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Billie Jean King & Bernie Chavis

Bernard Chavis has served as national President of the American Tennis Association (ATA), President of the USTA Middle States Philadelphia Area Tennis District, and President of the US Professional Tennis Registry (now PTR) in the Middle States Section. He has been a symposium presenter at national tennis conferences. Mr. Chavis has served on the Boards of the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF), the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), and the USTA Middle States Section. He has also contributed his expertise on the USTA's National Plan for Growth steering committee as well.


He has the distinction of being the first African American to serve as President of the USTA Philadelphia Area Tennis District (1994) and the first to referee a USTA national championship tournament - the Senior Men's National Grass Court Championships at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia (1996). He is a Life Member of the USTA, the ATA, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In 2005, Chavis was named a "Living American History Maker" by the Berean Institute in Philadelphia.


Mrs Chavis continues to serve as the President/CEO of the Black Tennis Foundation of Philadelphia, Inc., a nonprofit which he helped to co-found in 1992 to benefit urban youth in the Philadelphia area. He is a Certified PTR instructor and a tournament director at many high profile tournaments in the area. He resides in the Philadelphia suburb of Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania with his wife, Mila and son, Bernard, 111.