The Rancho Cienega Tennis Club (RCTC) was formed in 1957 by a group of dedicated African American professionals to provide an environment rich with activity for its members to promote a lifestyle of good health, community service and opportunities to enjoy the game of tennis. RCTC actively promotes inner-league tennis teams and awards scholarships to local graduating seniors who are accepted to accredited colleges and universities.
RCTC annually sponsors tennis tournaments, including the Jackie Tatum Tennis Classic (JTTC) in Los Angeles, California. JTTC is an open tournament sanctioned and recognized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States. Each year, over 260 players travel from places as far away as New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Palos Verdes Estates to compete for the honor of winning their respective divisions.
RCTC membership includes: attorneys, elected officials, ministers, physicians, teachers, tennis professionals, and many hard-working and caring women, men and children.
RCTC works with Department of Recreation and Parks and concerned citizens to maintain the tennis courts and the Los Angeles Police Department to offer a safe haven for tennis players to learn a social sport and develop their game. Through it’s Junior Development Program, the RCTC plays a vital role in reducing juvenile delinquency by reaching out to at-risk youth and encouraging them to participate in the game of tennis and excel in school.
The following community organizations support RCTC: the City of Los Angeles Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr., City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council, and Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA).
RCTC is a member of the American Tennis Association, Black Tennis Pros Network, and the Pacific Coast Championships.