USTA conducts symposium with industry leaders
May 6, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) concluded its first USA Tennis Symposium which took place this week in Orlando, Fla., with representatives from the USTA and a number of tennis organizations including the ATA, ITA, NIRSA, PTR, TIA, USPTA and the WTT. The symposium and discussions analyzing the state of the sport were led by USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams.
The overall purpose of the symposium was to introduce U.S. Tennis leaders to the USTA National Campus and discuss how the new Home of American Tennis can benefit each attending organization and the sport of tennis as a whole. Special emphasis was placed on programming and support for Youth Tennis and U.S. Player Development.
“Our goal was to bring the leaders and innovators of our sport together and discuss how to keep tennis growing and relevant in a changing America,” said Adams. “The completion of the USTA National Campus in Orlando will provide our sport an unprecedented opportunity to lead, innovate and succeed, and the USTA’s goal is to be as inclusive as possible as we develop ideas, programs and initiatives that will grow our sport. This symposium is the first of many steps in this regard.”
The USTA broke ground on the USTA National Campus, the new Home of American Tennis, in April 2015. A model tennis facility, the USTA National Campus, to be completed in late 2016, will feature more than 100 tennis courts and will be divided into areas that focus on the complete tennis pathway. Open to the public, the USTA National Campus will be able to accommodate family outings, clinics, camps, leagues and every type of tennis competition and program, from youth tennis events to age-based national championships. Collegiate tennis will be a staple, with the USTA National Campus serving as the home of the University of Central Florida’s men’s and women’s tennis teams, as well as hosting collegiate tournaments. The USTA’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions, which focus on strengthening the game’s grass roots and developing the next generation of American champions, will also be housed on the site, incorporating the latest technology and equipment to assist with advanced training techniques, sports science, coaching education and improved athletic performance.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.