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August 19, 2015

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USPTA World conference

Sept. 21-25
New Orleans
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

  • The hotel deadline has been extended to next Wednesday (8/26) and the room block is filling up. Make your reservations here.
  • Save $50 when you register for the conference by Aug. 31. Register now!
  • The conference app is live!
    • It's FREE!
    • Download it here from your mobile device:
    • Make sure you turn on push notifications to get updated information!
  • The winner of the first registration drawing is Jose Pastrello! He wins a pair of Nike shoes, courtesy of Fromuth. The deadline for the next drawing is Sept. 4. Click here to register.
  • There will be a 10 and Under Tennis workshop at the World Conference on Friday, Sept. 25, 2:30-6 p.m. Register at


New membership categories

Platform tennis certification
USPTA is offering a new category of certification for platform tennis coaches. This is a separately tested and certified membership category under the USPTA umbrella. All professionals who become certified in platform tennis will receive all of the same benefits and pay the same annual dues as current USPTA-certified tennis professionals. Learn more about it or apply for certification here.

School Coach
This is a new category for school tennis coaches with an annual membership (Aug.-July.) for $99 per year. Benefits include full access to and the online practice planner. For more information, click here. Please forward this information to junior high, middle school and high school coaches in your area who may be interested in this opportunity.

Free webinar – Earn education credits

Tennis entrepreneurship by Tim Bainton
Wednesday, Aug. 26 • 2 p.m. (EST)


  • Tap into your inner entrepreneur
  • Tennis industry isn't just teaching
  • Realize the issues
  • Provide useful guidance
  • Maximize individual and club potential
  • Create a corporate culture
  • Don't be afraid to think differently
  • Talented pros or talented business people – how about both?

Click here to register (.5 education credits)

new “On Court with USPTA” episodes on Tennis Channel

New episodes will feature top USPTA Professionals such as Mark Kovacs, Craig O'Shannessy, Michele Krause and Chanda Rubin. Click here to read more. Schedule:

Sunday, Aug. 23
   9 a.m. EST
   Episode 101:  Mark Kovacs – Tennis Fitness Circuit
   9:30 a.m. EST
   Episode 102:  Craig O'Shannessy – Serve Strategy
Saturday, Aug. 22
   10 a.m. EST
   Episode 103: Michele Krause – Cardio Tennis Drills and Games (NEW!)
Saturday, Aug. 29
   1 p.m. EST
   Episode 104: Chanda Rubin – Patterns of Play (NEW!)

(The first two shows aired last weekend are being repeated on Sunday).

Member benefit – USPTA Auto Buying Program

Check out the August Great Leasing Deals at If you drive less than 15,000 miles per year and enjoy driving a new car every few years, this may be a good option for you. Read more here.

Member benefit: free access to US Open Series tournaments

There are three more US Open Series tournaments this month. Certified pros get in free – just present your membership card at the gate. Download it here. Learn more about the benefit here.

Western & Southern Open
Aug. 16-23 | Cincinnati, Ohio
Tickets or grounds passes to any session, depending on availability. Must pick up at Will Call on day of event only.

Connecticut Open at Yale
Aug. 23-29 | New Haven, Conn.
Grounds pass only Sunday through Tuesday (Aug. 23-25)
*Any USPTA Pro who assists on Monday, Aug. 24 at the USPTA Free Lesson event from 1-4 p.m. will receive a ticket for the Monday evening session (Session 3).

Winston-Salem Open
Aug. 23-29 | Winston-Salem, N.C.
Monday through Thursday (Aug. 23-27) all sessions

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Hiring a Contractor? Here's Your Homework Assignment

Getting ready to build that dream deck out back? Or turn the downstairs playroom into the ultimate man cave? Before you hire a contractor for any major home improvement projects, make sure you do your homework before they take that first swing with a sledgehammer:

  • Ask contractors to see their current license and proof of insurance.
  • Check their references – also check with your family or friends on anybody they'd recommend.
  • Collect bids (in writing!) from different contractors.
  • Ask specific questions, like “How long have you been in business?” or “Will subcontractors be involved?”
  • Make sure a firm finish date and payment terms are included in a (again, written!) contract.

To learn more about ARAG, visit today or call ARAG Customer Care at 800-535-1182.

This publication is provided as educational material only. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended as legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.

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USTA has partnered with Nickelodeon to drive millions of new families to Register your event so they can find you. What's in it for you?

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Prizes: Register to host an event during September and be entered into a contest to be eligible to a prize.*

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  • Tennis personality appearance at select events
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Register now for this limited-time promotion. Visit or call 800-990-8782.

*No purchase required. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States including the District of Columbia, who represent a Tennis Entity. Entry begins 7/15/15 at 12:01a.m. EDT and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on 9/30/15.To enter and for Official Rules visit Sponsor: USTA, 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604. ** is not a sponsor of this promotion. Except as required by law, Gift Cards (“GCs”) cannot be transferred for value or redeemed for cash. GCs may be used only for purchases of eligible goods at or certain of its affiliated websites. For complete terms and conditions, see GCs are issued by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington corporation. All Amazon ®, ™ & © are IP of, Inc. or its affiliates. No expiration date or service fees. © 2015 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Worldwide Day of Play, and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. © 2015 United States Tennis Association Incorporated. All rights reserved.


All USPTA-certified Professionals must earn 6 education credits in a three-year period to remain current. Click here for a partial list of eligible activities. Click here to submit verification of attendance. (International members and those who are 65 years of age or older are exempt from this requirement.) For more information, write to or call 800-877-8248, ext. 147. You can earn all 6 credits for free by completing the six online courses at!

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