USPTA Mourns the Passing of Vic Braden

Tennis icon Vic Braden passed away Oct. 6, 2014. He was a long-time supporter and advocate for the USPTA and a giant in the tennis industry. A private ceremony was held in November. Braden impacted tennis as a player, teaching professional and broadcaster. In 2013, he was inducted into the ­USPTA Hall of Fame. In addition, he was recognized throughout the industry, notably winning the USTA’s award for Contributing Most to Tennis in America, the ATP Children’s Tennis Award, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame Education Merit Award. Braden was named USPTA Professional of the Year ... more
Tips for Parents of Young Athletes – Do’s and don’ts for parents to keep in mind when their children play tennis
by Todd Upchurch, USPTA

One thing that I love to do is watch my children play sports. It can be the most exhilarating experience or one of the most frustrating. Remembering that your children should be on the court because they want to and not to fulfill your dreams can be difficult. Your children will gravitate to and be successful at tennis if they feel progression, a sense of belonging, and pride in themselves for playing. While we all fail sometimes (parenting is full of guilt), following the suggestions below will help ensure you have a ... more
What is a USPTA Master Professional Worth?
by Tom Daglis, USPTA Master Professional

You have spent countless hours working toward and earning a classification called USPTA Master Professional, and often your clientele or tennis consumer base is not aware of your significant accomplishment. I offer these tips for current and aspiring USPTA Master ­Professionals: Market yourself as a USPTA Master Professional. That means the designation should be on your business cards, email signature, club newsletter articles in your salutation, in your posted bio in the pro shop, any signage around the club, on your teaching baskets, etc. There are fewer ... 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 CEOOur Professional Imperative

As many of us have been involved with the USTA either at the national, section or even district level, we have heard a message over this past year about the Urgent Imperative facing the association at present. The USTA rallying cry for its volunteers is to recognize the challenges ahead if the current trends continue with baby boomers aging out. For the USPTA, we have our own rallying cry. Our Urgent Imperative is what I would rather call our Professional Imperative... more

Vice President's message

Gary TrostUSPTA Professionals are Celebrating an Anniversary

The change of membership from P1, P2 and P3 to Elite Professional and Professional is about to celebrate its first anniversary in January 2015. There is favorable feedback from the membership and the tennis industry regarding the changes that we have made. Since all applicants who pass the Certification Exam become Professional-level members, there is no longer confusion over ... more

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