Together, for Tennis
January 4, 2022
The tennis industry has come together as Tennis Industry United to help drive the growth of this sport. Tennis Industry United has developed educational, downloadable, and customizable resources and information—including this biweekly newsletter—to help our local tennis advocates promote the benefits of tennis, attract new players and re-engage past players, and help drive greater diversity and inclusion in tennis participation. Together, for tennis.

Tennis in the Community
Learning from a Legend of Community Tennis
Many of us remember our first tennis coaches. For Don Meisel, it would be nearly impossible to forget. As a kid, he took lessons from legendary New Jersey teaching professional Eve Kraft, a pioneer in tennis who helped bring community tennis to life.

New England Social Leagues Continue to Expand
Seven years ago, USTA New England created its Social Tennis League for young professionals as an experiment to play tennis and socialize with friends in a low-pressure environment. Today, the league boasts more than 1,400 players in three states and has introduced site coordinators to oversee recreational, intermediate, and advanced leagues.

USTA Foundation Looks to 'Rally for the Future'
Looking to get more involved in helping to grow this sport and its young participants? Check out the opportunities the USTA Foundation offers, including its key “Rally for the Future” campaign, support for NJTLs, scholarships, and much more.

USTA New England Seeks to 'Kickstart Kindness'
January is Sportsmanship Month in USTA New England. Throughout the month, the section will be “Kickstarting Kindness” by highlighting good sportsmanship online and on social media, and will be seeking nominations for “Kickstart Kindness Heroes.” 

Tennis in the News
Iowa Veterans Attend ThanksUSA Pro-Am
in Orlando
Two Iowa veterans recently had a one-of-a-kind experience at the USTA National Campus in Orlando when they attended the inaugural ThanksUSA Charity Tennis Pro-Am, which was held to help raise money for scholarships for military spouses and children.
Discovering a Vintage Tennis Museum in North Georgia
Mel Locklear is more than happy to share his bounty of more than 1,000 wooden tennis racquets, 500 wooden racquet presses (remember those?) and dozens of photos, ball cans and other memorabilia—all part of his Vintage Tennis Museum in the small town of Blue Ridge in northern Georgia.
American Junior Named ITF Wheelchair Player of the Year
American junior wheelchair tennis player Angelina “Gaila” Fosbinder has been honored by the International Tennis Federation as its female Wheelchair Tennis Junior of the Year. The 18-year-old, born in Ukraine but adopted and raised in Charlotte, N.C., made her debut for the U.S. junior national team last summer at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Sardinia.
Tennis Industry Events
PTR Symposium Set for Feb. 8-10 on Hilton Head
Join the PTR for the 2022 International Tennis Symposium, Feb. 8-10 on Hilton Head Island, S.C., with education, networking, and idea-sharing, including on-court and classroom presentations, awards banquet, trade show, and more.
ASBA Winter Meeting Feb. 11-13 in Sonoma, Calif.
This year’s ASBA Winter Meeting is a great opportunity for those involved in sports construction to have direct interaction with owners and senior executives, and to help provide input and influence into industry position papers, presentations, and more. The meeting is Feb. 11-13 at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa.
Tennis Media
Keep Up on Tennis Channel Programming
Can’t get enough tennis? With live events, taped classics, and signature programming, check out what’s on Tennis Channel this week.