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USTA Names Outstanding Facility Award Winners

Thirteen tennis facilities are winners in the 34th annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in construction and/or renovation. The facilities will be honored at the USTA’s Semi-Annual Meeting on Sept. 6.

Of the 13 winners, the “Featured Facility” is the Chandler Tennis Center (below) in Chandler, Ariz., a large public tennis facility. To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and rec, an educational institution, or a nonprofit corporation, or a private or commercially owned-and-operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.

The 2015 winners are:

‘Free Tennis Play Events’ Will Bring Players to You

Get your plans in place now for running a USTA Free Tennis Play Event in the month of September and bring more kids into the game, and into your Youth Tennis programs. Local play and competition can include Play Days, Junior Team Tennis, Entry-Level Tournaments and more.

The USTA will host thousands of Free Tennis Play Events across the country in September, which also is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. “USTA Free Tennis Play Events are a great opportunity to get kids active and to encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle,” says Kurt Kamperman, the USTA’s chief executive of Community Tennis. “In addition, these events provide a fantastic platform to showcase the fun and excitement of tennis, and will encourage families to get involved in the sport.”

From 2013 to March 2015, there was a 198 percent increase in the number of free play events offered, and media impressions through September 2014 increased 167 percent. The events in September not only support Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, but also help spread the word about tennis in local communities. Go to to register your Free Tennis Play Event. The site also has links to customizable marketing material that you can use to promote your programs and events locally.

USPTA World Conference Set for New Orleans

The USPTA’s 2015 World Conference will be at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Sept. 21-25. The event brings together leading tennis-teaching professionals and coaches to share best practices, and will include interactive on-court sessions and presentations. Attendees can register at

In addition to seminars and specialty courses from leading experts, there will be evening parties, industry meetings, a tennis-only buying show, silent auction, awards presentation and more. This year will mark the introduction of the USPTA Masters Invitational, the grand finale of the USPTA Surface Championships.

USPTA members will earn 8 continuing education credits for a full registration, plus additional credits for courses attended. All sessions will fall under one of four categories: business, teaching, facility management and sport science.

Keynote speakers will include ESPN broadcaster and former ATP pro Darren Cahill; Rick Macci, founder of the Rick Macci Tennis Academy and former coach of Andy Roddick, Venus and Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova; Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., executive director of the International Tennis Performance Association; National Cardio Tennis Manager Michele Krause; Craig O’Shannessy, ATP and WTA touring coach and tennis broadcaster; and Kirk Anderson, USTA director for Coach Education.

Harambee Park Selected in Boston’s 2024 Olympic Bid

If Boston wins the bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, the Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center will host the tennis competition. The center is located in Harambee Park, formerly known as Franklin Field, a 45-acre park between Boston’s Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods.

Following extensive collaboration and input with community groups, elected officials and other key stakeholders, Boston 2024 Partnership CEO Rich Davey and Sportsmen’s Executive Director Toni Wiley announced the venue on June 11.

Sportsmen’s, the first African-American tennis club in the U.S., has provided young people with tennis instruction and enrichment programs since its founding in 1961. Under the venue plans, Harambee Park would become the home of a permanent 2,500-seat tennis stadium, a lasting benefit that would enable Sportsmen’s to host regional and national tournaments. During the Games, the park would house two temporary stadiums, one with 10,000 seats and the other with 7,500 seats.

The International Olympic Committee will announce the 2024 Olympics location in the summer of 2017.

Minnesota’s Darren Iverson Sets World Record

Darren Iverson of Montgomery, Minn., braved the rain and cold on May 29-30 to play 35 consecutive tennis matches, setting a Guinness World Record. Iverson, who is the girls tennis coach at Faribault High School, broke the existing record of 33 set by Jerome Lacorte in Hong Kong in November 2014.

Iverson started his record attempt at 7 a.m. Friday in the pouring rain, and finally broke the record with the sun setting behind him at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when he played former Faribault player Dat Truong in his 34th match. He played one additional match for good measure before finally calling it quits, surrounded by his family and friends.

Per Guinness rules, Iverson played 35 different opponents in the best of three tie-break sets with 90 seconds rest on changeovers and two minutes between sets. He then had one minute between the end of a match and the start of another and did receive “a couple” of bathroom/change of attire breaks. With the rain, Iverson went through “about six outfit changes and 10 or 11 pairs of socks.” He finished with an 18-17 overall record, which was all recorded for verification purposes.

Iverson’s attempt was held in conjunction with a Tennis Block Party Saturday afternoon, to raise awareness about the many tennis opportunities in Faribault.

‘We wanted to do something that was a shot in the arm for Faribault tennis,” Iverson said. “There’s a really nice base of players in the area and we have a great facility.” — Lisa Mushett

TIA Presents Media Award

Charlotte (N.C.) Observer sports columnist Scott Fowler (center) received the 2015 Tennis Media Award, presented by the Tennis Industry Association and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA), at a presentation in Salisbury, N.C., in early June. The award came with a $1,000 prize. Peter Francesconi (left), representing the TIA, and the editor of Tennis Industry magazine, presented the award, along with NSSA Executive Director Dave Goren.

The event was part of the NSSA’s 56th annual Awards Weekend. Chuck McGill of the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and Jack Thompson, a tennis pro, sportswriter, and contributor to PTR TennisPro magazine who lives in Salisbury, N.C., received runner-up awards, which also included $100 prizes.

The TIA created the annual Tennis Media Award in 2014 to recognize sportswriters and broadcasters who publish or broadcast stories on any aspect of recreational tennis. The contest is open to members of the NSSA (individual full membership is $50; visit

Contest entries for the 2016 Tennis Media Award must be published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015. Entries (only one entry per member) should be sent to For questions, contact

Don’t Miss the 2015 TIA Tennis Forum

The eighth annual TIA Tennis Forum, which is free to attend, will be held on Monday morning, Aug. 31, at the Grand Hyatt New York, as the 2015 US Open gets under way. The event will include the induction of industry innovator Peter Burwash into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. Burwash becomes the 10th inductee into the HoF, joining such luminaries as Billie Jean King, Nick Bollettieri and Dennis Van der Meer.

The Forum will provide those involved in tennis with the latest news about the state of the tennis business, including participation, equipment sales, initiatives and much more. It will also outline pathways for increasing the number of “core” tennis players. While a free event, the TIA would like Forum attendees to register beforehand at

ASBA Technical Meeting Set for Scottsdale

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the trade association for those involved in the design, construction and supply of materials for athletic facilities which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, has announced that its annual Technical Meeting will be held Dec. 4-8 in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

The meeting includes technical programming for industry members who work with facilities for tennis, track and field, sports fields and indoor athletic facilities. There will be special anniversary events scheduled throughout the meeting.

The Technical Meeting also offers a trade show with products and services for the sports facility construction industry. Additional activities, such as the golf and tennis tournaments, provide further opportunities to spend time with industry colleagues. The meeting will include the opportunity for individuals to take the ASBA’s certification exams to become a Certified Tennis Court Builder, Certified Track Builder or Certified Field Builder. It will additionally include announcement of the winners of the association’s annual Awards Program. For more information, visit

Stay Tuned for Latest Court Construction Manual

The eighth edition of “Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual,” published jointly by the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) and USTA, is scheduled to be out this summer. The 2015 edition includes key updates to many areas of court construction and maintenance, including post-tension concrete courts, LED lighting, 36- and 60-foot courts, and much more.

A panel of construction experts spent the last two years updating the 320-page manual from the 2012 edition, and it is considered an invaluable resource for anyone planning, building or considering a tennis facility, in addition to providing key information on maintenance, repair and renovation. Nearly 60 original drawings help illustrate construction, renovation and maintenance methods.

The book is a key resource for all builders, design professionals, specifiers, contractors, suppliers, and owners/users, including schools, colleges, parks and recreation departments, club owners and managers, and current and prospective owners of residential tennis courts. The new edition will also be distributed by the USTA (for the 2012 edition, the USTA distributed more than 1,000 copies to volunteers, Sections and USTA facility grant applicants) and sold by the ASBA and on for $44.95. Stay tuned for on-sale date and details.

Tennis Channel Cut Out of Live US Open Coverage

One of the casualties of the US Open’s landmark TV deal with ESPN appears to be Tennis Channel’s live coverage of the Open. TC is not renewing its rights to broadcast match coverage of the US Open as a sub-licensee of ESPN.

In 2013, ESPN and the USTA signed an 11-year deal worth $75 million a year, to start this year, providing ESPN with full rights to broadcast the US Open — taking the tournament away from its 46-year home on CBS. ESPN also promised to show every match live, utilizing ESPN, ESPN2 and the broadband network ESPN3.

Tennis Channel, which does broadcast matches from the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, will still air daily preview and highlights shows of the US Open.

Pierce, Garvin Named PTR Presidential Appointees

PTR President Roy Barth has named Mary Pierce and Lucy Garvin, two prominent women in international tennis, as Presidential Appointees to the PTR Board of Directors. With the appointments, PTR gains the expertise and experience needed to continue growing internationally, plus adds to the gender diversity on the PTR Board.

Pierce is a four-time Grand Slam singles and doubles champion. In 2013, she was a featured speaker at the ITF Worldwide Coaches Workshop in Cancun, Mexico, and now works as a touring pro coach. She earned her WTA Pro Course Certification in 2012 and currently holds three PTR certifications: Performance, 11 to 17 and Adult Development. She has been invited to be the opening speaker at the 2016 PTR International Symposium.

Garvin is a past president of the USTA, USTA Southern and USTA South Carolina. Among her many accomplishments as USTA president from 2009-2010 was establishing the Strategic Vision Committee to develop a long-range plan for the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the transformation of which is now in progress. Garvin then went on to serve two terms on the ITF Board of Directors. She currently serves on the ITF Juniors Committee.

Cardio Tennis Training Courses Scheduled

Cardio Tennis is one of the fastest growing segments of this industry, with about 1.6 million players. Training sessions for Cardio Tennis and TRX Cardio Tennis are continuously added to the schedule as the program continues to expand. The following sessions have been scheduled, but check and as the list is updated regularly. (CT means Cardio Tennis Training Courts; TRX CT is the TRX CT Training Course.)

Alpharetta, Ga. — Sept. 11 (CT), Crooked Creek Tennis Club

Atlanta, Ga. — Aug. 29 (TRX CT), Midtown Athletic Club Atlanta

Boston — July 18 (CT) & Aug. 2 (TRX CT), Cedardale Health & Fitness

Charlotte, N.C. — Oct. 11 (CT), Providence Country Club

Fayetteville, N.C. — Oct. 18 (CT), Methodist University

La Quinta, Calif. — Nov. 14 (CT) & 15 (TRX CT), La Quinta Resort

Park City, Utah — Sept. 19 (CT) & 20 (TRX CT), Park City MARC

Portland, Ore. — Aug. 15 (CT) & 16 (TRX CT), The Mac

Richmond, Va. — Aug. 28 (CT), TBA

Santa Clara, Calif. — Sept. 12 (CT) & 13 (TRX CT), The Bay Club

Truckee, Calif. — Aug. 22 (CT) & 23 (TRX CT), Northstar Tennis Academy

Loeb, Shane Headline 2015 Collegiate National Team

NCAA 2015 singles champions Jamie Loeb of the University of North Carolina and Ryan Shane of the University of Virginia headline the top American collegians named to the 2015 USTA Collegiate National Team, the high-level training program designed to help America’s premier college players assimilate to professional tennis in a team-oriented environment.

The rest of the men’s 2015 USTA Collegiate National Team includes: Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA, and Noah Rubin, Wake Forest.

In addition to Loeb, the women’s team includes: Brooke Austin, Florida; Jennifer Brady, UCLA; and Julia Elbaba, Virginia.

Coaches accompanying the Collegiate National Team players as they play tournaments on the USTA Pro Circuit this summer are, for the men, Oklahoma associate head coach Bo Hodge, Georgia Tech assistant coach Derek Schwandt and Christian Groh, personal coach of former world No. 2 Tommy Haas. The women’s coaches are Princeton head coach Laura Granville, Davidson head coach Sara Anundsen, TCU head coach Lee Taylor Walker and Columbia assistant coach Riza Zalameda.

Champion Doris Hart Passes Away

American tennis champion Doris Hart, who won 35 major titles in the 1940s and 1950s, passed away in Coral Gables, Fla., on May 29. She was 89 years old. Hart was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1969.

Hart was the first player in the history of the sport to win a career “boxed set,” meaning over the course of her career, she won every title possible — singles, doubles, and mixed doubles — at all four Grand Slams. Margaret Court Smith and Martina Navratilova are the only other players to have achieved this feat.

Hart’ 35 major titles were comprised of six in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and 15 in mixed doubles. She is ranked fifth in the sport for most major titles. At the 1951 Wimbledon, she won all three titles — singles, doubles, and mixed — dropping just one set the entire tournament. Making the feat even more extraordinary was that she played all three matches on the same day due to rain delays.

Drysdale Offers Professional Advancement Program

Looking to up your game as a tennis professional? Cliff Drysdale Tennis is spearheading an initiative to create formalized training, education and job opportunities. The Tennis Professional Advancement (TPA) program was started two years ago, with the goal to develop passionate tennis pros who will grow the game, improve the quality of coaching for juniors and adults, and provide a pathway for those who want to turn tennis into their career.

The TPA program offers participants the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to manage an elite tennis club or resort, including training in tennis instructional skill development, marketing, basic human resources, accounting and finance, and program development advice from top-notch tennis directors.

Following an initial stay at CDT corporate headquarters in New Braunfels, Texas, TPA participants travel to tennis clubs in various locations, including California, Florida, Connecticut, Vermont, New York and Colorado, to train alongside successful tennis directors. For info, contact

Global Tennis Marketplace Program Developed

The TIA in conjunction with the International Tennis Federation and Sports Marketing Surveys has begun an international research program to track wholesale shipments of tennis racquets, balls and strings in 26 nations, as well as track participation levels in 20 nations. It will be the first time that a sport has established an international evaluation and measurement program managed and controlled by the stakeholders in the sport.

In the U.S., the TIA produces more than 70 reports annually on tennis marketplace intelligence, including consumer trends, wholesale and retail insights, and cost of doing business analysis for the industry. The recently expanded global efforts include a new online dashboard system, the GTS Tracker (Global Tennis Shipment Tracker) to help monitor trends and impact of initiatives.

The tennis participation component evaluates the health of the game; participation levels, play frequency, playing habits and motivations; examines reasons players leave the sport; and gauges interest in tennis among non-players. An annual Global Tennis Marketplace report will be produced in 2015.

In addition, at the recent TIA board meeting in March in Indian Wells, Calif., the TIA board approved a motion for Eric Babolat to assume the newly created position of chair of the TIA Global Council, which also will include Hans-Martin Reh of Wilson, Ottmar Barbian of Head, Mike Ballardie of Prince, and current TIA President Greg Mason.

Scoring System Keeps Tabs on Players

e10sScore is an on-court tennis scoring system that sends live scoring via the internet, as players change scores at changeovers, with one touch of a finger. Coaches, parents and spectators can view scores in real time from their computer, tablets, and smartphones, or turn their TV into a courtside scoreboard.

Coaches can use the software to manage events, players, teams, and facilities and set up matches and tournaments. From the website, scores can be viewed for free, and coaches can keep tabs on all his or her players at once. It also keeps track of player records, win/loss percentages and events played. For info and more details, visit

Sports & Fitness Wholesale Shipments Top $84 Billion

Wholesale shipments of sports & fitness products increased by 3.5% in 2014, propelling the industry to total sales exceeding $84.2 billion, according to the latest State of the Industry Report published by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA).

“In recent years, the industry has been concerned with business factors such as constrained spending, unemployment, and lack of consumer confidence,” said Tom Cove, SFIA’s president and Chief Executive Officer. “While those concerns are still present, our industry outpaced the GDP last year and we’re seeing a positive transition in consumer spending and wholesale orders in our categories.”

The 2015 SFIA State of the Industry Report reveals that the bulk of consumer spending comes from active Americans who are looking to participate in new sports and fitness activities.

Gamma Adds Two Co-Poly Strings

Gamma Sports recently released Moto Soft and iO Soft poly strings. The company says Moto Soft’s heptagonal shape provides bite on the ball and spin, while iO Soft’s classic shape allows for deeper ball pocketing and more control. The softer material found in both strings adds power and greater feel without the harsh vibration found in most stiffer co-polyester strings, says Gamma.

Both co-poly monofilaments come in 16 and 17 gauges in charcoal. Moto Soft is priced at $11 per set or $181 per reel; iO Soft is $11.50 per set and $189 per reel. Visit

U.S. Claims Junior & Quad Wheelchair Titles

For the first time in 15 years, the U.S. junior wheelchair team, consisting of Chris Herman (Gulfport, Fla.), Casey Ratzlaff (Wichita, Kan.), and Conner Stroud (Spindale, N.C.), captured the junior team title at the 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which was held in Antalya, Turkey. The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event. The U.S. team beat defending champ Russia in the semifinals then defeated the Netherlands in the final.

“I could not be more excited for these wonderful kids and their parents,” said U.S. Head Coach Jason Harnett. “I can’t wait to see what this group will do next.”

The U.S. quad team of David Wagner, (Chula Vista, Calif.), Nick Taylor, (Wichita, Kan.), Greg Hasterok, (San Diego), and Bryan Barten, (Tucson, Ariz.), led the U.S. to its ninth title in the quad division over the past 15 years with a 2-1 final-round victory over Japan.

USRSA Announces New MRT’s and CS’s


Ronny Salonga - San Francisco, CA

Clint Watkins - Georgetown, TX


Ben James - Denver, CO

Karabo Makgale - Denver, CO

Jason Fernandez - Markham, ON CANADA

Bill Ford - Collingwood, ON CANADA

Greg Konzelman - Toronto, ON CANADA

James Nodwell - Toronto, ON CANADA

Grant Robb - Etobicoke, ON CANADA

U.S. Teams Win in France

Three U.S. teams won titles in June in France at the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the highest-ranked event on the ITF Seniors Circuit for men and women in the age categories 50-60. The U.S. brought home titles in the Austria Cup (Men’s 55), Maria Esther Bueno Cup (Women’s 50) and Alice Marble Cup (Women’s 60) but was unable to defend the title in the Maureen Connolly Cup (Women’s 55) for the fourth consecutive year.

People watch

Erica Perkins Jasper is the new chief operating officer of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. She recently completed three years as head women’s tennis coach at the University of New Mexico and formerly was head coach at Michigan State, assistant coach at William & Mary, and head women’s coach at Georgia Southern University. She also served as Senior Manager of Junior & Collegiate Competition for USTA Player Development from 2008 to 2012.

Peggy Edwards, the PTR’s director of communications and the editor of PTR’s TennisPro Magazine, was presented a 2015 APEX Award for publishing excellence. The award, in the “Magazines, Journals & Tabloids–Print” category, was for the November/December 2014 issue of TennisPro. Edwards has been with PTR since 1998.

UCLA’s Robin Anderson and Oklahoma’s Axel Alvarez Llamas are the 2015 ITA National College Players of the Year. Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano of Baylor were named the ITA National Men’s Doubles Team of the Year, and Alabama’s Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen received ITA National Women’s Doubles Team of the Year honors for the second year in a row.

New Balance has extended its sponsorship deal with Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic for the remainder of his playing career, and beyond.

Sudsy Monchik was inducted into the Racquetball Hall of Fame on May 30 in Denver. The five-time world champion has more than 50 pro titles. He’s been in racquetball for over 30 years and currently is Dunlop’s Racquetball Category manager.

Bradley Bator of Kirkland, Wash., was the men’s open singles champion in the $6,000 USPTA Grass Court Championships in May in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a win over Mathieu Soto of Boca Raton, Fla. Thiago Barbosa of Glendale Ariz., and partner Rudy Obregon of San Antonio) won the men’s open doubles division.

DiAnna Drysdale, wife of Cliff Drysdale and the managing editor Cliff Drysdale Management’s magazine, will participate in the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge, a 620-mile bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego, Oct. 10-16.

Short Sets

The U.S. Fed Cup Team will kick off its 2016 Fed Cup campaign by hosting Poland in the World Group II First Round, Feb. 6-7. The winner advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff next April to remain in World Group II in 2017. The U.S. will compete in World Group II in 2016 for just the third time since the World Group format was instituted in 1995 (the U.S. competed in World Group II in 2012 and 2015).

American broadcaster Mary Carillo received the ITF’s highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, at the 2015 ITF World Champions Dinner on June 2 in Paris. Other award recipients celebrated at the event included singles champions Novak Djokovic (SRB) and Serena Williams (USA); doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), and Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (ITA); junior champions Andrey Rublev (RUS) and Catherine “Cici” Bellis (USA); and wheelchair champions Shingo Kunieda (JPN) and Yui Kamiji (JPN).

The USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA, has appointed CBS Sports and Tennis Channel broadcaster Bill Macatee to its board of directors. Macatee will serve as an ambassador to promote the Foundation’s mission to utilize tennis and education to help those in need. He will also work to promote the Foundation’s national outreach efforts to assist under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities.

TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA) has added a fourth chapter near Los Angeles, in Conejo Valley, Calif. The sports franchise was acquired by Branden Kornmaier, a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine, where he received a degree in business economics and studied biomedical engineering.

The ITF announced that the 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event, will be held in Tokyo on May 23-26. The event will be hosted by the Japan Tennis Association at the Ariake Coliseum.

Representing the U.S. in tennis at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, July 10-26, are world No. 63 Lauren Davis, world No. 111 Louisa Chirico, and world No. 112 Sachia Vickery for the women’s tennis team; and Dennis Novikov, Jean-Yves Aubone and Gonzales Austin for the men.

‘Green’ Solutions Can Save You Money

The Tennis Legacy Fund is a non-profit committed to increasing the awareness of sustainability within the tennis industry and community. To help tennis providers operate a more profitable and sustainable business, TI magazine will run occasional tips by the Tennis Legacy Fund in partnership with Greenlight Solutions and a sustainability initiative by students at Arizona State University

Power Savers: Here are two guidelines from the U.S. Energy Department on saving energy when using your personal computer: 1) Turn off the monitor if you aren’t going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes. 2) Turn off both the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours. Also, put computers, printers, and other accessories on a power strip to make it easy to turn off the energy supply and avoid using unnecessary standby power.

Is it worth it? According to a study done by Yale, you save $40 dollars a year by adhering to the above guidelines. In addition, a Texas A&M study concluded the university could save $650,000 in electricity costs annually if all students turned off their computers at night for 6 hours. Small changes can make a big difference. — Vid Micevic



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