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.
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.”
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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.
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.
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.
Welcome families new to the game or offer a Play Day to introduce the thrill of competition; you choose the event that works best. Register your event now for any day in March to celebrate World Tennis Day on March 3rd.
Virgil Christian, the director of market development for the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), has been named “Person of the Year” for 2013 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2014 issue. Christian led off the magazine’s 13th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.
In March, the USTA and the tennis industry will host USTA Tennis Play Events in celebration of World Tennis Day on March 3. Tennis Play Events are designed to introduce kids to tennis and provide a platform to register children for spring programs. Sports industry studies have shown that an early, positive experience in sports creates a lifelong commitment to an active lifestyle.
Interested in serving on the USTA Board of Directors or USTA Nominating Committee? Applications for the 2015-2016 term are available on USTA .com. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2014. For a complete listing of details, position descriptions, and the application form, visit www.usta.com/About-USTA/Organization/Committees/ApplicationInstructions/.