Tennis Exec Katrina Adams Has Learned to Enjoy the Battle

Featuring a broad cross-section of women who have distinguished themselves across a rich variety of careers, our Portraits of Power series is a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Black Enterprise, and of black women. It’s a place for today’s businesswomen to share their own favorite images and their own stories, in their own words. Today’s portrait is Katrina Adams, tennis’s first African American president.

Katrina M. Adams

Nickname Kat

Title Past Chairman/President, USTA; Executive Director, Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program; VP, International Tennis Federation (ITF)

My first job was pro tennis player

My big break came when I became a professional tennis player and later, an analyst on the Tennis Channel

I’ve had to work hardest at communicating my personal feelings/emotions

I never imagined I would write a book or become the Chairman, CEO and President of the United States Tennis Association

I wish I’d learned a second language sooner.

The risk I regret not taking is mastering a second language.

If I could design my fantasy self-care day, it would be spent with a large latte in the morning and a large freshly squeezed orange juice. A light cardio workout, a mani/pedi and late lunch to follow. Perhaps a round of golf, followed by a massage and then a nice glass of champagne before dinner with friends.

The passing of my mother in August and the physical and mental health of my father keeps me up at night.

When I’m struggling, I say to myself, embrace the path that you lead and enjoy the battle. Take it one issue at a time, one day at a time.

I am unapologetically confident and unwavering.

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