USPTA's Tennis Across America in Its 18th Year
The USPTA’s 18th Annual Tennis Across America Day is set for May 12. USPTA-certified teaching pros will offer free tennis clinics in more than 350 cities, then provide follow-up programming.
Established in 1990, the goal of Tennis Across America is to get people out on the courts in a grassroots lesson program. The program also includes multicultural segments, reaching out to various communities and potential players who have special needs and may not otherwise have the opportunity to play. People getting their first taste of tennis will learn basics to get started, find out how to improve, and reap the benefits of a calorie-burning workout.
While Tennis Across America Day will officially be celebrated May 12, it is not limited to just that day. More than 1,500 USPTA pros and developmental coaches, along with volunteers, offer free clinics to the public throughout the spring and summer. Clinics, which often coincide with the start of entry-level lesson programs, can be directed toward adults, children, or both, and may include new, current, and former players returning to the game.
Honorary co-chairs for Tennis Across America include the top-ranked men’s doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan; former touring pros Leslie Allen, Tom Gullikson, Stan Smith, and Fred Stolle; coach and Master Professional Rick Macci; author, speaker, and Master Professional Peter Burwash; and sports science expert Jack Groppel. They also include former President George Bush and Wayne Bryan. For more information, visit uspta.com.