Ronald Agenor Tennis Academy
"TAKE YOUR GAME TO NEW HEIGHTS"
RATA is an international tennis academy based in Boca raton, Florida. RATA offers customized year-round programs centered around kids, juniors, adults, aspiring professionals, and professionals.
RATA was founded in 2002 in Los Angeles by Ronald Agenor, former world ranked #22, at the Burbank Tennis Center. RATA's training and coaching programs helped numerous juniors, adults, aspiring professionals and professionals improving their game in NO TIME. RATA has also helped juniors and adults win USTA titles and professionals win in the ITF and USTA Pro Circuit titles as well as compete in the Grand Slams, and for some obtain Division 1 College Tennis Scholarships in the United States.
It is always a difficult and crucial moment to make the decision to pursue a professional tennis career but if you do look no further. RATA's state of the art customized training & coaching program is designed to help you reach your best game. The focus is on you. Take a look at where you are now and where you want to be. RATA will provide every player with a real workable and realistic plan customized to their strengths and passions to help them achieve his/her goals. Contact RATA today for more info on fees and availibility so you can take your game to new heights!
Ronald is the son of a former Diplomat at the United Nations and Minister of Agriculture of Haiti, He is the youngest of a family of six children. He has sustained one of the longest careers in the history of the game of tennis (19 years) and has scored wins against the world's greatest, such as Agassi, Connors, Vilas, Higueras, Wilander, Stich, Korda, Muster, Sanchez, Gilbert, Annacone, Rosset, Noah, Leconte, Forget, Curren, Cash, Rafter, to name a few and won 3 ATP Tour Titles. He learned how to play tennis in Congo (Ex Zaire) in 1974 and discovered competitive tennis in Bordeaux, France in 1978 under the wing of his brother Lionel and integrated the French Tennis Federation training program during one year at the Ligue de Guyenne in Bordeaux. He speaks fluently several languages and was once Honorary Consul of Haiti in Bordeaux, France, in 1989.
He was one of the top 8 juniors in the world in 1982 and turn pro in 1983 and made history by playing against Yannick Noah from France, in what would be the first all Black ATP World Tour tennis final in men's professional tennis history and won his first ATP World Tour Title in Athens in 1989. That same year he reached the 1/4 finals at the French Open losing to eventual winner Michael Chang in a fierce 4 sets battle and in 1990 he won 2 ATP World Tour Titles, Berlin (Germany) and Genova (Italy).
At the French Open in 1994 he defeated David Prinosil 14/12 in the fifth set in 5 hours and 5 mns and broke the previous record of the longest match in the number of games in the history of the French Open since the open era previously held by Emilio Sanchez.
After a break from the pro circuit Ronald made an incredible comeback in 1999 and became at 35 years of age the oldest player to reach the top 100 in the world since Jimmy Connors did it in 1991. In 2000 he represented and lead the Lido Luzern Tennis Club to its first Swiss National title in 100 years. In 2001 and at years of age, Ronald finished the year ranked ATP #186 appearing in a final against David Nalbandian from Argentina.
Ronald retired from Professional tennis in 2002 and opened the "Ronald Agenor Tennis Academy" in Los Angeles, CA, in May 2002.
Beside coaching the game plays tennis exhibitions, performs clinics around the world and participated in various legends events with the world's greatest players.