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Fonte Retires From Prince
Prince Americas President Doug Fonte has retired-for the second time. Fonte came out of retirement in 2005 to help rebuild the Prince brand in the U.S., then later added responsibility for Canada and Latin America.
“This time it’s permanent,” Fonte says. “Getting back in the tennis industry, contributing to the revival of Prince, working with [Prince Chairman and CEO] George Napier and the terrific Prince team over the past three years has been a lot of fun and very rewarding, but now is the right time to let a younger generation take the company to the next level.”
“Working with Doug the past three years has been really good for our team and a privilege for me,” says Napier. “Although Doug is leaving his management role, he will stay connected to Prince as a consultant-through 2009-and as a Prince ambassador to several organizations including the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center in Philadelphia and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.”
As for the future, “I fully expect to fill Doug’s role when the time is right,” says Napier.
McEnroe to Head USTA Elite Player Development
Patrick McEnroe has been named general manager of USTA Elite Player Development, as part of a new strategic direction for the development of future American champions. The initiative will provide a greater focus on top American junior players and young pros.
The USTA also will create a “Champions Advisory Board” and “Coaches Commission” to bring together the best in American tennis to provide input into talent identification, program development, and coaching. In addition, the new direction will include the launch of “USTA Pro Track,” providing a pathway for top American juniors to achieve at the highest levels of the game.
McEnroe, who led the U.S. Davis Cup team to its first title in 12 years last December, will remain in his role as Davis Cup captain. He will begin his new full-time position as general manager on May 12, and will report to Arlen Kantarian, CEO of Professional Tennis. McEnroe will oversee the USTA’s National Coaches and coaching program, as well as the USTA Training Centers in Boca Raton, Fla., and Carson, Calif.
“This is one of the sport’s highest callings and I am thrilled to unify and lead a team to keep America the home of champions,” says McEnroe. “The USTA has significantly stepped up its commitment to the development of elite champions, and I am honored to lead this effort. I look forward to working with our past champions, top coaches, academies, and other industry leaders.”
“Patrick McEnroe is one of the most respected and forward-thinking minds in tennis today, and has achieved success at every level of the sport,” says Kantarian. “With Patrick at the helm, we look forward to building a broad coalition of support toward one common goal: creating the next generation of American champions.”
“The USTA is clearly on the right track,” says coach Nick Bollettieri. “Patrick is a man who puts what is best for American tennis in front of everything else. We look forward to working with him and the USTA on this new effort to create American champions and inspire individuals to play the game.”
Nominations Sought for Tennis Industry Hall of Fame
The Tennis Industry Association is creating a “Tennis Industry Hall of Fame,” to recognize those individuals who have had a significant impact on the sport of tennis. Eligibility is open to anyone who has been or is currently in the tennis industry. TIA membership is not required for consideration in the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame.
To nominate someone, go to tennisindustry.org/hof by Friday, May 30. Nominations, and those submitting nominations, will remain confidential. All nominations will be considered by the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, then submitted to the TIA Board of Directors.
Inductees into the inaugural Tennis Industry Hall of Fame class will be announced in New York City in August, in conjunction with the TIA Tennis Forum and the US Open.
Rec Coach Workshop Leaders Recognized
The Southeast Michigan Tennis Association and Texas teaching professional Mike Carter have been honored by the USTA for providing an excellent experience for Recreational Coach Workshop attendees.
The SMTA was named 2007 Host Site of the Year. It hosted two RCW events last year, catering to more than 100 participants interested in learning and improving their tennis teaching abilities. Carter (left), the director of Community Development for the Texas Section, is an RCW Master Trainer and has been involved in the program for six years.
“Recreational Coach Workshops are a great tool for the on-court training of coaches working with groups of new players,” says Kirk Anderson, director of Recreational Coaches & Programs at the USTA. “But nothing happens without a great leader and organizer to make a workshop happen.”
Carter and a representative of the SMTA will receive an all expense-paid trip to the USTA Tennis Teacher’s Conference in New York City in August.
Babolat, Unique Sports Settle Overgrip Lawsuit
Babolat VS and Unique Sports Products recently settled a long-standing dispute involving the blue colors of their overgrips for tennis racquets.
In 2002, Unique sued Babolat in Atlanta Federal Court alleging that the blue color of Babolat’s “ProTeam” overgrip infringed upon Unique’s claimed trademark in the blue color of its “TournaGrip” overgrip. The case settled in January 2008 after Unique surrendered its damages claim during the trial. The settlement allows Unique to retain its federal trademark registration for the blue color, but it does not require Babolat to change any of its overgrip colors, including the blue color of ProTeam.
“Because the settlement means that we can continue selling overgrips in the shades of blue we currently offer, we are very pleased with the result,” says Jean-Louis Boyre, Babolat USA’s chairman of the board.
Federer, Bryans Win Multiple ATP Awards
Roger Federer and Bob and Mike Bryan are the big winners in the 2007 ATP Awards, which were announced in Miami on the eve of the Sony Ericsson Open in March.
For the fourth consecutive year, Federer won both the Player of the Year Award and Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award Presented by Stanford. Additionally, fans gave Federer the ATPtennis.com Fans’ Favorite Award Presented by RICOH for the fifth consecutive year.
The Bryan brothers, who last year finished as the No. 1 doubles team for the fourth time in five years, won the Doubles Team of the Year Award Presented by Stanford for the third consecutive year. The Bryans also were voted ATPtennis.com Fans’ Favorite for the third consecutive year.
Other winners include Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the first player to clinch Most Improved Player of the Year honors in back-to-back years; Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, named Newcomer of the Year; Russian Igor Andreev, Comeback Player of the Year; and Bud Collins won the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award.
Ivan Ljubicic was named Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year in recognition of his support of individual, smaller charities in his native Croatia and his sponsorship of the Monaco Special Olympics, donating his entire Davis Cup prize money to those charities as well as playing exhibitions to raise money.
Brownlee Joins Prince As Western Sales V.P.
Max Brownlee has joined Prince as the regional vice president of sales for the western U.S. Brownlee was named RSI’s “Person of the Year” in 2005 when he was the North American general manager for Babolat USA, a position he left at the end of last year.
Prior to Babolat, Brownlee served in different capacities for both Prince and Wilson for more than 20 years.
“We are extremely proud that Max is re-joining the Prince family at this exciting time,” says Charlie Osborn, vice president of national sales at Prince. “Max’s relationships and experience in the industry will help us build upon our recent successes, elevate the brand to the next level and introduce generations of players to the ground-breaking products we are bringing to market.”
Brownlee succeeds Ken Diller, who had been with Prince for 16 years as Midwest territory sales manager and West regional vice president.
Congratulations To the Following For Achieving MRT and CS Status
New Master Racquet Technicians — MRTs
|Jon Anderson||Worcester, MA|
|Daniel Bickett||Whitewater, WI|
|Myong-Yong Koo||Incheon, KOREA|
|Lynn Khaing||Dallas, TX|
|Abdolreza Zarandi||Houston, TX|
|Larry Haugness||Springfield, MO|
|Peter Oman||Norwalk, CT|
New Certified Stringers — CSs
|Justin Henderson||Bowling Green, KY|
|Julie Farina||Palm Beach Grdns, FL|
|Matthew Tarentino||Somerville, NJ|
|Andrea Cescolini||San Diego, CA|
|Tomas Hlavaty||Needham, MA|
|Kelvin Aquino||San Diego, CA|
|Chris Rothrock||Bryn Mawr, PA|
|Elena Cornwell||Hilo, HI|
Players Get Extra Challenge at Open
The USTA has added one more player challenge to the electronic line-calling protocol used at the US Open and at all Olympus US Open Series events this summer. On courts where the electronic system is in use, players will now receive three challenges per set plus one for tie-breaks.
The additional challenge per set has been added to increase usage of the player challenge system, known as the “Chase Review” at the US Open, while helping to create a uniform protocol across the pro game. The “3 plus 1” system will now be in use at all professional tennis events where an electronic line-calling system is in place.
In 2006, the US Open became the first Grand Slam to use the electronic line-calling technology, creating a “2 plus 1” system. “Electronic line-calling, with its player challenge system, has been one of the most widely-acclaimed initiatives in tennis,” says Jim Curley, USTA managing director of tournament operations and the US Open tournament director. “With an additional challenge per set, we look forward to the Chase Review being used more frequently at this year’s US Open.”
During the 2007 US Open, 320 calls were challenged by players, and a total of 95 calls, or 30.6 percent, were overturned.
The Best Can Play on Water, Too
Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams exchanged shots on what may be the world’s most challenging surface: water. The custom-made floating court was installed in the rooftop pool of the new Gansevoort South Hotel in the South Beach section of Miami before the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open in March. A team of 12 took five days to build the water-covered court in the 110-foot swimming pool, using custom-built acrylic sheets supported by 130 acrylic tubes.
Garrison, Harmon to Lead Olympic Teams
U.S. Fed Cup Captain Zina Garrison and USTA Director of Men’s Tennis Rodney Harmon have been named the women’s and men’s coaches for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Tennis Teams. In addition, Dan James, Head U.S. National Wheelchair Team Coach, has been named coach for the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Team.
The 2008 Olympic Games tennis competition will be Aug. 10-17 in Beijing, China, at the Beijing Olympic Tennis Centre. The 2008 Paralympic Games tennis competition will be Sept. 8-15 in Beijing at the same venue. The Olympic competition will conclude eight days prior to the US Open and will be played on the same DecoTurf II hard court surface as the US Open.
The 2008 U.S. Olympic tennis team will consist of up to six men and six women, with a maximum of four men and four women competing in the singles competition and a maximum of two men’s and two women’s teams competing in doubles. Olympic team selections will made by June 23. The U.S. Olympic Committee will approve all team and staff selections for the Olympic Games.
Oncourt Offcourt Offers QuickStart Package
USPTA and PTR Master Professional Joe Dinoffer, president of Oncourt Offcourt, has announced the launch of a QuickStart Tennis “36/60 Package” that sets up 6 courts for under $100. Weighted bases and vertical poles combine with Tennis Caution Tape to create 6 mini courts along the length of a tennis court.
The kit easily adapts to driveways, cul-de-sacs, parking lots, gymnasiums, or any other open area. It also includes a 1,000-foot roll of durable Tennis Caution Tape that can be reused or recycled after each use, plus a zippered nylon carry case.
Oncourt Offcourt also carries a full line of transition balls designed to help beginners improve faster and have more fun, including high-density foam Spinners as well as low-compression and slow-bouncing pressureless Champs.
For information and to receive a free color catalog, contact 1-88-TENNIS-11 or visit oncourtoffcourt.com.
ASBA Facility Awards Application Available Online
ASBA’s 2008 Awards Application is now available in the Members Only section of its website, sportsbuilders.org. Print out the form to fax or mail or save it to complete it on your computer. The application has been simplified and the number of photographs has been reduced. Completed applications and payments ($150 per application submitted) are due by July 1, 2008.
If you need assistance accessing the Members Only section or if you require any other information, contact Cynthia at 866-510-ASBA or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennis Racquet Performance
Specialty Stores, January-December, 2007 vs. 2006
|% Change vs. ‘06||4%|
|% Change vs. ‘06||8%|
|% Change vs. ‘06||5%|
Top-Selling Racquets at Specialty Stores
By year-to-date dollars, January-December 2007
(average selling price)
Babolat Pure Drive Cortex (MP) $172
Prince O3 White (MP) $185
Wilson K Six One 95 (16x18) (MS) $174
Wilson K Six One Tour 90 (MS) $184
Wilson K Six One Team 95 (MS) $176
“Hot New Racquets”
(Introduced in the past 12 months)
Wilson K Six One 95 (16x18) (MS) $174
Wilson K Six One Tour 90 (MS) $184
Wilson K Six One Team 95 (MS) $176
Babolat Aeropro Drive Cortex (MP) $175
Prince O3 SpeedPort Blue (OS) $241
Top-Selling Tennis Shoes at Specialty Stores
By year-to-date dollars, January-December 2007
(average selling price)
Adidas Barricade IV $99
Nike Air Breathe Free 2 $95
Adidas Barricade II $82
Prince MV4 $93
Prince T10 $77
Top-Selling Tennis Strings at Specialty Stores
By year-to-date dollars, January-December 2007
Prince Synthetic Gut Duraflex
Prince Lightning XX
Luxilon Alu Power
- Ian Griffin of Onalaska, Wis., is the grand-prize winner of the USPTA’S first-ever personal website contest. Griffin is a USPTA Pro 1 and 29-year member. His website, iangriffin.usptapro.com, stood out for the creative use of colors, links to online lessons and club information, and availability of content in English, Spanish and French. As the grand-prize winner, Griffin receives products from HEAD Penn, including racquets, a bag and string.
- John McEnroe will return for his eighth season with the World TeamTennis Pro League presented by Advanta, playing three road matches for the New York Sportimes this summer. Other top names in the WTT Pro League include Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Martina Navratilova, Anna Kournikova and Bob and Mike Bryan. The Pro League season runs July 3-23 in 11 markets.
- Satoshi Ochi, of Omaha, Neb., has been named strength and conditioning specialist for USTA Sport Science. Ochi joins the Player Development staff at the USTA Training Center and Player Development Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
- Todd Martin defeated John McEnroe to win the singles title in March at the $150,000 The Oliver Group Champions Cup in Naples, Fla., the opening event on the 2008 Outback Champions Series tennis circuit.
- Ashaway Racket Strings has signed squash great Natalie Grainger to a multi-year sponsorship agreement. Grainger, who won the US Nationals in March after switching to Ashaway’s new SuperNick XL Micro, is currently ranked No. 1 in the US and No. 4 on the Women’s International Squash Players Association Tour.
- College of Charleston junior Megan Manthey, a member of the women’s soccer team, won the $5,000 scholarship grant donated each year by the Family Circle Cup Community Outreach program.
- Pro Nikolay Davydenko switched to Prince’s new Ozone Pro Tour racquet at the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami in March and took home them men’s singles title. He also started wearing Prince’s OV1 shoes, too. Other Prince champions at the Sony Ericsson included men’s doubles winners Bob and Mike Bryan and women’s doubles winners Ai Sugiyama and Katarina Srebotnik, all playing with O3 Speedport Black frames. In addition, women’s singles finalist Jelena Jankovic uses the O3 Speedport Pro White.
- Dunlop Sports Group is the official ball and racquet for the WTA Tour’s Family Circle Cup, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Dunlop, based in Greenville, S.C., has also become the official ball and racquet of the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.
- The USTA and Evian Natural Spring Water will extend their 22-year partnership with the US Open through 2012. Beginning this year, the partnership will expand to include sponsorship of the Olympus US Open Series for the first time, with Evian becoming the official bottled water of each of the USOS tournaments held in the U.S. In related news, Juvederm will also be an official sponsor of the US Open, the event’s first cosmetic industry sponsor.
- The Plexipave surface by California Products was chosen for the 2008 Pacific Life Open, which was played in March in Indian Wells, Calif.
- Applications for the 27th annual USTA Outstanding Tennis Facility Awards are now available online at usta.com. Recognition will be given to outstanding public tennis facilities under the jurisdiction of (1) a parks and recreation department, (2) an educational institution, (3) a non-profit corporation or (4) a private and commercially owned and operated facility with USTA and other growth programs open to the public. Applications are due in July.
- The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the USTA, has appointed five new directors-at-large to its board: Lucy S. Garvin of Greenville, S.C.; Jonathan Vegosen of Chicago; Carol Kimmelman of Bernardsville, N.J., and Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Terry L. March of Water Mill, N.Y.; and Paul Palandjian of Boston. “Their expertise and commitment will help support the organization’s goal to reach as many at-risk and special-need youngsters as possible through tennis and education,” says Karen Martin-Eliezer, executive director of the USTA T&EF.
- Are you a USTA member? With the “Member Get Member” program, you can receive $15 off your next purchase at USOpen.org for every new member you refer to the USTA. Send them to USTA.com/MGM.
- For the first time, the USTA Yearbook historical records are available online at USTA.com/Yearbook. The online edition of the Yearbook will serve as a supplement to the longstanding print edition and will be updated yearly, providing access to current and former champions, results and USTA Award-winners in both the professional and amateur ranks.
- The Active Network Inc., a provider of application services technology and marketing solutions for community service and participatory sports organizations, has signed on to provide online registration for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s memberships, conventions and 85 ITA-administered college tennis tournaments. In addition, Active will rebuild ITA’s website, itatennis.com.
Dunlop Offers $1 Million Prize
In March, Dunlop launched its newest consumer promotion, the Million Dollar Slam, which gives recreational players a chance to win up to $1 million. Tennis players who demo a Dunlop Aerogel racquet at participating pro shops, tennis retailers or at events throughout North America will receive a contest Game Card with a unique PIN code. Participants enter the sweepstakes contest online at Dunlopsweepstakes.com.
Upon entering the PIN code, participants are assigned a Dunlop Tour Team player, and if that player is named the Dunlop Spotlight player and wins one of the final three Grand Slams in 2008, they will win up to $1 million. Dunlop Tour Team players are James Blake, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Tommy Haas, and Thomas Johansson.
But the $1 million Grand Prize isn’t the only prize. An all-expenses-paid trip for two to Saddlebrook Tennis Resort in Tampa to meet James Blake, along with Dunlop Gear packages, can be won as well. Complete rules and details of the contest can be found at Dunlopsweepstakes.com.
2008 GSS Symposium Trade Show to Feature Top Companies
The Grand Slam Stringers Symposium presented by the USRSA, scheduled for Oct. 11-14 in Orlando, Fla., is shaping up to be a major player in the industry. After a successful inaugural launch in 2007, this year’s event will be bigger in both size and scope, with enhanced and expanded seminars and a trade show featuring many top manufacturers.
“The USRSA is excited to be involved in such a big way because, with enough support, this event could become the new Super Show for racquet sports,” says David Bone, USRSA executive director (and a co-publisher of RSI magazine).
Bone and Tim Strawn, the founder and owner of GSS, have teamed up to make this gathering beneficial for anyone who sells or services racquets. “If we can train people to do what we do the right way, there are lots of benefits,” says Strawn.
“Players stay in the game longer when they’re using the right equipment and it’s properly serviced,” he adds. “Shop owners can open up new sources of revenue by using the information available at the Symposium-customizing, shop operations, working with gut, etc. If they can increase revenues, they can stay in business. The idea is to do our small part to keep the game healthy and continue the growth of the sport.”
Adds Bone: “As the technology and science of equipment and racquet service continue to become more complex, it is exciting to have a setting where racquet service professionals can get together to share ideas and help increase everyone’s knowledge.”
Several participants at last year’s GSS Symposium bought stringing machines and diagnostic equipment after seeing and using them at the event. The expanded trade show at this year’s event will provide an opportunity for participants to see the latest technology and equipment and talk to company reps.
“The trade show is an opportunity for vendors to communicate directly with retailers,” says Bone. “The fees generated by the vendors also help to keep the costs for the participants as low as possible.” Vendors can still sign up for the trade show. For a list of participating vendors to date, or for more information, visit grandslamstringers.com.
There also are several new additions to the Symposium, including the Simulated Tour Stringing Room sponsored by Wilson, the official string team of the US Open. If you hope to one day string on the pro tour, or if you’re just curious about what happens behind the scenes at a major tournament, this is a rare opportunity. Another new seminar is a presentation by Ameriprise designed to help small business owners evaluate their operations. To register for the 2008 GSS Symposium, visit grandslamstringers.com.
Cast in Cement
During their first-round Davis Cup win over Austria in February, the defending champion U.S. Davis Cup team of Bob and Mike Bryan, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Captain Patrick McEnroe took time out to make their mark on Vienna’s Avenue of Champions. Each team member laid a hand down in a cement casting, while McEnroe’s feet were immortalized. The team’s imprints and bronze plaque now join those of other superstar athletes such as Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, Ernie Els, Carl Lewis, George Foreman, Pele and Mark Spitz.
USTA Honors People, Organizations at 2008 CTDW
TThe USTA presented honors to various tennis organizations and people from around the nation at the annual Community Tennis Development Workshop, which was held at the Flamingo Las Vegas Feb. 22-24.
The CTDW is one of the premier gatherings in the U.S. for community tennis leaders. The following awards were presented:
- NJTL of the Year (presented at three different budget levels): Rising Stars of Kentucky Tennis, Louisville, Ky.; NJTL of Trenton Inc., Trenton, N.J.; and Dallas Tennis Association, Dallas, Texas.
- Janet Louer USTA Jr. Team Tennis Organizer of the Year: Rita Gladstone, Daytona Beach, Fla.
- Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award: Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund of Langhorne, Pa.
- Community Tennis Association of the Year: Florence Tennis Association, Florence, S.C.
- Eve Kraft Community Service Awards: Sue Jollensten, Albuquerque, N.M.; Nancy Horowitz, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Jaime Kaplan, Macon, Ga.; Bob Phelps, Carson City, Nev.
PTR Offers New Benefit
The PTR and CoachingSchool.org have joined forces to provide PTR teachers and coaches with a resource for coaching kids tennis. PTR members receive a free email subscription to the CoachingMinute, a weekly 2½- to 5-minute audio-formatted file with world-class coaching concepts.
The CoachingMinute is designed for anyone working with kids at any level, from first-time instructors to seasoned veterans. The resource can help tennis teachers create an environment where young students enjoy their lessons at a fuller, deeper level, learn more and perform better. The concepts are grounded in play, coaching and behavioral success sciences.
King, Spadea Choose Prince’s Aerotech Line
At the start of the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami in March, nearly 30 tour players were wearing Prince’s new Aerotech apparel line, including Vania King, Vince Spadea, and Albert Montanes. The Aerotech line was officially launched this year.
“The fact that 27 world-class athletes have decided to wear our new performance apparel on tour is a great start,” says George Napier, CEO and chairman of Prince Sports. “Developing Aerotech apparel has been an intensive initiative and the response we’re getting from athletes and consumers is rewarding.”
The Aerotech Spring 2008 line is available in three collections:
- Gold: The premier on-court collection featuring an athletic silhouette and worn by ATP and WTA touring pros.
- Silver: A more relaxed silhouette featuring fashion accents.
- Black: A comprehensive line featuring classic silhouettes, colors and designs in contemporary cuts, perfect for school teams and leagues, says Prince.
Features of the apparel lines include AeroFit, allowing fabrics to move and stretch for comfort and mobility; AeroShield, for protection against UV rays and bacteria; and AeroVent, technical materials with cooling zones for ventilation and moisture management.
To see the Aerotech line, visit princetennis.com/VCAB.
New Orleans to Host Public Parks Tourney
The 82nd National Public Parks Tennis Championships will take place July 21-29 at the University Tennis Center in New Orleans. The tournament is open to all USTA members and features junior, adult, NTRP and family events in both singles and doubles. The junior events will take place on the opening four days, followed by the adult divisions.
The deadline to register for all events is July 11. For more information on registering for the Public Parks Tennis Championships, visit firstservetournaments.com.
Industry Cites TWCs
The “Top 50 Tennis Welcome Centers of 2007” have been recognized by the TIA, USTA and Racquet Sports Industry as leading the charge in the growth of the sport by providing well-rounded programs to new and current players of all ages and abilities.
The facilities honored exhibited excellent participation figures involving new and returning players, support of industry programs and community tennis development, and were active with TWC facility requirements, among other criteria. To see the winners, visit GrowingTennis.com.
The Tennis Welcome Center initiative is backed by all sectors of the industry. Popular pro player Maria Sharapova and James Blake are spokesmodels for the program, which is free to tennis facilities who wish to support industry efforts to grow participation through specific programming and marketing.
ITA, TennisRecruiting.net Announce Partnership
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and the Tennis Recruiting Network have announced a partnership to help college coaches connect with future players. All ITA member coaches will be eligible to receive a special rate for the Coaching Advantage service at the TennisRecruiting.net website.
TennisRecruiting.net offers content and services for college-bound athletes, coaches and tennis enthusiasts. The website has player profile web pages for more than 60,000 high school and middle school tennis players.
“Our mission is to help college coaches connect with junior players, and working with the ITA should help us with that mission,” says Julie Wrege, editor of TennisRecruiting.net. “The ITA can help us expand our reach with college coaches, giving both colleges and players more options with respect to recruiting.”
The ITA is the governing body of collegiate tennis in the U.S., comprised of nearly 1,500 member coaches representing more than 1,200 institutions. It oversees activities involving over 25,000 college student-athletes. For more information, visit ITATennis.com and TennisRecruiting.net.