When it comes to the level of fan interest for sports in southwest Atlanta, nothing rivals the passion behind football, basketball, and to some degree, baseball.
However, if one was to scratch beneath the surface, lurking in the rear and gaining momentum is tennis.
Just this past spring, Westlake High School’s boys’ squad became the first predominately black team to advance to the state championship match in Georgia. But the Lions aren’t the only group creating a tennis buzz in the community.
The Renaissance Tennis Group (RTG) is a grassroots organization that is exposing people to the sport are grooming athletes with the hopes of transforming southwest Atlanta into the next hotbed for tennis in the metro area.