By Cathy Nordlund, USTA Florida tennis service representative
Miami’s Cyndi Johnston, who has introduced thousands of children to USTA Junior Team Tennis over her 12 years as an area league coordinator, will retire at the end of this season.
Cyndi has been a pied piper for Junior Team Tennis, and parents and children both love her for the caring and organization she has brought to the Miami community. Over the years she has brought more than 100 teams to spring and fall Junior Team Tennis regional events held by USTA Florida, and she is always present at matches to make sure that the children have emotional support and the parents administrative support.
What makes Cyndi unique is she visits all “her kids” and coaches before the season, during, and after to make sure they are aware of all the opportunities the USTA has to offer. Many parents depend on her to offer advice and guidance concerning junior tournaments and the 10-and-under pathway, developing their games with the red, orange and green balls before moving on to the full-size court and adult balls.
Cyndi’s dedication to the sport was apparent in 2005 when she became a lifetime member of the USTA. During her tenure as JTT coordinator in Miami she also qualified several teams to the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships.
Our last match on April 14th saw more than 100 kids in attendance, and everyone signed her big farewell card with well wishes. We will miss Cyndi and all that she has done for youth tennis in Miami. Cyndi is one-of-a-kind with a heart of gold.
She will be retiring at the end of this spring season to move with her husband Roy to Myrtle Beach.
I will miss her and wish her the best in this new phase of her life. Cyndi thank you for everything you have done for junior tennis and to grow future generations of tennis players in the Miami area.