Charlottesville Tennis Patrons Association (CTPA) was
organized in 1967. Roger Flint, "Mr. Tennis", (pictured on the right)
helped to start it, in an effort to get more people involved in the game.
Since that time Charlottesville has become the nation's most popular tennis city per capita, as stated in the 1996 National Demographics and Lifestyles Survey.
The popularity of tennis in Charlottesville is mostly attributed to the programs which it has to offer; programs that Roger Flint was instrumental in starting.
The Get Acquainted Tennis Club (GATC) was started in 1978 by Roger Flint and Mimi Moring. It began as a way to provide a non-threatening atmosphere in which people could play the game, and on a regular basis.
Also that year, Roger started the "Pepsi Mobile Tennis" program for kids. The instructors literally bring the game to the streets. Racquets, balls, and nets are provided in this free program, offered every summer at various locations throughout Charlottesville. The kids are "teased" into an interest for the sport, as the basics are learned through fun-filled games.
The success of tennis in Charlottesville is best summarized in the following paragraph, as was written in the Tennis Buyer's Guide, Summer 1997.
"But the numbers tell only a small piece of the story. The root of Charlottesville's success is people, and Roger Flint heads the list. 'He should get all the credit,' admits Bartola, who has worked with Flint on Mobile Tennis. When he visits the Get Acquainted Group, Flint sits under a 50- by 20-foot outdoor clubhouse that he helped build for the high school. He even brings a cooler full of drinks for everyone to share. People stop to shake hands with the man who's left the tennis legacy for Charlottesville."