Elly's Story

by Richard Makepeace,USPTA

Elly is a 60-year-old tennis player who first came to me for coaching about nine months ago. Her husband Ron, a naturopathic doctor, had integrated tennis into her program of recovery from a severe stroke she suffered in January 2011. She was not expected to live and had been in a coma for six weeks – before beginning a remarkable recovery. Within six months she was walking several miles daily. Two months later she began playing tennis again. Elly began lessons with me a while ago. We worked on basics – stroke development, proper footwork, etc. My goals were to make Elly feel comfortable ... more
School of Tennis – Building and Ensuring Tennis’ Future!

USPTA Professionals are growing tennis at all levels through successful teaching and coaching careers, and a new fast-growing and innovative career opportunity for them has emerged to significantly enhance their efforts. Bringing TGA Premier Youth Tennis franchises to communities across the country is like starting serve up 40-love. Imagine USPTA members garnering a competitive advantage in their markets by providing after-school tennis programs at every elementary school within their communities. As those youngsters age and become vested in the sport along with their parents ... more
Longevity Career Planning

By Tom Sweitzer, USPTA Master Professional

The tennis industry, being a relatively young profession, does not have a clear-cut, easy-to-follow plan for long-term career success. Your physical ability to stay in the business during your later years will require you to change your game at some point in your career. The phrase, “we are going in a different direction,” is a very common life-changing occurrence that many older tennis professionals will hear as their place of employment looks to bring in a player coming out of the circuit with a faster serve and a bigger forehand. What will you do when ... more
It’s Time for Tennis Pros and CTAs to Reach Across the Net, Shake Hands and Get to Know One Another

By Lane Evans, USPTA

As Chairman of the Pro Relations Committee for the North Carolina Tennis Association as well as NC Area 12 Director, which oversees tennis activity in eight to nine counties in Western North Carolina, I am required to monitor tennis professionals and Area 12 (Western NC) tennis activity around the state and my area, reporting back to my NC Board of Directors semi-annually at meetings at our CDW and NC Tennis Weekend events. The committee responsibilities are to act as 1) an advisory committee, helping Community Tennis Associations ... 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 Value of Our Division Conferences

As most USPTA members will attest, the governance structure with our autonomous divisions is one of the USPTA’s greatest strengths. The volunteer boards in each division working alongside their respective Executive Directors and Executive Administrators are the lifeblood of our association. Without the hard work of so many (who often receive little fanfare or recognition), we would not be able to follow the strategic plan that has been created nationally nor implement the programs ... more

First Vice President's message

Tom McGrawRaising the Bar

As the largest trade association for tennis-teaching professionals, the most important service we can provide our members is career assistance. After all, while we can provide numerous tangible benefits to pros in the form of products and services, the single most useful thing that we should be focused on is how to help our members get better jobs and how to make those jobs better. Many of the discussions and debates that your leadership .... more

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