November 2017 – Granville Johnson

Tennis Ace of the Month – Granville Johnson

Granville Johnson

Where were you born and raised?

Kingston Jamaica

If you aren’t from Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas, what brought you to Pittsburgh, PA?

My ex-wife

How long have you been associated with the Highland Park Tennis Club? In what capacities?

I have been a member since HPTC started

At what age, where and with whom did you first begin playing tennis?

I was living in Toronto Canada, when I  bought my first tennis racket. I  had no idea what I  was doing at the time.

Did you play for any school teams?   If so, what teams,  when and at what schools?


What level tennis  player are you now?  What was your highest  ranking? No sure,

 I would guess 3.5 maybe.

Do you play in tournaments   now?  If so, why?   If not, why not?


Do you prefer singles, doubles and or mixed play?  Why?

I  prefer singles, even though I play doubles and mixed doubles.

Name two of your favorite  tennis players  and tell why they are your favorites.

Roger Federer and  Roger Federer.

If you could  ask each of them a question,  what would the questions  be?

I’m not sure what I would ask them. What is it about the game that you like? Why?

Competing, exercise,  you meet a lot of wonderful  people who play tennis. Is there anything  about the game that you don’t like and if so, what  is it and why?

No.  There  isn’t anything  I don’t like.

If you could  change  one thing about tennis,  what would it be?

Not sure

What do you consider  the strongest  aspect  of your tennis game? Why?

My return of serve

What part of your tennis game would you most like to improve? Why?

My serve.  I   would  like to be able to serve more winners

Do you have a personal tennis match that stands out in your mind? Please share the circumstances of that match with us.

No, not really

Aside from tennis, in what other athletic activities do you participate?

I  go to the gym in the winter time

What is your favorite type of music?


Name your favorite musical artist/group?

Roberta Flack!

What is your favorite food?

Salmon, veggies, Rice

What can always be found in your refrigerator?

Yogurt, bottles water, Lots of frozen vegetables

What is your favorite vacation spot?


If there is anything that you would change about the world in which we live today, what would it be?

Find a way to get rid the guns and racism.

What would most others be surprised to know about you?

I  have lived in four countries and have been to seven eight total and counting.

Is there anything you would like to add?