The Goldman Tennis Center has so much history that it’s simply an honor to be part of the community. My family and I moved to the Bay Area while the center was being rebuilt, so I personally only have experienced it after the renovation. Even though every corner of the center is new, you can still sense its connection to the past and its deep ties to the community.
I played competitive tennis as a junior in Mexico, then at Sacramento State. I’m currently the head coach of the Academy of Art University Women’s Tennis Team. Making tennis accessible for all ages, levels and backgrounds is something I feel very strongly about and I’m excited to help the Tennis Coalition further its mission.
Martha Ehrenfeld, Co-Chair
When I first moved to San Francisco, the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center was one of the first places I went to find friends and a community. Now it is my turn to give back to the tennis community and my city.
I have served on the board of the Golden Gate Tennis Club, the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Federation and the SF Recreation and Park Department’s Tennis Advisory Committee. I am currently a member of the USTA Northern California Diversity Committee as well as board member of the San Francisco Parks Alliance. I follow the work of many community tennis leaders who formed the Tennis Coalition; they spoke up and worked hard to be an advocate for public tennis in San Francisco. It is an honor to continue their work.
I grew up playing tennis in Northern California; I learned the game playing at the high school courts with my Mom and Dad and followed that by meeting my husband playing tennis. A large part of my career I was involved in the tennis industry. Tennis is truly the game of a lifetime and an opportunity to make lasting friendships and stay healthy and active.
I played many tournaments at Golden Gate Park and have fond memories. To be able to be a part of providing those memories for others by creating an amazing place to play and learn is a great opportunity and one that I am excited to be a part of.
Lois Anne Indorf, Secretary
I joined the Tennis Coalition to give back to the tennis community and especially my favorite place in the world, Golden Gate Park!
I started playing at public courts in SF in the early 80s, first at JP Murphy, but as league tennis grew I joined teams out of Golden Gate Park. I made wonderful friends, took/take lessons through SF Recreation and Parks, enjoy team competition and play with the youth tennis players at Golden Gate Park!
Through my professional experience as a Nurse Practitioner, I know that our bodies are made for movement, and it is important to have fun moving. Tennis can fulfill the need for lifelong movement and fun!
Through the Tennis Coalition I help support the improvement and revitalization of our tennis resources, and through these resources support our tennis playing youth, adults and seniors!
I started playing tennis in the 1980s (with a wooden racquet), inspired by a 17-year-old Boris Becker winning Wimbledon. I benefited from after-school programs in Palo Alto when I was growing up and at 13 decided to commit to tennis as my main sport. I played junior tennis in the USTA NorCal district, winning the 16 & Under and 18 & Under singles tournament at Golden Gate Park.
These days I play at the Cal Club, the Hamilton courts and Grattan Playground. I am excited about the improvements being made at GGPTC, especially the lights for nighttime play and the greater spacing between courts. What excites me the most is the skills that young people will learn and the communities that will form at the renovated facility. I hope that future generations will create amazing memories at the new GGPTC playing and competing there. I'm excited to contribute to the Tennis Coalition of SF and help improve tennis in San Francisco for everyone!
At six years old, I started playing tennis at the Harbor Bay Club in Alameda and have been in love with it ever since. I always look for opportunities to stay engaged with the sport and some highlights have been captaining Cal’s club team, attending all four Grand Slams, running Apple’s club, and volunteering at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Now as a San Francisco resident, I’ve enjoyed building my tennis network as a regular at Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park. I’m excited to continue giving back to the tennis community with the Tennis Coalition!
Lilian Kim Lynch
I took up tennis soon after I moved to San Francisco and everything I learned about playing the game was through the classes I signed up for with Rec and Parks. The experience was life changing. I learned new skills, met new friends, and developed a passion for the sport. Along the way, the tennis courts at Golden Gate Park became my happy place. I cherish the relationships I've made over the years; there is a sense of community that I have yet to find anywhere else. I'm excited to be part of the Tennis Coalition and to give back to the community that has given me so much.
I started playing tennis when I was eight years old in Folsom, CA. Thanks to the support of my family and community, I went on to become a top nationally ranked player and a Division 1 collegiate athlete at Harvard University. Now as an adult, I am re-shaping my relationship with the sport to be around community, making friends, and staying healthy.
I am grateful for the way tennis has shaped me. I learned tough life lessons and discipline in a safe environment, felt strong and empowered as a young girl and had a chance to see the world through competition. I could not have done any of this without access to coaching, facilities and the support of my mentors and family. I believe that any motivated individual should have the same opportunity to enjoy tennis as I did and more. As such, the mission to champion public tennis and to build a community around the sport is what inspired me to become a board member at TCSF.
I am excited to join all of you on this journey together!
I am an avid tennis player and am passionate about growing public tennis in San Francisco. I grew up playing on public tennis courts in Los Angeles and understand the importance of accessibility. I have played tennis competitively at every level - juniors, collegiately and professionally, including many tournaments over the years at Golden Gate Park - now the Goldman Tennis Center. I am excited to be part of the Tennis Coalition of San Francisco and look forward to sharing my love for the sport with others. I live in the Richmond district of San Francisco with my wife and two young children and enjoy exploring the city with my family.
Lois Salisbury, Co-Chair
My love affair with Golden Gate Park began with a love affair. Literally. My first date with my husband was a walk in the Children’s Playground. Now, decades later, the Park continues to mean so much to me: a perfect Sunday starts with tennis, capped off by swing dancing at Lindy in the Park with my husband.
My career as a civil rights lawyer, children’s policy advocate and non-profit manager was full of big challenges. Working to restore the tennis center in Golden Gate Park is big, too, but also very tangible. Once complete, these world-class public courts will bring sport and joy to new generations of San Franciscans from all backgrounds, united by their love of tennis. What an honor to be part of The Tennis Coalition.
The places where I grew in Massachusetts and Maine each had community tennis courts where my parents played and the kids hit against a wall and until it was our turn. Mixed doubles was my father and me against my brother and my mother. How did I forget for years how much fun it was? As an adult I picked up a racquet again looking to get some more exercise. I joined the Gay Lesbian Tennis Federation (GLTF) and met great friends and teammates and served on the Board. Through friends I got involved with the campaign to build the new Golden Gate Park Tennis Center, served on the Tennis Coalition Board and helped the GLTF become a contributor to the effort. Now, every time I play at GGP I look around me and cannot believe it - the results are even better than imagined - it is beautiful, it is functional and the feeling of community is strong. Running around, hitting balls, green and trees around, hawks overhead - it doesn't get better!
I am pleased to be rejoining the Board in 2022 and looking forward to growing with the Tennis Coalition into the next chapter. We have many new players and a world class public tennis center to bring the benefits and fun of tennis to the broader community. It is exciting to be part of it.
Past Board Members