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February 16, 2021
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Tennis Research
U.S. Tennis Participation Surges in 2020
Tennis participation increased by 22 percent in 2020, with 21.64 million Americans hitting the courts. The 2.96 million new players was a 44 percent increase over new players in 2019, while the 3.82 million Americans who returned to the sport was a 40 percent increase.
Tennis and Black History Month
Blazing a Trail for Today’s Stars
With her historic victory at the Avon Championships of Detroit 40 years ago, Leslie Allen became the first Black woman to win a major tournament since Althea Gibson in 1958. Allen's college tennis career at USC set the stage for her professional success.
If You Can See It,
You Can Be It
Kalamazoo Head Men’s Tennis Coach Mark Riley knows college tennis inside and out. A standout for the Hornets as a student athlete in the 1980s, he’s since made several head coaching stops before returning to coach at his alma mater, mentoring and inspiring his players.
Virtual Lectures from the Hall of Fame
The International Tennis Hall of Fame will host two virtual lectures celebrating Black History Month. On Feb. 17, the Hall of Fame will present “The History of Black Tennis in Rhode Island,” and on Feb. 24, “Althea Gibson and the History of Tennis at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.” Both are free but a $10 donation is suggested.
Tennis Industry Events
PTR Symposium Sessions Available Online
Sessions from the PTR International Tennis Symposium, held virtually last week, are now available online. Tennis providers need to register by Feb. 21 to access 35 hours of content from the PTR Symposium (and the PPR Conference), from more than 70 world-class presenters.
USPTA Division
Conferences Scheduled
Over the coming months, USPTA divisions around the country will be holding their division conferences—some virtual, some later in the year still slated to be in person. Check out the schedule for your area.
Tennis in the News
The Importance of Making a Difference
Former USTA President Katrina Adams, who for 12 years was one of the top doubles’ talents on the WTA Tour and has enjoyed successful careers as both a coach and TV commentator, reflects on her on- and off-court experiences in the sport, and pays homage to those who have helped her navigate her journey.
ATA Webinar Series Addresses COVID Vaccines
The American Tennis Association will host a webinar on COVID-19 vaccines this Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. ET. Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, CEO of Trinity Health of New England, will discuss the vaccines and answer questions.
In Memoriam:
Former USTA President Bumpy Frazer
Longtime USTA volunteer J. Howard “Bumpy” Frazer, who served as USTA President from 1993 to 1994, died in late January at the age of 96. During his tenure, he helped steer the association through an important time of evolution and change.
Tennis and COVID Relief
New Law Extends
Tax Credit for Employers
The IRS is urging employers to take advantage of a newly-extended employee retention credit, designed to make it easier for businesses that, despite challenges posed by COVID-19, choose to keep their employees on the payroll.
Tennis Careers
Climbing the Ladder
to Success in Tennis
Looking for a job in tennis? Or are you an employer looking to hire? Check out Careers in Tennis, where you can search for jobs for free or post job or internship openings.
Tennis on TV
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.