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Boca Raton’s John Joyce Named USPTA Professional of the Year

John Joyce, a USPTA Professional 1 and director of tennis at Boca West Country Club, recently received the United States Professional Tennis Association’s Alex Gordon Award for Professional of the Year.

Joyce, who has been a USPTA member for 22 years, was recognized during the USPTA’s annual awards breakfast on September 20 at its World Conference on Tennis. USPTA, the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals, hosted its annual World Conference at the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla., Sept. 17-22.

The professional of the year is judged in seven areas, including: contributions to USPTA and USTA; as a teaching professional, player and coach; education, research and publications; organizational affiliations; and contributions to the community.

Joyce’s involvement with the USPTA is extensive, including currently serving on the Florida Division Board as the Florida regional vice president. He is a member of the USPTA national Executive Committee and serves on the USPTA national future trends committee. As Florida Division president, Joyce initiated the Florida Division Hall of Fame in 2006. He and his board helped initiate and organize the USPTA tournament in conjunction with the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in February 2006. His accolades include Florida Division Professional of the Year in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007, as well as Florida Division Facility Manager of the Year in 2000.

As a player he has held a national ranking in Men’s 35 singles in both the USPTA and USTA. Joyce was also ranked No. 1 in men’s 25, 30 and 35 doubles by the Florida Section of the USTA. Joyce is also a member of the Prince Advisory Staff.

He is director of tennis at the largest equity club in the nation (Boca West Country Club). He has overseen operations at this 39-court facility, which includes 8,500 total members, for the past 13 years.

He was raised in Florida, and currently lives in Hypoluxo, Fla., with his four children, Chelsea, Alexis, Jack and Nicholas. Outside of tennis, Joyce is an all-around athlete who enjoys running, weight training and holds a third degree black belt in Tae-Kwon Do.

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