Ian Griffin of Wisconsin is Winner of USPTA Personal Web Site Contest

March 31, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2008 — The United States Professional Tennis Association is very excited to announce that Ian Griffin of Onalaska, Wis., is the grand-prize winner of the association’s first-ever personal Web site contest. Griffin is a Pro 1 and 29-year member. His Web site stood out with his creative use of colors, links to online lessons and club information, and availability of content in English, Spanish and French. As the grand-prize winner, Griffin receives products from USPTA endorsee HEAD Penn Racquet Sports, including racquets, a bag and string. To view Griffin’s site, visit

The USPTA also named three runners-up in the contest. Kamis Ahmad, a Pro 3 and member for two years, from Singapore, has a personal Web site with excellent content and numerous photos and links. To view Ahmad’s site, visit David Minihan, a Pro 1 and member for 11 years, is from Norman, Okla. He produced a very clean personal Web site with content throughout the site and good use of pictures. To see Minihan’s site, visit Clive Ashford of Crayford, Kent, England, is a Pro 3 and has been a member for six years. He also created a very clean site with many pictures. Visit to view Ashford’s site.

The Web sites were judged using the following criteria: proper use of technology, use of all site features, content and use of graphics and photos. Each category was judged on a scale from 1 point to 5 points, with 5 points representing the best score for meeting the criteria of a specific category.

The USPTA provides the personal Web sites as a member benefit so that all members have the opportunity to promote themselves by reaping the benefits of the Internet and its vast communication capabilities, so they can use it to increase their channels of promotion and interaction with potential and existing students.

Each site has a home page that can be personalized as the USPTA teaching professional sees fit. Not only that, but each personal Web site has a biography and facility page, so visitors can learn more about the teaching professional and where he or she teaches. It does not stop there; members have pages for events, lesson programs, news and tips. There is also a page that lets members upload up to 15 images and a company logo that can be placed on any page on the Web site. To find a USPTA teaching professional and visit one of their Web sites, go to, click Find-a-Pro under players and enter the appropriate search criteria.