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LIVE on Atlanta Tennis Podcast :: What is the USPTA? (United States Professional Tennis Association)

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December 7, 2023

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Join us LIVE at 10:00AM on Thursday Dec 7th as Bobby and Shaun talk about the USPTA, their mission statement, their purpose, and why you should care.

More about the USPTA: https://www.uspta.com/

More about USPTA from their website:

Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development and was thefirst USTA accredited association under the USTA Accreditation Program.

With more than 14,000 members worldwide and 17 divisions nationwide, the Association’s mission is to raise the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and to promote a greater awareness of the sport.

The USPTA offers its members more than 60 professional benefits, including on-court liability insurance, health insurance assistance, a supplemental savings plan for retirement and offers more than 200 education events a year for members to improve their teaching skills and increase their business knowledge.

The USPTA is governed nationally by a democratically elected Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The daily administration of the USPTA is overseen by the CEO at the World Headquarters in Lake Nona, Fla., just outside of Orlando. The majority of the USPTA’s membership consists of Professional and Elite Professional level members who work full-time in the tennis industry. USPTA Professionals have job titles including general manager, director of tennis, assistant professional, and coach. They direct tennis businesses, develop tennis programming, oversee tennis operations, teach lessons, and coach teams at all types of facilities, such as private and commercial clubs, public tennis centers and parks, and colleges and schools.

USPTA Mission Statement

The purpose of USPTA shall be to elevate the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches.

USPTA Vision Statement

The USPTA will be the world’s leading trade association of certified tennis-teaching professionals and coaches, viewed and highly respected as an organization of knowledgeable experts and specialists, industry innovators, and as an indispensable business partner. The USPTA will deliver the highest level of educational tools and programs that enhance the livelihoods of its members, create career opportunities within the tennis industry, and promote the sport of tennis.

HISTORY OF THE USPTA

October 2019 – On Sept. 23, 1927, a small group of tennis professionals gathered in an upper-story room of the Spalding building in New York City. Their mission was to bridge the gap between the amateur ranks and a respectable career as a tennis professional. Their answer was to establish the Professional Lawn Tennis Association of the United States.

The nascent organization sent out the following notice to all recognized tennis professionals:

“For some time there has been a very strong feeling among lawn tennis professionals that there is a need for some organization to protect and promote their interests, and to assist them in obtaining a proper and recognized status in the tennis world. A meeting was held on September 23 and it was decided to form an Association… An initiation fee of $10 will be charged to all new members. Dues are to be $5 annually.

“An executive committee has been elected and a constitution adopted. It is the desire of this executive committee to have all tennis professionals of accepted standards become members of this Association. As one of these, you are cordially invited to fill out the enclosed application blank for membership.”

Over 90 years later, the United States Professional Tennis Association has grown to more than 15,000 teaching professionals dedicated to promoting the sport and raising the standards of their profession in the U.S. and around the world.

In 2017, the USPTA moved its World Headquarters to Lake Nona, Fla., and in 2019, the USPTA became the only fully accredited tennis-teaching organization as designated by the United States Tennis Association.

USPTA Timeline

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