November - Issue 149
Your monthly news & updates
PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE
As we approach the end of the year, I would like to review some of the bright spots for Kentucky tennis in the year of the pandemic. (Louisville Drop Shots team pictured) Read More

At your service,
Mike Eden
USTA SOUTHERN AWARDED SECTION OF THE YEAR
USTA Southern received the Racquet Sports Industry magazine’s 2020 USTA Section of the Year. Michael Dowse, CEO and Executive Director of USTA was named Person of the Year.
USTA KENTUCKY PROPOSED BOARD OF DIRECTORS SLATE
Announcing the proposed slate of USTA Kentucky 2021 Board of Directors. This will be voted on at the Virtual Annual Meeting in January. Read More
WHY DO YOU LOVE TENNIS?
Tell us what you have loved most about tennis during this difficult time of COVID 19. We'd love to hear from you and put some positive words back out to our tennis community!
TENNIS EXPERIENCES BOOM DURING COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Great article in Forbes Magazine about the growth in tennis equipment sales and the increasing number of new tennis players!
DO YOU LOVE TENNIS?
If you love tennis and would be interested in sharing your love of the game - we need you! We are currently looking for tennis instructors. You don't need to be a professional just a tennis lover to teach the very basics! Please complete this BRIEF FORM and we will connect you with those eager to learn!
2021 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR HAS BEEN RELEASED
Mark your calendars for this year's Adult League Championships!
CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to USTA Kentucky Board President Michael Eden for being awarded the Outstanding Clinician Award! This award is special to Mike as it is voted on by his peers. Mike is a family physician at the Lexington Clinic.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION GRANT
As we wrap up 2020, there is some good news looking to 2021! The USTA Southern Diversity and Inclusion grant will be available again in 2021. The first deadline JANUARY 31st and second May 31st. (amounts usually range from $250 to $1000) to initiate or expand tennis programming at the local level. Contact Cee Jai Jones 770-368-8200 for additional information.
INJURY PREVENTION TIPS
We all love playing tennis and we all hate missing court time over an injury. Many of the warm-up exercises we’ve seen pros do have roots in yoga. Click Here for the Fire Log Pose instructions. 
UPCOMING JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS
Find all links to sanctioned junior tournaments in Kentucky HERE
 
Springhurst New Years Classic (Southern Level 3, 10U Green)
December 30th-January 1st, Louisville
Tournament Director: Chris Mather
Registration Deadline: December 26th REGISTER HERE
GOLD LEVEL CTA
Nine CTA's have achieved Gold Level Status. Our December featured CTA is the Mountain Tennis Circuit serving South Eastern Kentucky! Check out their WEBSITE, like them on FACEBOOK.
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PLAY IT FORWARD GRANT
Over $1.2 million has been made available for programs and tournaments focused on innovative ideas & growth based programming. READ MORE or email Stacey Croley.
BUILD IT FORWARD GRANT
USTA Southern has opened registration for grant applications for the Build It Forward initiative. $500K has been made available to build or reconstruct tennis courts. There is no deadline, as funds will be available until exhausted. 
READ MORE or email John Callen.   
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