A Weekly Tribute to Our Troops Tennis Thanks the Troops’ Veterans Adaptive Tennis Clinic

By Stefanie Bannon, ThanksUSA

I decided to start playing tennis to get active and lose weight,” says Carol Janssens, as she walks across the tennis court. Carol, a Navy veteran of 21 years, has just finished an hour-long tennis lesson with fellow veterans at East Potomac Tennis Center in Washington, D.C. “But I keep coming back for the awesome instructors – they are the best.” ... more
Delivering a World-Class Private Lesson

By Chris Lewit, USTA High Performance Coach

In different countries and cultures around the world, the importance of private lessons for junior development can vary greatly. For some, private lessons are highly prized and considered absolutely essential, and for others they are dismissed as unnecessary, wasteful and extravagant. I have spoken with many Spanish coaches, for example, who often lament that American players – and parents – are obsessed with private lessons ... more
Communicate to Win We must Prepare, Plan and Persist to Succeed

By Dan O’Connell, USPTA Master Professional

You walk into the locker room at the Maseru Club, Lesotho (Africa), sweaty, tired and discouraged. “OK,” you say to yourself, “It’s a hot day.” But you know you’ve played and taught tennis under blistering African suns on hotter days. This day you feel defeated. You couldn’t get across to Mrs. Farnsworth the simplest volley – never mind trying to correct her disastrous serve. She got mad; you got frustrated and lost your cool. ... more
Professional Tennis Comes of Age


From the 1920s to the 1950s, professional tennis events consisted mainly of head-to-head tours featuring the likes of Bill Tilden, Ellsworth Vines, Fred Perry, Don Budge, Bobby Riggs and Jack Kramer. These professional tours “barnstormed” throughout Middle America with portable courts, gradually educating and preparing a tennis public outside of the East Coast. ... 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 ... more

CEO's message

John Embree, USPTA CEOCome to Orlando

In case you did not know, we will be returning to Orlando, Fla., for the 2017 World Conference after a four year absence. But this gathering of our leadership and engaged members is going to be unlike any that we have held in the past. Why? Not only will we be showing off our new eco-friendly and technological World Headquarters, but you will able to experience the brand new USTA National Campus in Lake Nona! ... more

Vice President's message

Jack Michalko “Cash In” On the AIM Program

In late November of 2013 the Public Relations Committee, co-chaired by Jeff Hawes and Joe Roediger, brought to the Membership Committee, which I chair, an idea for a program that would promote new memberships and reward current members. They named the program AIM, which represents Admire, Invite and Mentor. They asked if it would be possible for both committees to work together ... more

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