023 Recipient, Dillon Chylinski
Dillon is pictured with Sabalenka (# 2 in the world) and is also pictured with Ajla Tomlijanovic at
the Chris Evert Academy.
|Dillon and Sabalenka
|Dillon and Tomlijanovic
The 2023 Collette Evert Award female recipient was Weronika (Nika) DeLong. She was very thankful for
the opportunity that YTF gave her to attend the Evert Academy. She made some great memories, met
new friends, and of course played a ton of tennis. Nika feels her tennis game has improved since
attending and she is eager to compete again; it was a week to remember!
|2023 Recipient, Nika DeLong
The 2022 Evert Tennis Academy was held in Boca Raton, FL the first week in August.
Both a male and female participant were selected by YTF Board Member, Sue Zipay to attend.
All expenses for the week long camp were paid for by the Youth Tennis Foundation.
Congratulations to Hunter Andres and Parker Zautcke who earned the opportunity to attend the
camp. They both sent a note of appreciation to YTF for supporting their experience.
Dear Youth Tennis Foundation,
I cannot thank you enough for providing this opportunity for me. I know that I learned a lot from
the Chris Evert Tennis Camp and I really tried my best to make the most of my time there. Not only
was it fun but it was super beneficial to my progress as a tennis player. It also taught me life
lessons that I will hold close to me hopefully for life. I am so grateful for your grace. Thank
you so much for providing these opportunities, not only to me but to kids everywhere.
Dear Youth Tennis Foundation,
Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! The Chris Evert Tennis Academy was truly
a wonderful experience that I would not have normally had the opportunity to attend. Starting
from day one, I was surrounded by amazing opportunities to really develop my overall game. The
academy was very clean, and lived up to the reputation that it was given. Everyday I really
looked forward to being able to play matches with the other players, and also being able to
do the fitness routines. At the start of my day, I was given a private lesson with my coach,
Diego. He provided me with a lot of information that really boosted my technique and my confidence.
This camp was such an amazing opportunity for me, and I can't wait to take what I learned from here
and apply it everyday. Again, thank you so much!
|2022 YTF Sponsored College Tennis Academy Camp players Parker Zautcke and Hunter Andres
Congratulations to Elisa Viplav, daughter of Anjan & Liza Viplav. Elisa was selected and is being sponsored
by Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) of Florida to attend Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, FL on June 21-25.
|Coach Liza Viplav and Elisa Viplav
|Elisa Viplav with her sister and Chris Evert
Congratulations to Camrin Wilcoxson, son of Yolanda and Darnell Wormely. Camrin was selected and is
being sponsored by Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) of Florida to attend Evert Tennis Academy in Boca
Raton, FL on July 5-9.
Coach Tom Moore, Camrin Wicoxson, and step dad, Darnell Wormely