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January 24, 2023

USPTA Names New Lead Platform Tennis Coach Developer

With the growth of Platform Tennis over the past several years, especially coming out of COVID, the USPTA recognizes the need to keep up with that surge in interest by certifying USPTA professionals in Platform Tennis. Michael Cochrane has agreed to serve as the new lead Coach Developer for USPTA Platform Tennis. (Full story …)

APP Cuts Broadcast Deals With CBS Sports, ESPN for Pball Coverage

The Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) has announced historic deals with CBS Sports and ESPN to deliver hundreds of hours of APP Tour pickleball programming throughout 2023, including 12 hours of live matches and highlight-driven programs on CBS Sports Network, eight hours of event recap telecasts on ESPN2 and more than 200 hours of live streaming coverage on ESPN+ and APP TV. (Full story …)

January 19, 2023

Former Tennis Mag, Golf Digest Photog to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The PGA of America named Stephen Szurlej as the third recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Photojournalism. Szurlej and his outstanding career will be celebrated on May 17 during the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. (Full story …)

January 18, 2023

USTA Hires Chief People & Culture Officer, a New Position

The USTA announced that Henry Lescaille, a multi-talented human resources executive with more than 30 years of experience in the field, has been named the USTA’s Chief People & Culture Officer. The position is newly-created by USTA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Lew Sherr. (Full story …)

January 13, 2023

Stu Upson to Step Down as CEO of USA Pickleball

USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for the sport, announced that Stu Upson will step down as Chief Executive Officer and will depart the organization following a transition period. Upson assumed the role of USA Pickleball’s first-ever CEO in December 2020. (Full story …)

Tennis Participation Grows for Third Straight Year, to 23.6 Million

The USTA announced that in 2022, tennis participation increased for the third consecutive year in the U.S. Tennis participation grew by one million players last year with more than 23.6 million people playing the sport. (Full story …)

January 7, 2023

USPTA Inks Deals with Putterman Athletics, Sports Interiors

The United States Professional Tennis Association is pleased to announce a multi-year endorsement with Putterman Athletics and Sports Interiors as the Official Indoor Court Fabrics and Lighting System Supplier of the USPTA. (Full story …)

January 6, 2023

U.S. Team Set for Davis Cup Qualifying Tie vs. Uzbekistan

The USTA announced that Tommy Paul, Jenson Brooksby, Mackenzie McDonald, Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek will represent the U.S. for its Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifying tie vs. Uzbekistan February 3-4 at the Olympic Tennis School in Tashkent. (Full story …)

Babolat Names Bill Edell New National Sales Director

Babolat USA is pleased to announce that Bill Edell, Key Account Manager, has been promoted to National Sales Director, effective January 1, 2023. (Full story …)

January 5, 2023

ITA Adopts World Tennis Number as Official Rating for College Tennis

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), the governing body and coaches association for college tennis, announced that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Number (WTN) is now the exclusive official rating of the ITA and college tennis. (Full story …)

December 31, 2022

Foundation Tennis Reacquired by Founder; Reaffirms Commitment to Customer Service

n an effort to bolster customer service and help tennis and racquet sports businesses better serve their players and members, Foundation Tennis has been reacquired by its founder and original owner, Charlie Ruddy. (Full story …)

 

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