USTA Names Recipients of Annual Awards

March 24, 2010

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The USTA announced today eight winners of its Annual Awards during the USTA Annual Meeting held March 19-22, 2010 at the InterContinental Dallas in Dallas, Texas. The honorees were recognized for their dedication to growing the game at an awards luncheon.

Below are the awards, descriptions and honorees:

Bill Talbert Jr. Sportsmanship Award

In partnership with the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the USTA presents the Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award to four junior players who exemplify the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play.

Seniors’ Service Award

The Seniors’ Service Award was established in 1958 and is given annually to the person most deserving of the respect and honor of all seniors. It is awarded on the basis of the recipient’s willingness, cooperation and participation, either in play or organizational work, for the betterment and furtherance of senior competition. The award was first awarded to W. Dickson Cunningham of Rahway, N.J., for whom the trophy is named.

Brad Parks Award

The Brad Parks Award was established in 2002 to honor an individual or organization that has been instrumental in the development of wheelchair tennis around the world through playing, coaching, sponsoring or promoting the game. The award was named after Brad Parks, a pioneer of wheelchair tennis and the first wheelchair tournament champion.

Member Organization of the Year

The award is given annually and recognizes the outstanding services of a USTA member organization through its commitment to the tennis community, the organization’s members and the game of tennis. The award was instituted in 1981.

Ralph W. Westcott USTA Family of the Year Award

The Ralph W. Westcott USTA Family of the Year Award was created in 1965 by the USTA in honor of the late Ralph W. Westcott and to emphasize the theme that “Tennis is a Family Game.” The award is made annually to the family who in recent years has done the most to promote amateur tennis, primarily on a volunteer basis. All members of the family should participate in some way, either as players or by offering their services in running programs or tournaments or in junior development activities.