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contents 1999 uspta world conference on tennis -IS FUTURe ~~!!!" TeNNIS

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9 Climb every mountain with conference speaker as your guide

10 Conference educational schedule 1 11 Things



12 Conference registration form 13 Hotel reservation form 15 International championships form 18 Golf form

departments 4 USPTA mailbox 5 CEO's message 7 Secretary-treasurer's message 34 Career development 35 Industry action 37 Classifieds On the cover- -USPTA member Pat Serret is the Association's No. 1 ranked men's 35-and-over singles player. He also was the 1998 male 35-tJ:..nd-over Player ofthe Year.

volume 23 • issue 7 ADDvontoge magazine editorial offices ...USPTA World Headquarters 3535 Briorpork Drive, Suite One Houston, TX 77042 Phone - (713) 978-7782 (800) USPTA-4U Fox- (713) 978-7780 e-mail -

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Kathy Buchanon


Dione Richbourg

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USPTA mailbox Thefollowing letter represents excerpts ftom an article published in the Abilene Reporter-News. It is reprinted with the permission ofRick Meyers, USPTA. I recently read an article written by Tim Heckler about how to prepare people for the world beyond sports. For most people, competition is a natural part of their personality. Whether it's football, baseball, volleyball or tennis, people cheer for their favorite professional players to win . But if you mention the word competition in other sertings, including children's sports, you are likely to get a few nasty looks. However, I agree with Mr. Heckler when he says that he has a deep appreciation for what competition as a youngster did for him and how he has seen that competition helps mold other kids into responsible adults. We are afraid that society is losing sight of the very positive role that competition can play in our lives and those of our children. I have been a teaching pro for more than 16 years and have seen hundreds of kids come through my programs. It's amazing how accurately I have been able to predict someone's contribution to society by knowing him as a kid growing up playing tennis. My judgment has never been based on their tennis success; it has always been based on their competitiveness, determination to be the best they can be anel. their love for the game. If they have those three qualities, they will be able to direct those qualities into the profession' they choose as adults. The correlation between their competitiveness and determination as a kid and when they are adults is always very interesting to watch. It's exciting to hear them attribute much of their success as adults to their competitive nature. The experience they developed while playing sports gave them the ability to deal with people as both parmers and opponents. You hear stories of sports organizations instituting "non-result oriented competition." Twelve years ago, the USTA took away 12-and-under competition. We still had tournaments but there wasn't a winner at the end. The USTA now feels that is one of the major contributing factors to the United States not having as many highly ranked players on the professional tour. That is why they have now reinstated 12-and-under rankings and national tournaments. Competition still is the driving force behind what makes our country great. To successfully compete is the American dream, whether it's in the sports arena or in the boardroom. American tennis and other sports can benefit from this lesson.

DearTllll, You are right on again with your CEO message in Febr~a!')' about the value of competition for youngsters. The preparation for life has proven itself so many times that it is amazing that any objective person could espouse noncompetitive sport over the wonderful maturing value of competition and striving for improvement. Ken McAllister, USPTA Master Professional Via e-mail Dear USPTA, I've noticed a number of articles published on the importance of competition. It might be worthwhile to shift our attention to the importance of cooperation. Scientists reported there are 3 trillion cells in the human body. Ten billion of these were brain cells. The healthy human body and the coordination it uses to play tennis are made possible by the remarkable cooperation of these cells. I'd venture a guess that there is more cooperation in a single h uman body than there was/is competition in all the tennis matches ever played. Medical doctors tell us stress is a killer. It shortens our life expectancy. Psychologists tell us our self-image establishes our view of how the world works and sets the limits of what we think we can accomplish. Competition teaches children to see the world as a place of struggle. In losing, they may develop the self-image of a "loser" and thus limit what they can achieve. We are told that competition is really fun . I recall watching two university teams playing. After every missed shot by literally every player on both teams, the player making the error screamed (a four-letter word). Apparently, these players were unable to see the fun in running their fannies off to avoid losing their scholarships. I suggest we pay more attention to the importance of cooperation in tennis and that the pitfalls of competition be recognized so they can be avoided. Competition taken to its extreme moves from the athletic arena, to scholastic endeavors, to religious wars and truly can shorten our lives. Powell Blankenship, USPTA San Diego

The Nation al No minating Committee has completed its task and proudly su bmits the fo llowing slate for the USPTA Natio nal Board of Directors.


nationa1 Board of Directors 4

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President First vice president Vice presidents


Joseph Thompso n Mark McMahon (listed in alphabetical order) Tom Daglis Harry Gilbert David T. Porter Ron Woods Jeff W ate rs

Additional nom inations may be made by the gene ral me mbe rship and su5mitted to the CEO by July 21. In o rder fo r a new candidate to be added to the ballot, he or she must be no minated by at least 20 me mbe rs. O nly one no minee per office will be added to the slate.

CE8's message What's vvrong vvith ttlis picture?


recently attended a children's tennis tournament court schedules were prepared in advance and withwith my 8-year-old son. The event was run by in minutes we were smoothly ushered to a court for my son's first match. The rest of the day went the Houston Professional Tennis Association and was held at a prestigious faciliry in Houston just as well. I sat at the table outside the pro shop Raveneaux Country Club. This program has helped using the dead time between matches to write this enhance the image of teaching pros in the Houston message. Now and then Des and his assistant would alternate directing activities on the deck with givarea and has inspired numerous children and their families to participate in the sport. ing tennis lessons. However, two important things stood out - there was always someThe drive to Raveneaux was one helping members and guests shorter than we expected so we arand Des was always in control of the rived much too early for an 8 a.m. action with a confident and helpful starting time. Raveneaux's Director of attitude. Tennis is an old friend of mine, Des So, I return to the question Early. When we arriv~d, Des was putWhat'swrongwith this picture? Abting the finishing touches on the toursolutely nothing! From the warm nament preparation. We talked briefwelcome, offer of a cup of coffee and ly, then he went into the pro shop the professional sales help in the pro and I went to the nearest court to shop to the staff leadership and warm-up my son for his match. training by example and the conA few minutes later, Des apstant direction of social and program peared on the deck outside the shop Tim Heckler activities, the experience representand asked my wife and me if we ed the ideal picture of a tennis prowould like a cup of coffee. I thought fessional in action. this might just be a courtesy to a couple of friends, but I was more impressed when he casually yelled The only thing I regret is that we can't "bottle" out a similar invitation to others, including memthese professional attributes and offer them to many young or inexperienced members through our edubers of his club, as they started arriving for regular court reservations. cation program. A little later, I went into the pro shop to check We so often hear that teaching professionals want and need. their trade association to build their in for my son's match. The immediate impression was great. A variery of qualiry merchandise was atimage. The fact is that the image of a teaching protractively arranged in a compact but elegant area. fessional is more often created by his or her offcourt actions instead of an on-court performance. Des was behind the desk with his assistant Andre Thomas, who was professionally dressed and confiIt's the attention to detail and a professional business attitude that really impresses customers and dently introduced himself. keeps them coming back. A club member walked into the shop and adAll the public relations effort in the world won't mired the new display of Bolle sunglasses. Des took boost a professional's image if he or she doesn't decharge. With his complete knowledge of the prod: uct, it took him only a few minu~s. to convince velop the interpersonal and business skills needed the woman that the new glasses would help her to succeed as a great tennis-teaching professional. Our job involves working with people, whether game. She signed a charge slip for $120 and went they are staff, club members or employers. We also out to play. must remember. that most teaching pros work in In Raveneaux's case, we did not have to deal with the inconveniences oflast-minute tournament See Professional, Page 6 preparations. The tournament draws, match and

the image of a teaching professional is more often created by his or her off-court actions instead of an on-court performance.

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Professional from Page 5 the "service" industry, which means we must cater to our customers. We have to create an environment that is inviting and provides enjoyment for tennis customers. At a time when our industry is begging for more tennis players, tennis pros are the first line of defense when it comes to retaining current players and recruiting new ones. Although our industry hasn't quite put a finger on what is causing tennis to lose players, it has taken notice of tennis clubs and their role in growing tennis by increasing their membership numbers. According to January's Club Industry magazine, a sample of IHRSA member clubs showed


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that tennis clubs had a net membership growth rate of 16 percent in 1997, while multipurpose clubs showed a net increase of only 10 percent. The report also cited higher retention rates. In the March issue of CBI magazine, Rick Ferman, USTA executive director, agrees with such statistics. He said, "Over the years, it's been well documented by IHRSA surveys that club members who play tennis spend more money per person than any

other category of member, and that the retention rates for tennis-playing members are the highest in the industry. " Ferman continued by adding, " .. . it makes great sense, from a busine~s perspective, for IHRSA members to support and promote tennis in their communities as well as in their clubs." These statistics are proof that tennis is growing in some areas of our industry and it places the spotlight squarely

USPTA professionals are not only our country's delivery system for tennis programs, but also the group that serves our industry as true ambassadors for the sport.

on tennis-teaching professionals and their influence. USPTA professionals are not only our country's delivery system for tennis programs, but also the group that serves our industry as true ambassadors for the sport. My experience at Raveneaux was rewarding, and I felt as if true professionals who are capable of attracting hundreds of new players to tennis each year had treated me to a wonderful day. I know there are many clubs and facilities that provide this kind of service every day, and the professionals themselves provide the ultimate image building for our profession and tennis. As I was leaving I asked Des how long he had been the director at Raveneaux. Not to my surprise, he said, "Twenty years. " '{)G

A £ecre1:ary-tfeasurer's messa§el------. usptao


United we stand USPTA certification makes a difference every time you hire!


W ill Haag

First Vice President

Joseph Thompson

~ce Presidents

Harry Gilbert Mark McMahon David T. Porter Ron Woods

Secretary-treasurer Townsend Gilbert


ho hired you for your first tennis-teaching position? More than likely, it was the head teaching professional or director of tennis at the facility. In fact, now you might be the person responsible for hiring assistant teaching professionals at your facility. How selective is your hiring· process? How much experience do you require of entry-level assistants? Do you expect applicants to meet any other job-related pre: requisites? For several years now we've been promoting the benefits of hiring USPTA professionals to owners, managers and other employers. T his has not only boosted the image of our professionals in the eyes of these audiences, but also has enhanced the job opportunities for members. As a team we can do more. Although it's still a good idea to promote USPTA-certified professionals to the larger audience of employers, it's really you - the teaching professional who hires people w fill the majority of Townsend teaching positions. If you have the power to hire tennis-teachers, you have the power to mold our profession in many important ways. You can: • Set high standards in yo ur hiring practices • Demand quality teachers • Endorse the very certification that you hold Whether yGu make the hiring decisions alone, or with assistance from an owner or manager, it's critical that you stress the importance of US PTA certification to those who have any influence over the hiring process. It's just as important to explain the certification ratings and what skills can be expected of various levels: If you alone hire tennis teachers, yor u. should want the best - USPTA-certified. By doing so yo u can: • Base their salaries on the professional ratings they hold • Encourage growth of our profession and players You should expect more experience and skill from a Pro 1 than from a Pro 3 or Instructor level teacher. Of

course, there are individual exceptions to this general rule, but you are the best judge of what a tennis program needs and how the people you hire will fill them. The chart on the next page outlines the relationship between certification ratings and skill levels. The Certification Exam is structured so that the rating a person receives on his or her test can determine for which jobs they are most qualified. The chart associates the vario us certification ratings with specific job skills and tides. For example, a person who receives a Professional 1 has the capabilities to work as a director of tennis or head tennis professional. He or she should be able to train competitive players, manage pro shop operations, the tennis facility and activities. A Pro 1 should also be able to handle employee relations tasks such as hiring, and develop budgets, direct communications and be an integral part of the professional management team . We want employers and the pubGilbert lic to view USPTA certification standards as the best in the industry. T hus, we must first hold ourselves accountable for promoting our profession and hiring fellow USPTA members. Only when we practice what we preach can we ask others to follow our example. I know that you want to have a louder voice within our industry. I hear it as .J travel to various divisions and attend industry functions . T he truth is that a unified voice begins with all of us. The US PTA name speaks volumes to employers and consumers if we promote the significance ofUSPTA certification andreward those pros who upgrade their ratings. We can make a difference. We can strengthen the job market for USPTAmembers, better promote ourselves to employers and demonstrate our unique qualifications to the en~ire industry. Most importantly, we will be raising the standards of tennis teaching ip this country and by doing so we cannot fail to increase the popularity of our great game. The next tim~ yo u have a chance to hire a tennis-teaching professional, think US PTA certification first! Continued next page

Kurt Kamperman

Past President


Tim Heckler

Director of Operations Executive Assistant

Rich Fanning Marty Bostrom

Director of

Shawna Ailey

Communications Comm uni cat ions/ Divisional Liaison

Courtenay Dreves

Jill H. Ph ipps

Com munica tions

Publications Coordinator Public Relations

Julie Myers Dan Soine


Marketi ng Coordi nator

Diane Richbourg

Director of Caree r Development

Jim Peavy

Educa tional Administra tor

Thelma Holmes

Career Mathew Thompson Development Assistant Sports Marketing Assistant

Elizabeth Elek

Webmaste r/Corporate Services Manager Corporate Secretary

Christi Call

Janice Stollenwerck


Danielle Paige

Computer Services/ Club Rela tions

Kathy Bucha nan

Divisional Executive Administrator

Yvonne Hung

Membership/ Education

Vicky Tristan

Membership/ Education Assistant

Angela Reese

Membership/ Education Assistant

Joyce Saberola

Financial Manager Controller

Renee Heckler Theresa Weatherford

Insurance/ Merchandise Services Merchandise Services

Ellen Schmidt

Susan Wrigh t- Broughton

LEGAL COUNSEL Attorney-at-law

Paul Waldman

For information, write the USPTA World Headquarters 3535 Briarpork Drive, Suite One Houston, TX 77042 Phone (7 13) 97 -USPTA (800) USPTA-4U Fax (713) 978-7780 e-mail - Internet - Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central tim e

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From previous page

H.iring guidelines for employers Minimum iob skills

Certified ratings

Master Professional

Master Professiona I


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• Al l Professional l skills. More than l 0 years of experience and proven expertise. • Maintained levels of continuing education

• High accompl ishments in teaching, playing, business acumen, industry service, service to peers and other comprehensive attributes offered only to the highest rated professiona ls in the world.

Todd Skinner presents a message of courage and conviction as applicable to personal and corporate goal-setting as it is to extreme rock climbing.


he tropical melting pot of Miami may seem an odd place to find a man who thrives in the harsh and isolated reaches of the world's most formidable mountains. But Todd Skinner, inspiring in both word and deed, knows no boundaries. This record-setting rock climber will share the power of positive thinking as

the Sept. 22 keynote speaker for the 1999 USPTA World Conference on Tennis. The 72nd annual conference is scheduled for Sept. 1925 at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami. Nearly 1,500 tennis-teaching professionals and other industry representatives will meet with the shared belief that "The Future ofTennis Starts Here."

Skinner will take attendees "Beyond the Summit" with a message of courage and conviction as applicable to personal and corporate goal-setting as it is to extreme rock climbing. Skinner has accomplished athletic goals previously considered impossible, including the first free ascent of the East Face of Trango Tower in Pakistan's Karakoram range of the Himalayas. A "free" ascent means he used only his hands, nerve and the rock's natural features to scale this mile-high stone spire. Using stunning expedition photography featured in National Geographic, Skinner recounts heart-pounding passages from this chapter of mountaineering history. "Beyond the Summit" is a vertiCal challenge with down-toearth applications. In the personal, impassi~.ned way that Skin-

ner speaks of his own quest for an "unattainable" summit, he enables audience members to better evaluate their own limits. Stressing teamwork, Skinner praises his partners on the Trango Tower climb. "It was our willpower and our tenacity, even more than our skill, that eventually allowed us to succeed," he said. Skinner's other groundbreaking climbs include the first free ascent of the Salathe Wall on El Capitan and the Direct Northwest Face route on Half Dome, both in Yosemite National Park. In addition to National Geographic, his adventures have been documented in publications such as Life, USA Today and Outside magazine, and televised on ESPN. Skinner's appearance IS courtesy of Bolle. 'f)o ADDva ntage/ July 1999


1999 USPTA World Conference on Tennis

Educational schedule SUNDAY, SEPT. 19


Beginner/ advanced


A. Rattenbury

Seminar/ N . Bollettieri

Breakthrough to diagonal power in your tennis coaching D. O'Meara

1 0:30 - 11 :30 a.m.

No fear: The champion's way L. LeClaire


Seminar/ D. Leach

9-10 a.m.

Seminar (Spanish)/ D . Burgess

4-5 p.m.

The psychology and strategies of successful negotiating J. Michalko

10:30 - 11 :30 a.m. Ideas for programming small indoor facilities/ C . Kuhle

2-3 p.m. Crisis management/W. Pretorius

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Strategies for teaching championship doubles to all skill levels/ K. DeHart

TUESDAY, SEPT. 21 9-10 a.m.

Facing challenges of international tennis/ D . MacCurdy

11:45 a.m.- 1:15 p.m. General session: Beyond the summit/T. Skinner 1 :30 - 2:30 p.m. Into the millennium with global modem tennis/ B. Hobden

1 :30 - 5:30 p.m. Specialty Course 2: Sports medicine/ biomechanics "P. Roetert, Ph.D.

Specialty Course 3: Sports psychology/ motor learning M . Kernodle, Ph.D./B. Young, Ph.D . .

Practice drills for twos/T. Daglis

Specialty Course 4:

1 0:30 - 11 :30 a.m.

Physiology/ nutrition M . Bergeron, Ph.D. , P. Love

Taking the "net " to win/ J. Coyne

11 :45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. The biomechanics of a good form/ J. Mclennan Coaching, education and certification for the new millennium/ P. Roetert, Ph .D./ N. Saviano

1 :30 - 2:30 p.m. Seminar/ M. Baroch , Ph.D. 21'' century sport psychology: Teaching emotional management training/ B . Young, Ph .D.

1 :30 - 5:30 p.m. Specialty Course 6 : Assertive communication and negotiation skills/ B . Fackel

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Reaction and speed drills J. Dinoffer Research project M . Kernodle, Ph.D.

1-5 p.m. Specialty Course 1: Target '

Specialty Course 5: So I bought a ball machine. Now what do I do?/ S. Oley

Evaluating and enhancing your relationships/ B . Greene

training for singles and doubles F. Hassan

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

4-5 p.m.

Back to the future : One-to-one tennis marketing on the lntemet/ L. Karageanes

Mini-tennis/ M . Ebert

2-3 p.m. How to promote yourself as a USPTA professional/ G . Winder

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Communication skills needed in the tennis industry/ M . Adler

4-5 p.m. Thought-field therapy D. Hazledine

THURSDAY, SEPT. 23 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22 8-9 a.m. The buck starts here: Turning your pro shop into a profit center/ D . Sunderlin

8-9 a.m. Children 's tennis/ A. Bartek, T. Gilbert, M. Whitney Seminar/ N . Bollettieri Seminar (Spanish)/ L. Mediero

Pro shop/ A. Bedsaul Pro pad: An instructional, organizational and promotional development/W. Pretorius


Specialty Course 7: Equipment customization D. Sunderlin

Specialty Course 8: Stress management/ G. Sailes, Ph.D. 1 :30 - 2:30 p.m. Filming the world's best players: Digital analysis of ball speed and spin/ J . Yandell

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Building rapport with children R. Vasquez Jr. Nutrition for tennis players, coaches and pros: Year 2000 D. Halvorsen , Ph.D.

4-5 p.m. Teaching and learning tennis

F. Hassan SATURDAY, SEPT. 25

7-8 a.m. Filling your courts for fun , skill, profit and job securityI S. Behne Mastering the fundamentals : Give them homework D. Kozlowski

8-9 a.m. Children 's tennis/ A. Bartek, M . Whitney

8:15- 9:15a.m. Working w ith children : the dos and don'ts T. Gilbert/ A. Vasquez Jr. Marketing/ M . Bucciero Seminar (Spanish)/ R. Saad

11 :45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

10:15-11:15 a.m. General session: Is tennis

Advanced players/ P. Frazao

ready for me? (tennis forum) J . Spring

The conflict between ambition and fear/ A. Fox, Ph.D.

11 a.m. - noon

1-5 p.m. Specialty Course 9 :

Children 's tennis/ A. Bartek, T. Gilbert, M . Whitney

International panei/ L. Mediero, M . Bucciero, M . Ebert, A. Rattenbury, P. Frazao

Guidelines and drills for group lessons/ B. Reed

El carte de dar c/ases de ten is (Spanish)/ F. Velasco

9:15- 10:15 a.m. Seminarj J . Groppel, Ph.D.

Teaching the serve and volley game/ R. Harmon

9:15- 10:15 a.m. Serve an ace with parks and recreation/ K. Spangler

Tennis professional compensation P. MacDonald/ K. Hilgers

Large group lessons with triangles, squares and rectangles (Spanish)/ J . Dinoffer

Desarrollando jugadores de alto nive (Spanish)/ R. Saad

How to run successful events (Spanish)/ F. Velasco

11 :30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Seminary'). Loehr, Ed.D.

Wheelchair tennis B. Moore, Ph.D .

1 :30 - 2:30 p.m. Going beyond your strokes and strategies: Teach wisdom D. Oon, Ph.D.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. New solutions to old problems R. Hecklemen

This schedule is tentative and subject to change. 10

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1999 USPTA World Conference on Tennis

Things to know Specialty Course registration Attendees may sign up for Specialry Courses on the official conference registration form. Each Specialry Course is worth 2 credits in USPTA's Career Development Program and costs $25. An outline will be available at the registration desk at the resort for those who preregistered for the conference and courses.

Testing/upgrading Members interested in taking the Certification Training Course or upgrading their classification must register by Aug. 15 by calling the USPTA Membership Department. The exam and CTC will be offered in portions over a six-day period. Anyone interested in becoming certified must meet the requirements for membership before registering for the exam. A CTC and exam for wheelchair certification will also be offered at the conference. Prospective members should have all requirements met by August 15. For more information about testing, call the USPTA Membership Department.

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Conventions in America is the official travel agency for the USPTA World Conference on Tennis. Attendees can save 5 percent to 10 percent on lowest applicable fares with American Airlines and Continental Airlines, and take an additional 5 percent off with a minimum 60-day advance purchase. You have three ways to make reservations: 1. Call Conventions in America. (800) 929-4242 • Ask for Group No. 590 2. Call an airline directly and reference the following codes. American: (800) 433-1790 Starfile No. 7499UE • Continental: (800) 468-7022 Ref No. MXQ3X5 , Z-code ZJHE 3. Call your own travel agency. Refer to the code numbers referenced above when booking on the official carriers to receive the special discounts.

Tennis Shopping Holabird Sports: Tennis Direct: www.

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Budget Rent a Car will provide the following unlimited mileage rates one week i?efore and after the d~tes of the conference. To make reservations, call (800) 826-2096 and be sure to provide the special rate code: ID No. U054823. Daily Weekly Economy $24 $ 99 129 Compact 28 Intermediate 32 159 Full size 36 179 Convertible 199 39 44 Luxury 229 Minivan 45 239

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Registration form

1999 USPTA World Conference on Tennis

Sept. 19-25

in America

Miami, Florida

!J~ve up to $80 bj re5i~tulvt5 be1-ore Au~+ 1ft. Main registrant Name _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ USPTA member No.



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Please indicate parties you plan to attend :


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Please indicate parties you plan to attend:


0 Wednesday night

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Child registration

Registration fee includes special menu at nightly parties and promotional giveaways for children ages 5-12. Children ages 13-18 receive adult package . This registration fee does not include the children's camp (see below).

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Please complete this form and return it to Dora! Golf Resort & Spa no later than August 14, 1999. The hotel will not accept reservations over the phone.

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Dora! Golf Resort & Spa 4400 N .W. 87'h Ave . Miami, FL 33178-2192 (305) 591 -6350 (800) 71-DORAL (305) 591 -6630 (fax)

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Check-in time is after 4 p.m. - Check-out time is at 11 a.m. General information • All reservation· requests must be received by August 14, 1999. Requests received after this date, or for dates other than the main conference period , vyill be accepted on a space-available basis only. · • Please include one night's room revenue as a deposit in the form of credit card number (with an expiration date valid through date of departure) or cfteck, which will hold your room until midnight of the day following your scheduled arrival date. Upon arrival, the deposit will be applied to the last confirmed night of the reservation . In the event of your early departure, the deposit is nonrefundable unless the hotel is notified prior to, or at the time of check-in.

• Cancellation notice of three (3) days is required for a refund . Early departure will result in forfeiture of deposit. When canceling or changing your reservation by telephone, be sure to obta in a cancellation or confirmation number. • The hotel will make every effort to honor requests for specific types and locations of rooms. However, on occasions when such requests cannot be met, the hotel reserves the right to provide alternate accommodations.

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lthough the abso lute number of Americans who play tennis at least once a year declined from 1996 through 1998, the number of committed players seems to be growing. Three independent sources confirm that the sport is gerting stronger among the core market of frequent players. MediaMark Research reported a 17 percent growth in the number of adults who play tennis 12 or more times a year (approximately 5 million people). This survey compared 1998 to 1997 levels. Over the same period, Mendelsohn Media Research also reported a 17 percent increase in adults with a household income

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for clubs of more than $70,000 who played 12 or more times a year. A recent survey by American Sports Data showed nearly 18 million Americans play tennis at least once a year. Participation in the sport peaked in the 1970s but dropped to 13 million players in the mid-1980s: In another study, the National Sporting Goods Association reported a 12 pe cent growth in Americans who play tennis 30 or more times a year. This research compared 1997 to 1996 levels. That's a positive sign for commercial tennis clubs, country clubs and club teaching professionals, according to USPTA CEO T im Heckler. Three-quarters of USPTA's nearly 12,000 member teaching professionals work at private and commercial tennis facilities. Frequent tennis players are much more likely to join tennis clubs, play in club events and take lessons at tennis facilities, Heckler noted. "While the number of infrequent tennis players isn't where we'd like it, we need to recognize that the growth in frequent tennis play is one positive sign for tennis clubs." USPTA has designed several new programs to spur interest in tennis at the club level. One such program is a new "member-guest" tennis social event that encourages club members to bring their friends to the facility. The association also publishes USPTA's Guide to Country Club Tennis Operations and sponsors educational courses nationwide on a range of on- and off-court topics affecting tennis-teaching professionals. "The teaching professional is at the heart of club tennis, " said Heckler. "It's our job to give them the tools to do a better job, as well as promote their importance to that segment of the tennis industry." '{)<>

1999 USPTA International Championships Presented by

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What: Singles and doubles competition, open and age categories When: Sept. 19-23. Starting times for first-round singles matches will be mailed September 1. Where: Dora! Golf Resort & Spa Surface: C lay courts (40 and over, M!W) Hard courts (Open and 35s, M!W) Individual entry fees: $50/singles, $20/doubles. Tournament players must register for the World Conference on TennisSM; tournament and convention fees must be paid separately (see convention registration form, Page 12). Singles entry and fees deadline, August 16. Doubles may register at tournament site, preregistration encouraged.

Prize money: Determiri"ed by the number of entries received up to a maximum of$30,000. Player/event regulations: Each eligible player is limited to two events. An event is two players or teams competing. Men's open limited to a 128-draw. Events may use block seeding, depending on size and strength of draw. Mixed doubles rule: Players may play regular doubles and mixed doubles. Tentative starting schedule: Sept. 19 - Sunday 9 a.m . - Start MOS, M35S, M40s, M45s, WOS 5 p.m . - Sign up ends for all doubles .

Match scoring: Regular match scoring, two of three tiebreaker sets.

Sept. 20 - Monday 9 a.m. -Start remainder of singles 3 p.m.- Start all doubles 5 p.m.- Start MXD

Rules: USTA. 15-minute default rule in effect. Players allowed minimum hour rest between singles matches, 30 minutes between singles and doubles matches or two doubles matches. Dress code: Proper tennis attire. No T-sh'irts, tank tops or Capri tights. Player eligibility: Current USPTA members in good standing w ho preregister for World Conference on Tennis. All membership requirements must be completed by June 13 to allow for grading exam and processing application . USPTA will not be held responsible by any individual or division if entry is not accepted due to not fulfilling requirements before the 60-day deadline.

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Golf club rental:

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Dress code:

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The 1999 Golf Cup sponsored USPTA's open golf tournament uses the Callaway¡system of handicapping, which gives all players an equal chance to win, regardless of skill level. The tournament is set on the Doral Golf Resort & Spa Red Course. It is open to all members, spouses and friends registered for the convention. Prizes are provided by Pro Penn. When:

1-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25


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Callaway system of handicapping (shotgun format)

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each changeover to~ feel comfortably full, whether :;thirsty or not. For most players, about 8 ounces (eight swallows) during each changeover is appropriate. If you're playing in a tournament ~r an extra-l9.11g match, also drink a carbohydrate-


If possible, avoid playing when the sF'is at its m~~~ intense (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.). Drink plenty of water before, dnriQg~iifd after a J1titch. Drink enough dnring


The sun's blazing, the temperature's climbing and your opponent's crumbling. But your game's way cool since you learned how to beat the heat. Proper preparation for the sun, heat and humidity will make a dramatic difference in your enjoyment of the sport this summer. It could just mean the difference between ~ and ll!Itlt£E that tight tournament match. And in addition to landing a strategic advantage over your opponent, you'll protect y~ur body from the elements and stay mentally cool under ~ _,_....... Here are a few ways to have (fim in the sun.

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After playing, don't sit in a cold clubhouse ih a sweat-filled shi;t. Take an extra shirt and a towel.

Wear sunglasses with UV protection.

If you feel weak or dizzy, stop playing and sit down in the shade until you feel '· better. Place a cold cloth or towel on your neck or head.

Sit in thlliihade during changeovers, or at least turn away from the sun.


Playing tip: {JMtead of trying· to pass your opponent at the net, consider lobbing when he is--fa:cing the sun - especially if he lacks confidence in his overhead.

USPTA supports ''Lessons for Life'' fund-raisers for American Cancer Society >


SPTA is encouraging teaching professionals to host "Lessons for Life" fund-raisers to raise money for local chapters of the American Cancer Society. The Association recently designated October 23, 1999, as "Tennis Against Cancer Day" and October as "Tennis Against Cancer Month" to rally support and raise funds . â&#x20AC;˘ "Many of us have been, or will be, affected by cancer in family members, friends or even in our own health," said USPTA President Will Hoag. "The 'Lessons for Life' program is just one way we can

work toward a cure and do something positive for our communities." The ACS reports that more ¡ than 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. With your help, USPTA can help find a cure.

I want to help. What qualifies as a "Lessons for Life" event? Teaching professionals may raise money through a variety of methods, such as lessons, clinics, tournaments and tennis socials. For ex~ple, a pro

may ask a student to donate the cost of a lesson to the fundraiser. The pro could also donate their lesson fees for any new and existing tennis clinics, lessons, tennis parties or round-robin tournaments during a "Lessons for Life" event at the club. One easy way would be to host a special group tennis clinic in October and ask students to donate their lesson fees to the cause.

When is ''Lessons for Life Day"? October 23, 1999

Can I host an event on another day? Yes. October is Tennis Against Cancer Month, but you can host a fund-raising event at any time during the year. And, pros may host more than one fundraiser event at a facility.

To whom do participants make their checks payable? The American Cancer Society

What is the minimum donation? There is no minimum donation. Every dollar will go toward the fight against cancer.

¡Where do I send the checks? All checks and monies raised should be sent to your USPTA "Lessons for Life" Divisional Liaison (see next page). A teaching pro can donate her lesson fees from any new and existing tennis clinics, lessons, tennis parties or roundrobin tournaments during a "Lessons for Life" event at the club.


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1999 Lessons for Life Committee and divisional liaisons Committee Russell Warner Dick Johnson Nick Getz Kim Sunderland

Divisional liaisons California Eric Stephens (562) 630-7636 Eastern

Steve Diamond (973) 244-0601

Molly Beardsworth (941) 495-1000, ext. 246



Kate Mills (703) 524-3227

Northern . California '

Middle States

Mark Townsend (610) 647-9622 pal


Rob Black (312) 527-5801 , ext. 222



Warren Pretorius (435) 615-5426 .

Pacific Northwest

Missouri Valley

Kim Sunderland (913) 341-6964 Bob Greene (207) 864-2540

Randy Kop (808) 293~024


Pam Kearney (612) 473-2540, ext. 207

San Diego

New England

Northern California

Michael Friedman (408) 358-3636, ext. 20 talking

Pam Dice (702) 831-2181

Doug Mclaughlin (509) 248-2938 Kim Funk (760) 753-7266


Tom McGraw (502) 895-4646


Dick Johnson (505) 821-4860


Tommy Connell (281) 497-2229

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Who. do I contact for Tshirts, giveaways, support materials and/or ''Lessons for Life" logos?

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hroughout the country, there are scores of camps available for tennis players of all levels. While these facilities offer a large menu of services, they often charge a hefty price. Local club pros can take advantage of this one drawback by offering camp packages to local players any time of the year. The advantages to hosting periodic camps are numerous. First, they offer another source of exposure and income for your facility. Second, they provide an opportunity for players to develop particular aspects of their game not normally addressed with the existing club staff. Third, players have a chance to improve by learning with comparable hitting partners from surrounding areas rather than just competing against them in tournaments. Fourth, junior players are exposed to a team-like atmosphere that they rarely enjoy in this individual sport. And fifth, tennis is falling far behind other 24

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sports (e.g. basketball, soccer, baseball, etc.) in offering affordable and advanced development for players of diverse backgrounds.


It is imperative that your staff works well together and complements each other's strengths and weaknesses. The staff also must be established well before any player arrives for the first day of practice.

Some people argue that programs should be conceived and then a staff put together to fit that conception. The problem with this logic is that you can almost always conceptualize a better program than you can legitimately offer. Consequently, we recommend finding â&#x20AC;&#x201D; outside of your own club, if possible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; experts in tennisrelated services. No matter what size your teaching staff, it is imperative that you collect a team of people who work well together and complement each other's strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, the development of a cohesive staff cannot be done during camp; it must be established well before any player arrives for the first day of practice. They must see the instruc-

Hope Valley Country Club Durham, N.C. Ranked junior and college-level players ,_Improving footwork and psychology of the participants' games through tennis-specific drills Key staff: Bobby Montgomery - stroke and strategic expert (and host of the camp) Fayyadh Yusuf- guest from Charlottesville, Va.; directs the sport psychology and footwork aspects of the camp The camp was going to be very exclusive (and therefore small) given the market size. At one time, there were never more than 10 players on court, or larger than a 6:1 studentteacher ratio. Therefore, no further assistance was necessary. Note: While both worked the camp together, Montgomery was still responsible for running the club. During the four days, he continued giving lessons to members and dealing with management issues. Therefore, it was extremely important that he had someone whom he trusted to work with the athletes while he was not directly involved. Target: Focus:

Limit the mission ofyour camp to two or three areas and teach these areas in depth over the ftw days that your camp runs.

tors as one unit with a single purpose and philosophy. The size of the staff depends on the number of students you anticipate artracting. While the "experts" may remain few, you should still have enough pros available to run drills and supervise match play. Upon formation of your staff, the next step is evaluating what services each member can offer at a high level of competence. Knowing this information will help determine the design of the camp.

Design Before detailing every minute of the camp, figure out what the mission of the camp is going to be. This goal enables you to stay focused on accomplishing a particular task and it clarifies to the players what they should (or shouldn't) expect. The focus should overlap with the precise expertise your staff has to offer. Remember, don't overshoot your capabilities. Ambition is admirable, but be intelligent about the actual feasabilities (be they skill level, court availability, equipment needs, etc.). Knowing how much of

what to offer your participants is vital to the quality of the camp. One common negative of some programs is the misperception that more is better. Th~se places act as though they are obligated to offer more advice because they charge exorbitant fees. Just because you may believe that footwork, psychology and technique are all important to developing a great game doesn't mean you have to address all of these things at one time- particularly if your staff is not qualified to meet these needs competently. A more beneficial approach is attempting to perfect a few important details. Limit the mission of your camp to two or three areas and teach these areas in depth over the few days that your camp runs. If your whole staff is comprised of..teaching pros, then find out if someone really excels at creating noxel games or communicating doubles strategies. Perhaps they have a unique way of teaching an old skill that will really help participants. If yo u can find specialists from related areas

Schedule 9:30 a.m.-noon Footwork and skill games. The athletes were relatively fresh for the physical demands and alert enough to absorb the lessons. Noon-2 p.m. Lunch. Given the hot temperatures and excessive humidity, anything less than two hours would not have given their bodies time to recover. 2-3:30 p.m. Match play (either singles or doubles). Outcomes of the matches were important to the players, but the mission was to emphasize the footwork lessons taught that morning. Additionally, the mental aspects of their games were also addressed during matches. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Off-court sport psychology group talk. Mental issues from the matches and general questions regarding sport psychology were addressed. This hour also enabled the athletes to recover physically before ending the day with more march play. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Match play. Emphasis was on mental lessons addressed during the previous hour.

See Durham, Page 27

See Camps, Page 26 ADDvantage/ July 1999


Factors to remember when planning a camp • The staff should work well together. •

Every staff member should have a specific role and contribution when designing the focus of your camp. Consider skills such as individual strokes, singles strategy, doubles strategy, footwork, strength conditioning, evaluating (self and/ or opponents), psychology, match play or new practice drills.

Be creative when presenting the lessons. Variations include on-court lessons, classroom discussions and videotaping.

• Target a specific population even if it means smaller attendance. Quality will always wi_ n out over quantity. •

Staff credentials and prayer abilities should complement one ·another.

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such as strength and speed building, you may be e;xposing your campers to areas previously untouched. Despite your circumstance, decide if these are the areas you wish to offer to students and then make a schedule. Scheduling the day is important because for every session, you want your students in the best frame of mind to learn. If they're exhausted from being in the heat and sun, they probably won't respond to incorporating lessons in match play. Know what the physical demands of your camp are and then schedule drills, lectures and breaks accordingly. During the teaching

hours, allow each staff member to run his or her own lesson. While we strongly encourage the other instructors to be present for all lessons to s-upport and assist, their roles as assistants should be clearly defined. Again, this will require some advance planning and preparation. Instructors should have an idea of the language and terminology each group leader uses, why things are done in a certain way, and what key points to look for during drilling. As you begin to design your own camp, keep in mind that these players will come together for a relatively short period of time. Therefore, it is impe~­ ative that your staff be working toward the same goal and using the same simple teaching techniques. The exact amount

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of time you will spend as a group depends on you. But the key in making this a camp is having the students together for multiple consecutive days with lots of exposure to tennis (be it in a classroom, weight room or on court).

Marketing In conjunction with assembling a staff and developing a framework for the camp, it is also important to determine the type of player you wish to attract. The scheduled lessons must not be too basic or too advanced for the students. Nor should you include diverse levels of players in the same group per camp. Continuity between groups ¡is similar to any lesson you typically offer- beginners play with beginners, 4.0 players work with other 4.0 players. If you want to maintain good relationships with surrounding tennis pros, remind them that you're not trying to steal clients, only offer them something different. Invite them to observe, if necessary.

Durham fromPage25 There was some variance during ~e camp given fatigue levels, inclement weather or other unanticipated circumstances. The schedule was flexible bur still met the expectations of the pal'ticipants (and the staff's personal goals). Part of that meant spending extra time t?uking to the players and getting their feedback - all part of the process of getting better. The Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina has a fairly well-dev.eloped junior program. The camp was appealing for the area players who were senous about developing their game without wasting time and money. . A_ second appeal was that the camp wasn't focused on changing any player's e:XlStmg strokes. The goal was to simply make what they did have better. The fact. was, in four days changing things would have been irresponsible and unprofessiOnal. The athletes weren't going to continue with the staff after the camp because they had coaches at home who were already invested in their games. ¡ The third attraction was timing. The camp was held just before the USTA Southern Section's (for junior players) and the July circuits (which collegiate players c~mpeted i~). The participants seemed to appreciate an opportunity to hone thetr games wtth other people at their level because the level of intensity and execution was higher than working one-on-one with personal coaches. It also helped get many of them back into the competitive frame of mind, which was important for those who hadn't been playing matches in recent weeks. ~

Despite what time of year it is or when upcoming tournaments are scheduled, now is the time to begin planning a camp. By attending to every detail in advance, your players are sure to receive the_best training possible. And after a positive experience, they will invite their friends to participate in future camps you elect to create. ~

Robert Montgomery, USPTA, has been the director of tennis at the Hope Valley Country Club in Durham, N C., since

- 1996.

Fayyadh R. Yusuf Ph.D., is a performance enhancement consultant. He has coached strength and conditioning at Division I levels and has consulted with numerous teams and athletes. ADDvantage/July 1999



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s a tournament director, promoter and tournament committee member, I have been involved with 59 tournaments over the past three years. Everything from club championships to USTA sanctioned adult and junior tournaments to the Virginia Slims Legends & Grassroots Challenge. This year alone I will be working with 29 different tournaments thro~ghout Middle Tennessee and the southeast. You could say that tournaments and events have become a large part of my business. Recently, I was reviewing a stack of tournament evaluations from the past rwo years. As I read through the stack of comments and suggestions from both juniors and adults, I began to compile a list of things important to tournament players. I have condensed the list to the "top 10." With USTA adult tournament play on the decline, USPTA tennis professionals who host or run tournaments of any size or type need to keep these in mind. (They are not listed in any particular order.)

It truly is amazing how a $5 bucket of assorted candy affects people at a tournament. Keep a small bowl of free candy and mints at the check-in desk for players. Fruit is a great snack and pleasure. I spend an average of $20 on fruit for every tournament. If nothing else, have it out for players on Saturday, typically crunch day for the majority of play. It's a very small piece to a large tournament puzzle.

1. Hestrooms

5. Food·&drink

Not only do you need them at every site, they need to be easily accessible. Remember to have plenty of soap and...r.aper towels as well as extra toilet paper.

All tournament sites are not next door to your club's restaurant or McDonald's, but people - players, especially - need to eat. I have used caterers or sandwich and snack vendors on site. Sometimes I purchase my

2. Water Players appreciate having it on court or at least close by. Also, try to have ice available and don't forget the cups!

3. Cool T-shirts Do not give out cheesy T-shirts, especially to kids. Also, try something other than white. Everybody has white T-shirts.

4. Candy &fru~

own food and drinks from Sam's Wholesale Club and sell items through the pro shop. Try to have something for people to eat. When they are h ungry they eat and drink anything.

6. Dna prica To encourage more play in the doubles division , offer one price for both singles and doubles. Consider the head tax , awards and balls and set a higher one-fee policy.

7. Practica courts This one is sometimes tough to accomplish due to court availability. The pro tournaments do it, so why can't club and local tournaments? Try to keep at least one court on site open for practice throughout the entire tournament. Pl_?.yers can book half of the practice court for 30 minutes at a time. Also, work with other facilities in the area to secure a couple of

Those of us who are tournament directors and staff need to go out and play more tournaments ourselves to keep in touch with the players' perspective.

courts for tournament players to practice on during the event. In return , do the same for them during their events.

8. Stringing

10. Satallita situs

Keep a stringer on site during the tournament in a special "racquet customizi~g" area. T hat way, he will be available for the players and their racquet needs. Our to urnament stringing has doubled over the past year because of the convenience and service we provide. Also, having the right outgoing person in the pro shop during a tournament will help move some merchandise.

Every satellite site needs the same attention to detail and amenities that your main site has: restrooms, water, food, etc. When players are sent off to a satellite site, many times they feel they are being banished to Siberia. Satellite sites don't have to be a dreaded place to go; try to make them special in their own way. But remember, just because it has courts doesn't make it a good tournament site for matches. <§>a

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Bill Riddle, USPTA, is the owner and director of tennis operations for Tennis Unlimited Promotions in Nashville, Tenn. The company conducts events and programs at various facilities around Middle Tennessee as well as operates two pro shops.

This always rates high on our tournament evaluation forms and sometimes is the toughest to accomplish. Being patient and keeping that "Friday morning smile" on your face on Sunday afternoon is difficult.




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USPTA World Headquarters in Houston hosting Certification, Exams for tennis teachers \.

Course to review topics covered SPTA is now hosting an ongoing series of in the test. This course is also useful to current US PTA memCertification Exams bers who wish to review speat the association's World Headquarters in Houston. Tenctfic exam areas before upgradnis-teaching professionals, ing their certification ratings. CTC topics include student coaches and tennis instructors are invited to take the exam to _ psychology, developing srudent earn their US PTA certification rapport, class organization, lesson progression and a review of or upgrade their rating. ¡ teaching techniques. The exam includes an onUpcoming Houston exams court eva lu ation of tennis strokes and playing skills, will be held on July 26-27, October 25-26, November 15stroke and grip analysis, private 16 and December 13-14. The and group lesson instruction, and other skills needed in the USPTA World Headquarters and tennis center are located at tennis-teaching profession. The exam also includes a 100-ques3535 Briarpark Drive, Houston, Texas 77042. tion written test covering teaching, playing and business manContact USPTA at (800) agement skills, rules, club acUSPTA-4U (877 -8248) to regtivity programming and other ister for an exam or for more topics. information. Advanced regisThe exam process starts tration is required. The total fee for the exam and CTC is $175, with a Certification Training


plus prorated US PTA membership dues. "Today's tennis players have come to expect a high level of professionalism and knowledge from their tennis professionals," said Tim Heckler, USPTA's CEO. "Becoming certified through USPTA demonstrates that a teaching professional has skills necessary to excel in the game, and business, of tennis." ~

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Governors salute USPTA's Tennis Across America pr~gram, shovv support of game¡


o rally support for the sport, US PTA contacted governors in all 50 states and encouraged them to proclaim May 8 as "Tennis Across America Day" and May as "Tennis Across America Month." Governors nationwide responded by sending official proclamation certificates and support letters to the USP- _ TA World Headquarters m Houston.

To celebrate the USPTNs Tennis Across AmericaTM program, certified tennis-teaching professionals hosted hundreds of free tennis clinics in May to share the sport with new and current players. Instructors in 'more than 200 cities nationwide ran the lessons at tennis centers, clubs, public parks and other sites. The events were part of USPTNs 1Oth annual celebra-

Governors coast to coast sent official proclamations to show their support of Tennis Across America.

tion of the group's flagship outreach program to increase tennis participation. Most of the events were held on May 8 "Tennis Across America Day'' but some events were scheduled on other days throughout May. "Playing tennis fosters selfdiscipline, perseverance, physical fitness and good health among the citizens of South Carolina," wrote South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges in his proclamation of May as "Tennis Across South Carolina Month." "The goal of physical fitness is shared by both USPTA and the people of the great state of New York," proclaimed New York Governor George Pataki. "It is fitting to recognize the dedicated efforts of USPTA teaching professionals, whose contributions ... to the value of health consciousness in communities across the United States are commendable." "New Jersey acknowledges the unselfish efforts ofUSPTA teaching professionals to contribute further to the revitalization of tennis," wrote New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman as part of her Tennis Across America proclamation. Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is used to wrestling tights more than tennis whites, but that didn't stop USPTA from inviting him to participate. :fhe Association issued a standing invitation for Ventura to take a free Tennis Across

New York Governor George Pataki thanked USPTA teaching pros.

America lesson from a local US PTA teaching pro. While he hasn't taken up the offer just yet, Ventura did send an official certificate to recognize Tennis Across America events throughout Minnesota. Support for the program also carne from one of the nation's top political families. Governor George W. Bush of Texas proclaimed May 8 as "Tennis Across America Day" in Texas. "Tennis is a great source of fitness and family fun," wrote Governor Bush. "Children can play with their siblings and parents, while seniors enjoy the sport well into their later years. ¡Regardless of their age, people who play tennis find it benefits both body and mind. They learn discipline, focus and good sportsmanship. "I encourage all Texans to Continued next page ADDvantage/ July 1999


health, and strengthened family bonds." Governor Jeb Bush of Florida also reflected his family's support for the game by proclaiming May as "Tennis Across Florida Month." Support from the Bush family doesn't stop there - former president George Bush is one of the VIPs serving as an honorary co-chair for this year's Tennis Across America program. ''I've been a tennis player all my life," said the senior Bush. "The sport has given me a wonNew jersey Governor Christine_ derful sense of competition. It Todd Whitman pitched in support teaches you a lot about the joys for tennis. of victory and how to take a recognize the dedication and defeat. generosity of the USPTA's in"''m glad to pitch in and structors and to take advantage support the 1Oth ¡ year of of their free clinics," Bush conUSPTA's Tennis Across Amertinued. "Doing so can lead to . ica program," he added. "Tena better understanding <;>f the nis really is such a worthwhile sport, improved fitness and sport for kids and adults, so of

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Regardless of their age, people who play tenr:-is find it benefits both .body and mind. They learn discipline, focus and good sportsmanship. - George W. Bush Texas governor

course I'm pleased to be a part of this effort to bring people to the game." Some of the other states that officially proclaimed support for Tennis Across America in-




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Texas Governor George W Bush proclaimed May 8 as "Tennis Across America Day" in Texas.

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1998. They brought home a gold ball from the hard court championships in San Diego, a silver ball from the clay court tournament in Jupiter, Fla ., and a bronze ball from the indoor championships in Cincinnati. Anders is the director of tennis at the Santa Barbara YMCA .

Jim Sharton , USPTA, is the new tennis director at the Bald Peak Colony Sharton Club in Melvin Village, N .H. Previously, he was the advanced junior coordinator at The Athletic Club at Weston in Weston, Fla . Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas, recently hired four USPTA professionals to make up . its professional tennis staff. They are Phillip Lancaster, director of tennis and fitness , Gordon Davis , Keri Preng and Bill Shaw. USPTA recently represented the tennis -teaching profession to thousands of club owners and managers attending the lHASA International Convention and Trade Show in San Diego. At th e trade show, USPTA staff distributed free copies of the As sociation's book, How to Hire a Tennis Professional. USPTA member Timothy Smith is the new director of junior tennis at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass. He will oversee the growth and deve lopment of the 250 junior players in the program. Anders Betzholtz, USPTA, and daughter Kristina ea rned the No. 1 rank ing in the USTA fatherdaughter division for

This spring, the Wryot Tribe of the Table BluffReservation enjoyed an outreach tennis clinic presented by Standing Tall Tennis at Humbolt State University in Arcata, Calif USPTA professionals David Dantzer and john Slavin conducted drills, games and contests for juniors and adults.

USPTA member Mark Jeffrey is the new tennis director at the Presi- , dent Broadwater Swim and Racquet Club in Biloxi, Miss . He is a former top-250 touring professional and allAmerican at Mississippi State University. Will Bull , USPTA, is the new director of tennis for Kingston Pl antation in Myrtle Beach , S.C . He conducts junior and adult clinics.

A group of USPTA pros raised $219,000 for cystic fibrosis research at the 11'" annual Cystic Fibrosis Pro-Am at the Franklin Fitness and'Racquet Club in Southfield, Mich. USPTA members Steve Kirschbaum and Mike Graff were the tournament directors. USPTA pros who assisted were Brian DeVirgilio, Mike Kiewiet, Jim Fleming, Jeff Stassen, Dennis Royal, Paul Vrzal, Brett Beattie, Rob Olmstead, Scot Acre, Kelley Hice, Mark Simcina, Narendra Singh, Dado Franco and f ames Pattillo. USPTA's web site,, was honored as a 1999 Internet Sports Award All Pro Site for the sport of tennis. It is also eligible to win a 1999 Internet Tennis Award, which will be presented in October.

Th e Intercollegiate Tennis Associa tion has named USPTA member Frank Brennan the Wilson/ ITA National Coach of the Year for NCAA Diy_ision I. Brenn an is in his 20th season as coach for Stanford University. In NCAA Division II , David T. Porter, USPTA, was named Wil son/ ITA Coach of the Porter Year for women's tennis. He is the head coach for men's and women 's tennis at Brigham Young University-Hawaii . His No. 1-

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From previous page ranked women's team won the 1999 NCAA Division II women's tennis title with a win over No. 2-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State Univers¡ity. The ITA also honored two USPTA members in the NJCAA. Dick King of Temple (Texas) College was named ITA Coach of the Year for women's tennis. Ron Albers of Vincennes (Ind.) Uni'versity Junior College was named Wilson/ ITA Coach of the Year for men's tennis .

Member product showcase Oncourt Offcourt has released a new three-volume video series titled, "Explosive Power Training - 200 tennis-specific drills and exercises for fitness and fun." The suggested retail price for the set is $79.95 and it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. For more information, call (800) 752-7673 or (214) 823-3078.

Associations The Club Foundation held its third annual benefit silent and live auctions at the 1999 CMAA World Conference and raised $60,000 that will be used to fund education programs for club managers.


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Manufacturers GenCorp has completed the divestiture of its Penn Racquet Sports division to HTM, an Austrian company and the parent of Head. The sale includes Penn's domestic business, based in Phoenix, as well as all Penn operations in Europe, including manufacturing facilities in Mullingar, Ireland.

_ Miscellany The Intercollegiate Tennis Association Collegiate Men 's Tennis Hall of Fame inducted the following: Tim Gullikson, USPTA (posthumously), Tom Gullikson, USPTA, Wallace Johnson (posthumously), Mel Purcell, Bill Scanlon,

John Whitlinger,

USPTA New England Division award winners Jacque Faulise

Professional of the Year

Tracey Johnson

Eastern Pro of the Year

Charlie Peterson Sue Doyle Mike Kolenda

Western Pro of the Year Northern Pro of the Year Open Player of the Year

Norma Taylor and Lynn Miller Women's 45-and-over Players of the Year Carl Briggs

Men's 45-and-over Player of the Year

Sheila Weinstock

Women's Senior Player of the Year

Peter Vieira

Men's Senior Player of the Year

Tim Smith

Coach of the Year

Steve O'Connell AI Rogers

High School Coach of the Year Ed Serus Award

USPTA, Bennie Purcell and Bob Mapes. Passing Shots magazine has gone online with The magazine serves the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tennis communities. Decatur (Ill.) Park District will host a USTA men's futures tournament beginning July 30. The $15,000-tournament will be held at the Fairview Tennis Complex i[l Fairview Park. The finals will be held Aug. 8. Journament organizer is USPTA member Chuck Kuhle.

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