Our Story

Boerne Tennis Association (BTA) is committed to inspiring and empowering underserved youth through the power of tennis. Our story begins in the vibrant city of Mutare, Zimbabwe, where tennis has long been a beloved sport. Ann-Martin, a passionate advocate for youth development, initiated a groundbreaking tennis program that aimed to provide opportunities for hundreds of underserved young people. Despite the program never being officially registered, the Manicaland Tennis Association operated as a vibrant, nonprofit, community tennis association, transforming the lives of countless individuals.

Among those positively impacted was Kuda, a determined and talented young player who emerged as one of the program’s standout participants. Through Ann-Martin’s initiative, Kuda excelled in his primary school and had the opportunity to train with some of the best players in the country. This invaluable experience not only honed his tennis skills but also exposed him to the possibilities of pursuing a future in the sport. Several players from the program even ventured to the United States to compete in top collegiate tennis, serving as beacons of hope and inspiration for underserved youth in Zimbabwe.

In 2008, Kuda embarked on a life-changing journey to the United States, driven by the aspiration to explore opportunities within the tennis industry. His initial foray into the American tennis scene led him to Windridge Tennis and Sports Camps in Vermont, where he found fulfillment in coaching and mentoring young athletes. While coaching, Kuda also had the opportunity to train alongside some of the nation’s most promising college tennis players. Although his childhood dream was to play tennis professionally, Kuda’s unwavering determination and adaptability led him to embrace coaching as a means of making a meaningful impact on the next generation of players.

In 2009, Kuda’s path brought him to Texas, where he seized the chance to train at the prestigious John Newcombe Tennis Academy, immersing himself in an environment teeming with some of the world’s most talented junior players. This pivotal experience not only deepened his understanding of the sport but also ignited a new dream within him — the dream of establishing his own tennis program. Fueled by this vision, Kuda pursued further education and secured an athletic scholarship at Our Lady of the Lake University, where he continued to cultivate his passion for tennis while also contributing to the university’s tennis program.

Kuda’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of tennis and the unwavering resilience of the human spirit. His experiences in Zimbabwe and the United States have shaped him into a dedicated advocate for youth empowerment through tennis. Today, as the founder of the Boerne Tennis Association, Kuda is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment where underserved youth can discover their potential, cultivate valuable life skills, and forge their own paths to success both on and off the court.

The BTA stands as a beacon of hope and opportunity, embodying the belief that tennis has the remarkable ability to transcend barriers, instill confidence, and inspire greatness. Through our programs and initiatives, we strive to empower the next generation of young athletes, nurturing their talents and nurturing their dreams as they embark on their own journeys of triumph and resilience. Join us in our mission to empower youth through tennis and to build a brighter, more inclusive future for all.