Maine’s Greene Named USPTA Pro of the Year
Robert Greene Jr., of Rangeley, Maine, who is the director of tennis at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch, N.H., received the United States Professional Tennis Association’s Alex Gordon Award for the Professional of the Year.
Greene, a USPTA Professional 1 for more than 30 years, was recognized during the USPTA’s annual awards breakfast at its World Conference on Tennis. The USPTA, the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals, hosted its annual World Conference Sept. 21-26 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa on Marco Island, Fla. 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.
Greene has been very committed to the USPTA. He is a former USPTA New England Division president and served on the National Executive Committee from 1998-2001. He is also currently on the USPTA New England Division Testing Committee. In addition, he has been highly involved with the USTA. He has served as the chair of the USTA Olympic Tennis Committee since 2006. He has also served as president of the USTA New England Section and served on several committees, including USTA National Budget Committee, USTA New England Leagues Committee and the USTA National Executive Committee. Greene is also committed to giving back through the community as is seen through the events he has created and the time he has contributed in the New England Division. He has held USPTA Free Lesson Days at numerous pro events including the Pilot Pen in New Haven and the ATP Grass Court Tournaments. He also created and hosted the world’s largest free-tennis lesson for Girl Scouts at the Pilot Pen and serves as a volunteer coach with the Tenacity Program in Boston.
As a player, he has been ranked as high as No. 3 by the USPTA in Men’s Open and 35 Doubles. He has been ranked as high as No. 2 by the USTA in Men’s Doubles. As a coach, he has worked with several WTA-ranked players, including Heather Crowe, Lisa Albano and Whitney Laiho, and world-ranked men’s doubles player Matt Polimeno.
Previous accolades include receiving the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Educational Merit Award in 2003, the USPTA New England Division Pro of the Year award in 1995 and 2008 and being named five-time USPTA New England Division Tester of the Year.
Founded in 1927, USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers more than 65 professional benefits to its more than 15,000 members worldwide, including certification and professional development. With more than 300 days of educational opportunities throughout the year, USPTA offers the most comprehensive continuing education program in the tennis industry. For more information, call 800-877-8248 or visit www.uspta.com
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