Newsletter - ADDvantage too Soon to Plan for Your Future 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2014 -- USPTA announced at the end of last year a new vendor-supported, supplemental retirement program for Professional-level members. Vendors such as Prince, NetKnacks, Nike/Fromuth and Hop-a-Razzi are making voluntary contributions (based on qualifying purchases) to a supplemental retirement plan.Tips and info on the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference 12:00:00 AMAugust 2014 --<p><strong><span class="NSNewsletterTitle"><em><font size="4" face="Verdana">Tips for the conference:</font></em></span></strong></p><ol><li><font face="Verdana"><strong>Look beyond the schedule.</strong> There&#8217;s more to attending the conference than just sitting in a lecture. Keep your eyes and ears open as you walk from session to session.<b>International Experience and Team Events</b> – <br><i>How important is it for junior tennis players to get exposure in team events and international tournaments? How can we increase this exposure for U.S. players? 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2014 -- Tennis is an internationally recognized individual sport. From an early age, to high school, and to college, the benefits from team and international experience are exceedingly apparent.Grow Tennis by Growing the USPTA Foundation 12:00:00 AM<p>July 2014 -- You know that USPTA&#8217;s mission is to elevate the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches. But did you know that USPTA has a foundation whose mission is to provide donations devoted to programs that help economically disadvantaged people learn tennis? The USPTA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation that was established to serve as the charitable arm of the USPTA.If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now ... 12:00:00 AMby By Stephen C. Dettor, President, 10-S Tennis Supply</p><p>July 2014 -- Have you ever said or thought, &#8220;If I only knew then what I know now?&#8221;&nbsp; Have you ever pondered how great it would be if we aged in reverse?&nbsp; Imagine the possibilities if you were able to pair the wisdom acquired through time and experience with the energy and passion of youth!</p><p>Much has been made of the &#8220;aging&#8221; issue faced by the tennis industry in general and the teaching profession specifically.The Hardest Working Clay Court in the Southland 12:00:00 AM<p>July 2014 -- <em>Thomas Penner makes the case for clay courts making better players on hard courts.</em></p><p>On a recent summer evening my father-in-law, Ray, and I broke from his weekly lesson to check on the six Hydrocourt dark boxes at the rear of this still young Har-Tru clay tennis court. A heat wave had hit the Southland and a dry white &#8220;hot spot&#8221; had begun clouding the court&#8217;s southern baseline.How to Get the Most Education at the Tennis Teachers Conference 12:00:00 AM<p>July 2014 -- </p><p><strong>1&nbsp;&#8211;&nbsp;Register.</strong> Make the first step toward your continuing education and register to attend the conference. While there are several ways to earn your education credits at home, nothing beats being here.Understanding the Value of Attending the Conference 12:00:00 AM<p>July 2014 -- There are many reasons why a professional should consider attending this year&#8217;s Tennis Teacher&#8217;s Conference: networking, education and the buying show. While these are vital reasons to attend, there are other benefits of the conference, such as a planned &shy;vacation.Conference Education Information 12:00:00 AMJuly 2014 -- <span lang="EN">The 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York, in conjunction with the US Open, is a four-day conference, beginning on Aug. 22.Meet some of the 2014 Featured Speakers 12:00:00 AM<p><font face="Arial">July 2014 --</font></p><p><font face="Arial"><strong><font size="4">Paul Annacone&nbsp;</font></strong> <img border="0" align="Right" src="" width="221" height="300"></font></p><p><font face="Arial"><em><strong>Paul Annacone is the former coach of all-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and former World No. 1 Pete Sampras.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><em>What will you be speaking about at the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference?</em>&nbsp; <br>I will be participating on the Grand Slam panel where we&#8217;ll have a discussion about various topics surrounding the events.</font></p><p><font face="Arial"><em>What is the biggest challenge facing touring coaches today?</em> <br>Understanding the complexities of the individuals we work with.Q & A: PlayYourCourt joins Tennis Thanks the Troops in Nationwide Fundraiser 12:00:00 AM<p>July 2014 -- ThanksUSA, a provider of post-secondary school scholarships to the children and spouses of members of the Armed Forces, has a new champion. founder and CEO Scott Baxter recently matched his passion for tennis &#8211; he&#8217;s a USPTA certified professional &#8211; with his deep appreciation of military families.TGA: Reaching Kids through Tennis 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2014 -- In September 2013, USPTA announced a partnership with TGA Premier Youth Tennis, an exciting program and business model that increases USPTA members&#8217; revenue and drives traffic to their facilities. The partnership will help grow tennis at the grassroots level and provide USPTA members with a business ownership opportunity.2014 Tennis Teachers Conference 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2014 -- The premier event in the tennis industry heads to the Big Apple this year to bring together the leading tennis-teaching professionals and coaches in the industry for a weekend of education capped by visiting the most exciting Grand Slam event in the world.</p><p>USPTA will be joining the USTA in hosting the Tennis Teachers Conference in New York, Aug.Meet some of the 2014 featured speakers at the Tennis Teachers Conference 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2014 -- </p><p><strong><font size="4">Bill Kurtain<img border="0" align="Right" src="" width="194" height="203"></font></strong></p><p><strong><em>Bill Kurtain is the owner and president of Winning Touch Tennis, a full-service, tennis management company.</em></strong></p><p><em>Please give us a brief synopsis of what you&#8217;ll be speaking about at the TTC.</em><br>I will be speaking about the need to raise awareness of developing a career plan for tennis-teaching professionals after their &#8220;active teaching career&#8221; is over. Specifically, to begin to transition to the business side of the tennis industry in a variety of venues.It’s Game, Set, Give for Military Heroes 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2014 -- The sharp thwack of an ace from a tightly strung racket, high-fives echoing on the breeze, and blue and green cement baking in the California sun. It's just another day at the courts for local tennis players.Reaction Rules in Doubles 12:00:00 AM<p>May 2014 -- When it comes to tennis, expect the unexpected. So many factors about the game make it extremely unpredictable.Growing the Game; Growing Your Business 12:00:00 AM<p><font face="Arial">May 2014 -- Tap into the flourishing youth tennis market and give your programming a boost by hosting a Play Day. Grow your business and get more kids playing by introducing them to competition in a low-pressure setting so they can transition to team tennis and tournaments.USPTA Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards 12:00:00 AM<p>May 2014 -- USPTA is now accepting nominations for its 2014 National Awards Program. As the leader in tennis-teacher education and certification, each year the USPTA honors members who are committed to excellence as tennis teachers and as ambassadors using tennis to impact people and communities.Grass Courts Added to USPTA 2014 National Tournament Series Slate 12:00:00 AM<p>May 2014 -- USPTA added a fourth tournament to its 2014 National Surface Championship Series schedule, which will now cover all four court surfaces. </p><p>The 2014 USPTA Grass Court Championships will be held at the Desert Highlands Racquet Club Sept.USPTA, Fromuth Extend Partnership to 2021 12:00:00 AM<p>April 2014 --</p><p>The United States Professional Tennis Association extended its partnership with Fromuth Tennis an additional five years through August 2021 to be the exclusive provider of Nike footwear and apparel.&nbsp; The agreement links the No.Access Great Content Anywhere, Anytime with USPTA TV 12:00:00 AM<p>April 2014 --</p><p><strong>USPTA</strong> and <strong>Dartfish</strong> are very proud to announce the launch of the <strong>USPTA TV</strong> app for both iOS and Android devices.&nbsp; This free app, available in Apple&#8217;s App Store and Google Play,&nbsp; is a direct portal to educational content and teaching resources posted to the USPTA&#8217;s channel on Testing and Education Requirements, Opportunities for USPTA Pros 12:00:00 AM<p>April 2014 --</p><p>The year has gotten off to a fast start and there are lots of new initiatives for 2014. We have finally caught our breaths from the furious pace we set in testing and certification at the end of 2013.Q & A with ThanksUSA Founders Rachel and Kelsi Okun 12:00:00 AM<p>April 2014 --</p><p>Two teenage girls from McLean, Va., have vowed never to forget our Armed Forces and their families by saying thank you through one of life&#8217;s most precious gifts &#8211; education.</p><p>Nine years ago, at ages 8 and 10, &nbsp;&shy;Rachel and Kelsi Okun launched ThanksUSA, a non-profit organization that provides need-based post-secondary educational scholarships to the children and spouses of U.S.Tennis Across America Celebrates 25 Years 12:00:00 AM<p><font face="Arial">March 2014 --</font></p><p><font face="Arial">Since 1990, USPTA and its members have made an invaluable impact on the community by growing the sport of tennis through Tennis Across America&trade;.&nbsp; Thousands of people have had the chance to pick up a racquet and fall in love with the game thanks to the efforts of USPTA Professionals who have donated their time throughout the years.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">2014 marks the 25th annual Tennis Across America, USPTA&#8217;s free lesson program designed to introduce the game of tennis to children and adults who have never experienced it.Tennis Thanks the Troops 12:00:00 AM<p>March 2014 -- </p><span lang="EN"><p dir="LTR" align="LEFT">Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer and this year we want it to mark the start of a nationwide movement from the tennis community to say thanks to the brave men and women of our U.S. military and their families.