Lonnie White displays his trophies

Lonnie White won three championships at the ATA National Championships held recently in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

MOULTRIE — Colquitt County Sports Hall of Famer Lonnie White won three championship titles in the 97th Annual American Tennis Association National Championship Tournament.

 This year, the tournament was held at the Tennis Club of Ft. Lauderdale on August 3-9, 2014.

White, who normally plays men's doubles with Milton “Amp” Myers, played 40s mixed doubles, 50s mixed doubles and 50s men’s singles in this year’s tournament.  

“Amp and I have been partners for over 18 years,” White said.

“Due to a conflict in his schedule, he was unable to participate this year.  He was truly missed because he’s also my warmup partner. We have developed a practice routine that is a winning formula that you don’t want to mess with.

“I have often thought about playing two mixed doubles events in the National Championships but my top priorities were to play singles and men’s doubles.”

With Myers unable to play, White played mixed doubles.

“Sherrie and Michelle both held their own and they both had the ‘will-to-win,’” said White.

In mixed 40s doubles, White teamed with Sherrie Barnes of Atlanta and defeated Titania Harris of Chicago, Ill., and Arveal Turner of Memphis, Tenn., 6-2; 6-1

In mixed 50s doubles, White and Michelle Avery of Philadelphia, Pa., defeated the team of Darlene Queen of California, Md. and Mark Williams of Delray Beach, Fla., in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

In men’s 50’s singles, White defeated Willie Marshall  of Miramar, Fla., 6-4, 6-2.

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