USPTA Member of the Year: Randy Mattingley
Randy Mattingley has devoted his life to tennis, making significant contributions to the USPTA, USTA, and teaching professionals throughout the country. Most recently, Mattingley, of Kingwood, Texas, was honored with the USPTA’s 2014 Alex Gordon Award for the Professional of the Year during the Tennis Teachers Conference. Now, he is our choice as Tennis Industry’s USPTA Member of the Year.
A USPTA-certified pro for 35 years and a Master Professional, Mattingly has been the director of tennis at the 26-court Clubs of Kingwood since 2008. He’s served on the USPTA Executive Committee for 18 years and held positions on the USPTA national board, national committees and the USPTA Texas Division board. He is also a two-time USPTA Texas Professional of the Year (1994 and 2014).
Throughout his career, the Texas native has spoken at more than 40 regional and national conventions. He also sponsored and mentored at least 20 new USPTA members between 1984 and 2012. Among his many accomplishments, Mattingley contributes to his community by hosting several tournaments and fundraisers benefiting numerous charities.
“Randy has dedicated his life to bringing new people into the game, improving those who were already in the game and furthering the USPTA mission to ‘elevate the teaching standards of professionals and coaches,’” says USPTA CEO John Embree.
Mattingley admits he first joined his high school team because “all the freshman cheerleaders went out for tennis. … But the sport has changed my life. It’s meant everything in my life, really.”
— Peter Francesconi
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Peter Francesconi is editorial director of Tennis Industry magazine.
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