USPTA ‘Footwork’ Show to Air on Tennis Channel

June 30, 2010

“On Court with USPTA” is the cable TV show produced by the USPTA. In the episode “Footwork Solutions Part 1 – Baseline side to side,” USPTA Master Professional Lorenzo Beltrame demonstrates the importance of developing good footwork to be a successful tennis player. The legs and feet are responsible for getting players to the ball and putting them in the correct strike zone to make good contact. The episode will air on July 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

In this advanced lesson, Beltrame will have viewers moving to the ball and recovering back to the correct position for their next shot, just like the pros. See how to run along the baseline, hitting in the center, moving for wide balls, and hitting running shots.

Beltrame has been involved in tennis all his life, first as a top junior, then as a professional player and ultimately as a coach. Throughout his coaching career, he has worked with dozens of ATP and WTA touring professionals, including Jim Courier and Pete Sampras. He has traveled extensively coaching players in major professional events including the four Grand Slams, Davis Cup, and Hopman Cup. Beltrame has served as director of tennis and director of athletic mental training at the Human Performance Institute Inc., in Orlando, Fla., since 1996. Prior to joining the Human Performance Institute he was responsible for developing programs at the Tennis Club Ambrosiano, one of the largest tennis clubs in Milan, Italy, and at two of the leading tennis academies in the United States.

“On Court” is a half-hour instructional show featuring USPTA-certified professionals as guest instructors. The USPTA became the first tennis-teaching organization ever to produce and air an educational television series on playing and teaching tennis on the Tennis Channel in 2003. Since then, more than 63 shows have been produced that provide instruction about technique, strategy and other facets of the game, such as fun and fitness. All production is done in-house, which includes everything from planning and scripting, to shooting and editing, to graphics and DVD duplication. All episodes of “On Court” are now in high-definition.

All episodes of “On Court with USPTA” and more than 100 other USPTA-produced DVD titles are also available for purchase online at