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Oct. 29, 2014

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Message from the CEO

Click here for a special message from CEO John Embree about USPTA's National Education Day.

Member Benefits

Prince is offering two promotions right now for U.S. members. First, check out the Friends & Family website. You can purchase up to $1,000 of Prince merchandise at preferred player pricing through Nov. 21. Second, buy 10 cases of Prince tennis balls and get one case FREE through Nov. 15! To order, contact or 800-2TENNIS. Click here for pricing information.

In honor of Vic Braden

The legendary Vic Braden passed away Monday, Oct. 6. His family will hold a private memorial for him in November. To read more about Vic or to leave a comment, click here.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, you consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Vic’s love and passion, The Junior Tennis Ambassadors, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  The programs that Vic established are the Junior Tennis Ambassadors program, which provides free tennis instructions for adult volunteers who will supervise young elementary and junior high school tennis coaches, and the Junior Medical Ambassadors program, which features elementary and high school students serving as medical advisors for fellow students in areas with high occurrences of obesity and diabetes. To donate click here, or you may send a check to Junior Tennis Ambassadors Inc., 23582 Via Paloma, Coto de Caza, CA 92679.

Education opportunity

USPTA Pros are invited to the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Florida to learn the Spanish Tennis Teaching System. The Competitive Coaching Course Level 1 is Dec. 5-7 and the Pro Coaching Course Level 2 is Dec. 7-9. USPTA Pros save $100 on Level 1 or 2, or save $250 if attending both sessions. The special offer ends Nov. 21, so be sure to register before then. Click here for more information.

ITA Coaches Convention, Dec. 12-15, Naples, Fla.– Cutting-edge educational workshops will be offered by top college coaches, tennis professionals and experts. Click here for more information. USPTA members receive a special discount of $100 off registration. Click on the Public & Affiliate Member Registration button, complete registration and when prompted to enter a coupon code, enter USPTA2014 to receive the special discount. Register by Oct. 31 for the early bird discount. (5 education credits plus credits for sessions attended)

Tennis tip: Teaching tips for red court players – Hand before racquet exercises

Many young children struggle with tossing and catching. Here is Craig Jones with some tips on how to improve these skills that will facilitate the transition to racquet and playing.

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Dec. 5-10
This is an opportunity for your 8- to 12-year-old players to compete against some of the best young players from around the world. Former champions include Andy Roddick, Ryan Harrison, Vasek Pospisil and CiCi Bellis. For details or to register, click here.

Tennis Thanks the Troops

Tennis Thanks The Troops has some tennis industry all-stars lending their names to the campaign leading up to Veterans Day. They are asking tennis clubs/pros across the country to join them in supporting ThanksUSA's military family need-based scholarship program. Tennis All-Stars for the Troops include USPTA's John Embree, along with Nick Bollettieri, Lisa Raymond, and Mark Ein to name a few. They are supporting the Tennis Thanks The Troops campaign by asking clubs to participate before Jan. 1 or plan ahead to Memorial Day 2015. Read this letter and please consider registering your event today.


Click the cover to read the November/December issue of Tennis Industry online, or go to to browse specific stories from this month's issue. Inside:

TTC outlines are online

Outlines from the Tennis Teach Conference speakers have been posted at Download them here.

National Education Day

National Education Day is Nov. 15. In order to help you reach your goal of six continuing education credits for the 2014-2016 period, every division will host at least one educational event on or around Nov. 15. Visit to see the calendar or visit your division's website at

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Zguns, Kalapala Win Singles Titles at USPTA Hard Court Championships

Read about the results of the Hard Court Championships held Oct. 24-25 at Hollytree County Club in Tyler, Texas.

Next up are the Indoor Championships, March 27-29 at the Racquet Club of Memphis in Tennessee. Read more and register here.

Four USPTA Pros represent USA at ITF Super-Seniors Championships

USPTA was well-represented this month with four members representing the U.S. at the 34th International Tennis Federation Super-Seniors World Team Championships, held Oct. 13-18 in Antalya, Turkey.  Read more here.

Education requirements

All USPTA-certified Professionals must earn 6 education credits every three years to remain current. Click here for a complete list of eligible activities. Members will need to keep some type of verification (email, letter, certificate, receipt, etc.) that shows they attended the event/activity and submit it along with the date and agenda to to receive their credit. Questions? Write to or call 800-877-8248, ext. 147.

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