International Experience and Team Events – How important is it for junior tennis players to get exposure in team events and international tournaments? How can we increase this exposure for U.S. players?

By Matias Marin, USPTA

Tennis is an internationally recognized individual sport. From an early age, to high school, and to college, the benefits from team and international experience are exceedingly apparent. How do you promote this among U.S. junior tennis players? I believe that being exposed to team events at an early age is crucial to the aspiring tennis player. Being part of a team not only fosters ... more

Never too Soon to Plan for Your Future – Why you need a supplemental retirement plan

USPTA announced at the end of last year a new vendor-supported, supplemental retirement program for Professional-level members. Vendors such as Prince, NetKnacks, Nike/Fromuth and Hop-a-Razzi are making voluntary contributions (based on qualifying purchases) to a supplemental retirement plan. A recent question by one of the ­USPTA members was, “I already have a 401(k) at my club. Why do I need a supplemental retirement plan?” In 1960, the “magic” number that financial planners were touting that people needed to save for a secure retirement was $1 million. Times have changed ... more
Tips and info on the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference

Look beyond the schedule. There’s more to attending the conference than just sitting in a lecture. Keep your eyes and ears open as you walk from session to session. You might run into an old acquaintance you haven’t seen in years. You might see a pro you’ve always heard about but never met. Take some time to have a cup of coffee with someone new. This is a great opportunity to network. You never know where your next job might come from or where you might find the perfect employee. Don’t leave everything up to chance. Where else are you going to go where you will be around hundreds of other people in the tennis industry? ... more
USPTA Returns Down Under in 2015

Last year’s USPTA/Australian Open trip was such a success, we are doing it again! Join your fellow teaching pros in ­Melbourne to visit the Australian Open and take part in the Australian Grand Slam Coaches’ Conference. This special offer is for USPTA-certified Professionals only (and spouses/significant others) and is made possible through the efforts of Chadwick Byrd, owner of Tennis Ventures, Tennis Australia and USPTA. The Australian Open trip is scheduled for Jan. 13-23, 2015 and includes round-trip transportation from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australian Coaches’ Conference and tournament credentials, five sessions at the Australian Open, Great Ocean Road tour ... 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 CEOIndustry Connections

At the time of my hiring more than 20 months ago, I made a commitment to the Board ?that I would be very visible within the industry. Part of core pillar No. 4 of the strategic plan – to be more strongly aligned with allied organizations – ­required that I make a concentrated effort to attend industry functions, division conferences, association meetings, etc. It is no secret that in order to nurture relationships with industry partners, one cannot do it from behind a desk. ... more

Vice president's message

Tom DaglisThis is Your Trade Association

A trade association exists when people of like minds come together for a common purpose. That purpose is usually defined as: providing assistance and improving stakeholders’ career paths, goals and livelihood. USPTA has recently taken a hard look at its existence and determined that we can improve our organization for the individual member in such areas as: professionalism, careers, contacts and credibility. ... more

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