Mental Toughness

By Mike O’Connell, USPTA Master Professional

In order to perform at the highest level, mental toughness is one of the key ingredients to being ­successful. Recently I had the pleasure and honor to teach and work with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. The 37-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. In her book, “My Stroke of Insight,” she describes watching her mind deteriorate over the course of four hours, to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of her life. ... more
The Tiebreaker Plan

By Rod Heckelman, USPTA

We just needed to win one of the tiebreakers and we were in the nationals,” so comments a competitive 3.5 player. With league tennis, this is the new reality – you really need to know how to play and win tiebreakers. The fact is, to have a game plan is nice but nearly impossible considering the many variables. The first being that there are four individuals who can play differently from day to day. The second is the emotional state when someone finally gets to a tiebreaker. Some are happy to reach that point, while others enter into that moment feeling that they missed their opportunity to win ... more
Guinness World Record Tennis Challenge for ThanksUSA

A heart of gold, an indomitable spirit, and a rigorous workout regimen - those are the ingredients 61-year-old USTA official and competitive tennis manager Bonnie Vona is depending on to propel her through a daunting 72-Hour Tennis Marathon Challenge in support of military families. The Virginia mother of two women, one of whom is a First Lieutenant in the Army, is preparing to surpass the Guinness World Record number - 36 - for most consecutive opponents in tennis singles. Vona expects to reach 44 matches at the Montgomery TennisPlex in Maryland. ... more
USPTA Joins PHIT America, a National Campaign Helping America Get More Active, Fit & Healthy

USPTA has become a sponsor of PHIT America, a national charity and campaign to fight the “inactivity pandemic” that is seriously affecting the health of Americans and our healthcare costs. This non-profit, started by the sport and fitness industry, promotes grassroots programs and new legislation to influence Americans to be more active, fit and healthy through the consumer website ... 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 CEO One Last Rodeo

Every April, the senior leadership of the USPTA comes together for one of two meetings per year (the other is held during our World Conference in the fall). Each division sends its president and first vice president to join the Board of Directors and three past national presidents to discuss the affairs of the association, get updated on key issues, provide committee reports, and develop game plans for the remainder of the year. This group of 45 volunteer Elite/Master Professionals constitutes the USPTA Executive Committee ... more

Vice President's message

Jack Michalko USPTA School Coach Category Reaches New Market

A couple of years ago the Membership Committee was faced with the challenge of designing and implementing a membership specifically for the middle school and high school tennis coach. But before we could dig in and start the process we needed to figure out who our audience should be. As we did our due diligence by contacting current USPTA members who are high school coaches from around the country, we found out ... more

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