Meet our Net Generation Ambassador: Madeleine Au
The USTA is proud to announce that Hawaii’s very own Madeleine Au has been selected to be part of the national Net Generation Aces program, which launched at the 2019 US Open. The program identifies athletes between the ages of 13 and 17 who are making a positive difference in their local communities through creative and impactful tennis programs. 17 young ambassadors from around the country were selected for embodying the youth tennis program’s character pillars: respect, responsibility, listening, effort, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
Madeleine started tennis at age 8 with the Play To Learn Tennis Program. Now 17, she is a member of the Kilauea Junior Team Tennis Club and the Mid-Pacific Institute school tennis team. Madeleine developed her game at the local public park during the beginnings of the new 10 and Under Tennis initiative. She became competent in red, orange and green ball, reaching her goal to play high school tennis. She has won numerous sportsmanship honors while competing in Junior Team Tennis.
Madeleine is a testimony that the sport of tennis enhances young lives, helpful in developing their physical strength and ability, their mental sharpness and focus and their confidence in interpersonal skills. Her tennis accomplishments and her positive engagement with the tennis community makes her a great ambassador of tennis.
This summer, Madeleine joined other Net Generation Aces at the US Open in New York as part of a four-day VIP trip, which includes a suite experience at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. Madeleine spread the Aloha spirit by bringing leis and chocolates for all the participants. She even taught them some Hawaiian words!
While in New York, Madeleine also joined a working session with USTA senior management and professional players, where she provided feedback on current USTA initiatives and discussed ideas for future programming.
Following the US Open, Net Generation Aces will represent the USTA by showcasing positivity, sportsmanship, and leadership in their local communities, providing continuing feedback, collaborating with fellow Aces on Net Generation projects, and participating in quarterly video webinars.
Congratulations and Mahalo for representing Hawaii so well, Madeleine!