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Visit Orlando Announces First-of-Its-Kind Partnership With USTA

Visit Orlando, the official tourism association for Orlando, Fla., teamed up with the USTA on June 13 to announce a major new partnership. Visit Orlando has been named the exclusive global tourism partner of the US Open. In addition to receiving on-court exposure at the US Open, Visit Orlando will also be able to engage with the more than 700,000 consumers attending the storied national tennis championships.

USTA Outstanding Facility Nominations Due May 30

Do you know an outstanding tennis facility in your local area—one with great courts, a great design, impressive construction and excellent tennis programs. Nominate it for a USTA Outstanding Facility Award, which is a great way for a facility to receive local and national recognition, and to help in fund-raising goals.

USTA TO CREATE THE NEW HOME FOR AMERICAN TENNIS AT LAKE NONA IN ORLANDO, FLA.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced its plans to create the new home for American tennis, a state-of-the-art facility at Lake Nona area in Orlando, Fla., that will enhance the sport at every level.  The 100-plus court tennis center, which will house the USTA’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions, will be divided into dedicated areas that will focus on the complete tennis pathway – from the youngest players, to recreational players, to collegians, to future professional players, and to professional tour level players.  The target completion date is the fourth quarter of 2016.

Net Tension Amendment Approved by USTA

The USTA Board of Directors, during the annual meeting in mid-March in California, approved an amendment to “Friend at Court” that recommends a net cord tension of between 400 and 450 pounds, with the tension of all nets at a facility to be within 25 pounds of each other. The amendment will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, and be in the 2015 edition of “Friend at Court.”

Davenport, Bollettieri Lead 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Class

Former world No. 1 and 6-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport has been selected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Joining Davenport in the Class of 2014 will be legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, 5-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck, Jane Brown Grimes, who has held executive leadership roles with the WTA, USTA, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame; and British tennis broadcaster and author John Barrett.

Industry Execs Highlight Future of Tennis Summit Agenda

When the Future of Tennis Summit kicks off in Indian Wells, Calif., on Tuesday, March 11, it will do so with an agenda filled with executives from across a wide variety of tennis industry segments. The two-day Summit has a goal of helping generate ideas and discussions that can put the industry on a pathway to creating more players, more fans, and more consumers of the game.

USTA, PTR, USPTA and USOC Launch 'Coach Youth Tennis' Program

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the launch of an educational curriculum program, “Coach Youth Tennis,” to improve the quality and standards of teaching tennis to kids and enhance the long-term development of children in the sport. The program consists of a series of online courses and a hands-on workshop introducing participants to the fundamentals required for success in working with children ages 10 and under.

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