KREST  is a non-profit organization that was founded in Knoxville, TN in 2014.

Inspired by the Amazing Story Of Frances Tiafoe , our goal is to give all children who have a love and interest in the sport of Tennis the opportunity to play, learn and compete regardless of their financial background.

As children growing up, we all had dreams and aspirations to become something great. Maybe you wanted to be the next Michael Jordan or Andre Agassi. All of us here at KREST believe that every child deserves the chance at their dreams. Our goal is to help the financially burdened  youth who might not be able to pursue their dreams of playing tennis a reality.

Without the support of the Knoxville community and Knoxville tennis enthusiasts, coaches, and players, none of this would be possible. If you are an individual or business and would be interested in sponsoring a child or have a child that is interested in becoming a part of the KREST program; please feel free to Contact Us.

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” Arthur Ashe

“You have to find it. No one else can find it for you.” Bjorn Borg


Our Mission

Our mission is to develop the abilities and character of young people through disciplined effort and hard work on and off the tennis court. We are committed to becoming one of the best junior development tennis training programs in the world.

From feeder programs to Champions, KREST promotes tennis as a catalyst for personal growth among juniors through positive lifestyle choices, academic success and hard work. We are committed to fostering an environment where juniors thrive. In this atmosphere, juniors will not only learn to enjoy a lifelong sport; they will be exposed to positive and constructive coaching that will encourage them to pursue excellence on the court, in the classroom, at home and in the community.

Our goal is to provide juniors with the keys to success by empowering them to take ownership of their future through hard work, perseverance, and sportsmanship.

I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.” Boris Becker

“I never look back, I look forward.” Steffi Graf

"Believe You Can, And You Will"

Community Outreach

KREST is committed to growing the sport of tennis in the city of Knoxville and Knox County through community outreach to underserved youths in our community. The initial goal is to promote health and wellness. The long-term objective is to promote personal growth to juniors through the development of skill sets that an individual learns on the tennis court. It is about having fun and achieving success.



• Develop a feeder program to teach the basics of tennis to youths.

• Identify candidates to continue training for competitive play.

• Sponsor a series of competitive level junior tournaments.

• Build, enhance and promote facilities in our the greater Knoxville area.

• Build, enhance and promote a venue for world class events.

• Provide full and partial scholarships for training to students in need.

Donations & Support

KREST depends on help from individuals and the community who provide their time, finances, and/or their resources to support our efforts. Without their generous contributions, KREST would not be possible.

KREST does not receive government funding of any type. We depend solely on donations because KREST is a (501)(C)(3) Charitable Organization.

All Donation Are Tax Deductable.


We are a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Knoxville Tennis Organization

Joe Sullivan Tennis Scholarships

Those who show great promise and commitment can qualify for Joe Sullivan scholarships that offer intensive instruction and extensive junior tournament experience. These can lead to college scholarships and the possibility of a professional career.

Meet Léo, the very first recipient of the Joe Sullivan Scholarship.

Léo recently had the opportunity to meet one of his role models Frances Tiafoe.

The Benefits Of Playing Tennis

Tennis is an amazing sport that can be played competitively and recreationally. One of the greatest things about tennis is that it can be played individually or as a doubles team match. According to Dr. Jim Gavin’s book The Exercise Habit, tennis helps those who do play have a more positive outlook on life. Listed below are just a few ways and individual can benefit from playing tennis both mentally and physically.

Physical Benefits Of Tennis

Psychological Benefits Of Tennis

Eye-Hand Coordination
Playing Tennis help to improve hand & eye coordination. Players must continuously keep the ball in their line of site while making split-second decisions on when, how and where to hit the ball.  
Bone Strength
Helps strengthen bones and younger players and helps to prevent osteoporosis in older ones.
Diabetes & Heart Disease
Tennis has been proven to help prevent both diabetes and heart disease by Improving heart and lung health.
Burn Calories
Playing Tennis is a great way to burn calories. Depending on the speed of the game, the more you run the more you burn. On average, a player can burn up to 300 calories for every 1/2 hour of tennis played.
Muscle Developement
Playing Tennis requires lots of movement. Tennis is the game of many sprints and drastically improves cardiovasxular health by increasing the heart rate and prpmoting high energy levels.
Develop Social Skills
Playing tennis is great for all ages to develop and improve upon their social skills. By interacting with other players both on and off of the court.  
Improved Alertness
Tennis is a sport that is played quickly and requires players to make split-second decisions. The exercise a player gets while playing tennis helps to reduce the negative effects of stress and fatigue, leaving one’s mind feeling more alert and able to concentrate.
Team Work
By playing doubles, players learn to work as a team by planning and implementing strategy throughout the course of a match.
Work Ethnic
Becoming a great Tennis player does not just happen, it takes hard work and dedication. Players will develop a strong work ethic while developing and perfecting their skills on the court.
Decision Making
While learning to correct mistake and make better decisions on the court, players will also be able to make better decisions and correct mistakes i in their own personal life off of the court.

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