Training Centers in Manchester, Mass., Philadelphia and Tulsa, Okla.,
to Remain USTA Regional Training Centers Through 2016
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – The USTA today announced that three USTA Certified Regional Training Centers have signed new, three-year agreements to continue their partnerships with USTA Player Development in the mission to help identify and develop world-class American players.
Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in Philadelphia, Pa., Manchester Athletic Club in Manchester, Mass., and Tucker Tennis Academy in Tulsa, Okla., will remain USTA Certified Regional Training Centers (RTCs) through 2016. This year, there are 12 RTCs nationwide in 10 Sections.
As USTA Certified RTCs, these programs will continue to enhance the training and development of junior players in their respective areas of the country. USTA Player Development will work together with these training centers and their coaches toward developing the next generation of world-class Americans.
“Continuing to work collaboratively with Regional Training Centers is incredibly important,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe. “These are three of the most prominent junior development programs in the country, and we are very happy to have their partnership for three more years.”
In addition to continuing their existing programs, the RTCs will host USTA Player Development camps for players ages 10-13 in their respective regions. These players will be selected in conjunction with the USTA National coaching staff and their respective USTA Section Player Development Manager and Coaching Commission. The Centers will also run 10 and Under Tennis programs and host 10 and Under Tennis tournaments.
The camps will be staffed by coaches at the RTCs and sectional coaches from throughout their respective USTA sections with additional assistance from the USTA National coaching staff. USTA Certified Regional Training Center coaches will also participate in the USTA Coaching Education program by working with the top coaches in their respective region and/or USTA section. Additionally, the RTC coaches will attend training sessions at USTA National Training Centers in Boca Raton, Fla., Carson, Calif., and Flushing, N.Y.
The RTCs expand the USTA Player Development program’s collaboration throughout the country by partnering with academies, clubs, tennis centers and coaches that have a proven record of identifying and developing tennis players. Since December 2008, the USTA has named USTA Certified Regional Training Centers in 13 of the 15 USTA Sections in the continental U.S., and will host camps in all 17 Sections in 2014. Regional Training Centers are an important component of “TEAM USA,” creating a culture of inclusiveness where personal coaches, USTA Sections and USTA Player Development work together to be part of a national movement to create the next wave of world-class American players.
The mission of USTA Player Development is to use a systematic approach to produce top professional players on a sustainable basis by partnering with the American tennis family. The Player Development program is based at the USTA Training Center – Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and also utilizes the USTA Training Center – West in Carson, Calif., and the USTA Training Center – East in Flushing, N.Y., as well as the network of RTCs throughout the country. USTA Player Development encompasses several areas of oversight including coaching education, player identification and development, sport science, strength and conditioning and player services.
Legacy Youth Tennis and Education is located in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood. Its mission is to prepare young people, especially those from under-resourced families, for success through tennis, education, life skills and leadership development programming. Legacy offers training at six different competitive levels at its indoor-outdoor facility. Jon Glover and Justin O’Neal – former teammates at the University of Florida – are Legacy’s Co-Directors of Player Development.
Manchester Athletic Club, in Manchester, Mass., is approximately 30 minutes northeast of Boston and is the home of World TeamTennis’ Boston Lobsters. It is the only USTA Certified Regional Training Center in New England, and its Tennis Academy program was designed personally by renowned coach Nick Bollettieri. Francisco Montoya is the MAC Tennis Academy director, and one of MAC’s students, Grace Joyce, recently advanced to the quarterfinals of the prestigious Les Petits As 14-and-under tournament in Tarbes, France.
Tucker Tennis Academy is based out of The Grand Health & Racquet Club in Tulsa, Okla., focusing on technique, footwork, mental discipline, attitude and physical conditioning. Trent Tucker, a former touring professional, is the Academy’s director. One of Tucker’s trainees, 16-year old Olivia Hauger, recently advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open Junior Championship.