USPTA Redesigns

March 10, 2010

The United States Professional Tennis Association’s announcement of the redesign of shows its continued commitment to communicate the tremendous health benefits of tennis and that tennis is fun, easy, exercise for people of all skill, age and fitness levels. This free, interactive Web site, which supports the Tennis – for the health of it!SM initiative, targets teaching professionals, tennis consumers, health-care professionals, and non-tennis playing consumers. While was originally launched in April 2009, the upgraded site includes feature articles and videos (of the month) and a blog on “tennis and your health” featuring Dr. Jack Groppel, an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance, and an expert in fitness and nutrition.

In addition, registered users can sign up to comment on the blog and receive e-mail alerts when new content is posted. They can also track their tennis activity and weight loss if losing weight through tennis is one of their goals. The connection function allows users to search for and connect with other consumers or teaching professionals or invite others to visit the site and register. It is a great way for people who are trying to get healthy together to invite accountability partners to the site and monitor their progress and help motivate each other. People may also share stories on how tennis has impacted their lives. To register and get started, visit

The site also features an extensive event search that has been improved. Consumers have the opportunity to search for tennis events, programs and teaching professionals in their area. The event search now allows consumers to search events by type of event, date, facility, city or ZIP code. Registered teaching professionals have the opportunity to promote their programs, events and facilities on the site.

Also, since USPTA and entered into an agreement that makes TennisMD a health and fitness content provider for, USPTA now features articles and videos from TennisMD regularly on the site, giving users more fresh content to choose from on topics related to health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, injury prevention and much more.

“Our goals through this site are to not only inform the public that tennis is a great way to get healthy and provide them with tools and resources, but to also provide them with avenues to actually get out and play tennis in their local communities,” said USPTA CEO Tim Heckler., which was created in support of the USPTA’s Tennis – for the health of it!SM initiative, features numerous resources for each market/demographic. The site also features information and background on the initiative, and a breakdown of how different markets, whether they are recreational tennis players, competitive tennis players, nonplayers, or parents looking for activities for children, can benefit from tennis.

Tennis – for the health of it! is an initiative started by the USPTA in January 2008 to make the general public aware of the tremendous health, fitness and psychological benefits of tennis and encourage people to get out and play the sport as a part of their regular fitness regimens. The sport of tennis is also social and fun, and can be a welcome change to routine gym workouts or as an additional activity in a fitness routine as part of a healthy lifestyle. The USPTA and its members are the delivery force through which the public can receive these benefits through lessons and other tennis activities.