Tennis is more than a game – it’s a career.
The United States Tennis Association, the national governing body for the sport of tennis, is a progressive and diverse not-for-profit organization whose volunteers, professional staff, and financial resources support a single mission: to promote and develop the growth of tennis. In all, the association encompasses 17 geographical sections and serves more than 700,000 individual members and more than 7,800 Organizational Members – plus thousands of volunteers and a professional staff dedicated to growing the game – making it the largest tennis organization in the world.
Community Tennis strives to grow tennis at every level with a goal of making the game accessible to everyone. Adult Tennis, Junior Tennis, Market Development and Collegiate Tennis, and Membership are all managed within this business unit, which covers every step along the play pathway: from starting out with 10 and Under Tennis to USTA Junior Team Tennis, no-cut high school programs, junior tournaments and junior competition, college tennis (be it collegiate varsity tennis or USTA Tennis On Campus), USTA League and USTA-sanctioned tournaments for all ages.
The mission of USTA Player Development is to develop world-class American players through a clearly defined training structure and competitive pathway as well as through the implementation of a comprehensive coaching philosophy and structure. USTA Player Development encompasses several areas of oversight, including coaching education, player identification and development, sport science, strength and conditioning, and player services, as well as involvement in junior and collegiate competition.
Professional Tennis manages all aspects of the USTA’s involvement in the professional sport. The USTA owns and operates the US Open — the world’s highest-attended annual sporting event — and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, the USTA owns approximately 90 USTA Pro Circuit events nationwide and manages and selects the U.S. teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympics and the Paralympic Games.
Leveraging diversity and creating an inclusive environment is essential to achieving the USTA mission to promote and develop the growth of tennis. The USTA is committed to removing barriers and creating opportunities for all to participate in all that we do, striving to serve as a model for all organizations that aspire to achieve maximum growth potential by reaching out to all of America.
If you love tennis, you can make your passion a career and get a degree in professional tennis management (PTM). The following schools all offer PTM programs, with networking, paid internships, job placement and more opportunities.
To learn more about Ferris State University located in Big Rapids, MI, click here.
To learn more about Methodist University located in Fayetteville, NC, click here.
To learn more about Berry College located in Mt. Berry, GA, click here.
To learn more about University of Central Florida located in Orlando, FL, click here.
To learn more about Grand Canyon University located in Phoenix, AZ, click here.
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