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August 13, 2014

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2014 Tennis Teachers Conference

Aug. 22-25
Grand Hyatt New York

Just 8 more days until the Tennis Teachers Conference. Register here.

Check your confirmation email for a link to the overflow hotel, Westin Grand Central.
If you missed the hotel deadline but want to stay at the Grand Hyatt, contact Janice at USPTA to get on the room share list, or 800-877-8248.

To receive the US Open grounds pass for Monday, Aug. 25, you must register for the TTC by Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Dining on a budget? Check out this helpful guide put together by the USPTA Convention Committee. Click here.

Hope to see you there!


aceing autism hosting free clinic in New york

ACEing Autism will be hosting a free tennis clinic for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Flushing (Queens), N.Y., on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 8 a.m., prior to the US Open. The clinic will be split into two classes, beginning at 8 a.m. for children 10 and under, and 9 a.m. for children 10 years and older. Volunteers from ACEing Autism, USTA, the USTA Foundation, and USTA Eastern Section will be on hand to work with the children, with two volunteers assigned per child. For more information about registering a child or participating, go to and view Flushing Meadows on the locations page or contact Richard Spurling, USPTA, at or 617-901-7153.

ACEing Autism is a nonprofit organization that provides recreational tennis programs to children across the country with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Education opportunities

Analyzing the forehand volley – USPTA will have a free webinar to analyze the forehand volley on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will be limited to the first 125 people who register. This is a great opportunity to earn half an education credit. The webinar will last approximately 30-40 minutes. To register, send an email to and let us know you're interested in participating. As the date gets closer, we will send instructions for the webinar.

The Velocity 10 and Under Program Development conference is where presenters will share best practice from around the world as they take you through ideas both off and on court that will create velocity for your program.  Click here for more information or to sign up. (3 education credits)
Sept. 26-27
Baton Rouge, La.

Tennis Tip: Tactics to use against an aggressive baseliner – Isolate the weakness

Although aggressive players have solid strokes on both sides, one side is always weaker than the other. Learn how to spot and attack the opponent’s weakness.

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Member benefit – Free access to US Open Series with membership card

Going on now:
Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, OH
Aug. 10-17, 2014
Tickets or grounds pass to any session, depending on availability. Must pick up at Will Call on the day of the event only.
Contact: Carol Anderson, 203-746-3318,

Upcoming events:
Connecticut Open, New Haven, CT (Formerly the New Haven Open at Yale)
Aug. 17-23, 2014
Grounds pass only Sunday through Tuesday (Aug. 17-19). Any USPTA Pro who assists on Monday, Aug. 18 at the Tennis Across America event from 1-4 p.m. will receive a ticket for the Monday evening session. 
Contact: Doug Eng, 617-281-8368,

Winston-Salem Open, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Aug. 17-23, 2014 
Sunday through Thursday (Aug. 17-21), all sessions
Contact: Pat Whitworth, 800-438-7782,

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USPTA Surface Championships

2014 USPTA Grass Court Championships
Sept. 11-14, 2014
Desert Highlands, Scottsdale, AZ
Registration deadline: Sept. 1

2014 USPTA Hard Court Championships

Oct. 24-26, 2014
Hollytree Country Club, Tyler, TX
Registration deadline: Oct. 9

New rules for Division I college tennis

The ITA will be inaugurating a new, shorter dual meet format for Division I college tennis beginning with the 2014-15 season. Highlighting the format changes are switches to no-ad scoring from regular scoring, one set of doubles rather than an eight-game pro set and no warm-up with opponents.

For a full summary of the ITA dual meet format and the steps taken to formulate it, please review the ITA Dual Meet Format FAQ.

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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