USTA Player Development Launches Training Center-East

November 9, 2009

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The USTA announced today that its Player Development program is launching the USTA Training Center-East at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The USTA Training Center-East will augment USTA Player Development operations at its existing sites — the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and the USTA Training Center-West in Carson, Calif.

The USTA Training Center-East will conduct year-round programming for youth in the New York metropolitan area, and will host a number of week-long and weekend camps for young players throughout Eastern Seaboard. Programming will begin this winter.

USTA National Coach Tim Mayotte will be based at the facility with additional staff to be named.

“This is a watershed moment for the USTA Player Development program,” said Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, USTA Player Development. “The USTA Training Center-East provides the program with its third full-time training center and will allow us to spread our coaching philosophy to hundreds of young tennis players throughout the Northeast. Along with our partnerships at the new Regional Training Centers, our player development outreach is greater than it has ever been throughout the country.”

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has 46 hard courts (3 stadium, 31 outdoor and 12 indoor). The facility will add four clay courts to be used for USTA Training Center-East programs.

The USTA Player Development program has been created to identify and develop the next generation of American champions by surrounding the top junior players and young pros with the resources, facilities and coaching they need to reach their maximum potential. The Player Development program is based at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and also utilizes the USTA Training Center-West in Carson, Calif., and the USTA Training Center-East in Flushing, N.Y. Last year, the USTA began implementing its Certified Regional Training Center program as part of its expanded efforts to develop future American tennis champions, which will expand the USTA Player Development program’s reach throughout the country by partnering with academies, clubs and tennis centers that have a proven record of identifying and developing tennis players. The USTA expects to name approximately fifteen Certified Regional Training Centers over the next five years.