Reaction Rules in Doubles
By Michael Chamberlain, USPTA


When it comes to tennis, expect the unexpected. So many factors about the game make it extremely unpredictable. Tennis players must adapt to external factors such as weather conditions and the court. More importantly, there are internal factors such as mental or physical fatigue, nervousness, pain, and confidence that affect every player differently. Tennis becomes even more unpredictable in doubles with a bigger court and an extra player on each side. When things are ­unpredictable, there is a lower probability of finding a rhythm or gaining some momentum. The goal is to find a way to control ... more
Growing the Game; Growing Your Business


Tap into the flourishing youth tennis market and give your programming a boost by hosting a Play Day. Grow your business and get more kids playing by introducing them to competition in a low-pressure setting so they can transition to team tennis and tournaments. To learn how to host a successful Play Day, we spoke with five USPTA Professionals whose programs – and business – have been positively impacted by registering and hosting events throughout the year. They all have different tips, but there is one common thread: Each organizer, whether at a private club or as part of ... more
USPTA Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards


USPTA is now accepting nominations for its 2014 National Awards Program. As the leader in tennis-teacher education and certification, each year the USPTA honors members who are committed to excellence as tennis teachers and as ambassadors using tennis to impact people and communities. The USPTA is accepting nominations until the June 17 deadline. All Professional-level members are eligible. Recipients will be recognized during the Tennis Teachers Conference Aug. 22-25 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The award categories are: ... more
Grass Courts Added to USPTA 2014 National Tournament Series Slate


USPTA added a fourth tournament to its 2014 National Surface Championship Series schedule, which will now cover all four court surfaces. The 2014 USPTA Grass Court Championships will be held at the Desert Highlands Racquet Club Sept. 11-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. USPTA Professionals will have the chance to compete for $6,000 in total prize money among eight men’s and women’s events: open singles and open doubles, 45 and over singles, and 45 and over doubles. Now in its ninth year, the USPTA Surface Championships offer USPTA members the opportunity to test their playing skills in competition and earn prize money at each event... more

Who are Your Cardio Tennis Key Stakeholders? Try this new approach to grow Cardio Tennis fast!
By Mike Woody, TIA Global Cardio Tennis Trainer

Cardio Tennis Professionals across the country have a significant stake in growing their programs with new ideas and better understanding of customer motivations. Not only are there financial implications of growing Cardio Tennis, but this unique fitness experience can boost interest in the overall tennis agenda of your organization ... more

CEO's message

John Embree, USPTA CEOThe Impact You Maker

Since the announcement of our new equipment endorsement with Prince Global Sports, we have received a ton of phone calls and emails in our office asking questions about the endorsement agreement, how it will work and what it means to our membership at large. Without question, this relationship is far different than those that the USPTA has had in the past. For that reason, I wanted to take the time to explain (as best that I can) why this endorsement is structured as it is and the benefits for USPTA ... more

Vice president's message

Dan Moster USPTA Surface Championships and More –
Will You Play or Host?

As the weather improves across the U.S., the time has come for the 2014 USPTA Surface Championships to begin. And by the time you read this article, the USPTA Indoor Championships have come and gone and the USPTA Clay Court Championships are in its final preparations. The 2014 USPTA Surface Championships are well underway and USPTA members should consider playing in one or more of this year’s ... more
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