February 27, 2017

USTA to Host Inaugural All-American College Combine Collegiate Scouting Event for American Juniors

USTA TO HOST INAUGURAL USTA ALL-AMERICAN COLLEGE COMBINE

COLLEGIATE SCOUTING EVENT FOR AMERICAN JUNIORS

 

USTA All-American College Combine and USTA/ITA Collegiate Coaches Workshop

Set for June 14-16 at USTA National Campus in Orlando

 

From the USTA: ORLANDO, Fla., February 20 2017 – The USTA today announced that USTA Player Development will host the inaugural USTA All-American College Combine – the first-ever national collegiate scouting event for American juniors – and USTA/ITA Collegiate Coaches Workshop June 14-16 at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando.

 

The USTA All-American College Combine is designed to give American juniors exposure, knowledge, and data to help their recruitment by college tennis programs around the country. Participants will engage in a number of on- and off-court evaluations over the three days, including tournament match play in front of college tennis coaches. The tournament will be considered a Tennis Recruiting “National Showcase,” so results will count toward each player’s Universal Tennis Rating, and the tournament winners will receive a main draw wild card into a USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 event.

 

Led by USTA Player Development staff and Dr. Mark Kovacs, all data will be collected and a report will be created for each participant. Players from the Team USA National Junior Team will participate in the event.

 

The USTA National Campus will also host a combined USTA/ITA College Coaches Workshop simultaneously with the USTA All-American College Combine, with more than 100 collegiate coaches from NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College programs expected to attend. The workshop will offer a variety of coaching education and professional development sessions.

 

“Supporting American juniors and their parents in their quests for college scholarships is a priority for us,” said USTA Collegiate Tennis Director Stephen Amritraj. “The USTA All-American College Combine is a way to provide college coaches a convenient opportunity to evaluate American juniors and hopefully increase the number of Americans on college teams throughout the country.”

 

“Not only is college tennis a viable part of the professional tennis pathway, the majority of the tennis community’s leaders have experienced college tennis,” said Martin Blackman, General Manager, USTA Player Development. “College tennis is an integral part of our tennis ecosystem. It pulls junior players up, it pushes pros out and it cultivates business leaders with an affinity for our great sport. We recognize that college tennis coaches are recruiting in a global market, but as the National Federation we need to create as many developmental opportunities as possible for junior players who aspire to play varsity college tennis.”

 

2017 USTA All-American College Combine

USTA National Campus, Orlando, Fla.

June 14-16, 2017

 

The USTA All-American College Combine is the latest initiative through which the USTA aims to help American juniors maximize their exposure as they work to earn college scholarships. The USTA also provides exclusive opportunities for American collegians to earn pro wild cards through collegiate competition, compete on the USTA Collegiate National Team, achieve grants for playing in professional tournaments and enroll in Professional Tennis Management programs at select colleges.

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United States Host Germany in Fed Cup First Round in Maui

Team USA, (Left to right) CoCo Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers, Captain Kathy Rinaldi at the 2017 Fed Cup tie between the United States and Germany in Maui, HI on February 7.

 

 

(February 10, 2017) The United States takes on Germany in the first round of World Group this weekend in Maui. Day one’s schedule includes two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Sunday’s schedule features two “reverse singles” matches, where the No. 1 players square off and then the No. 2 players meet, followed by the doubles match.

 

The Royal Lahaina Resort hosts the tie which will lead off with world No. 40 Alison Riske taking on world No. 51 Andrea Petkovic.

 

Riske is playing in her first Fed Cup tie since 2015 and is competing in her second Fed Cup singles match, holding an 0-1 record. Riske peaked at a career-high No. 38 in the world this January after a strong start to 2017, highlighted by reaching her fifth career WTA singles final in Shenzhen and advancing to the third round of the Australian Open. Petkovic is competing in her 14th Fed Cup tie and holds a 12-6 Fed Cup singles record. She peaked at No. 9 in the world in October 2011 when she reached the quarterfinals of three different Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, and the US Open). She also advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 French Open. Riske and Petkovic have never faced each other in WTA competition.

 

The second match-up on Saturday will feature the United States’ top player Coco Vandeweghe against German Julia Goerges. Vandeweghe and Goerges have met three times on the WTA Tour, with Goerges holding a 2-1 record over Vandeweghe. Goerges won the last two meetings at the 2015 French Open (in three sets) and in Brussels in 2013. Vandeweghe defeated Goerges in Tokyo in 2010. Vandeweghe is ranked a career-high No. 20 in the world after advancing to the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open—her career-best Grand Slam result. In Australia, she upset three seeded players, including then-world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, before falling to Venus Williams in the semifinals. Vandeweghe has played in four Fed Cup ties for the U.S., holding a 1-3 record in singles and a 3-0 record in doubles. Goerges is ranked No. 57 in the world and peaked at a career-high No. 15 in the world in April 2012. She holds two WTA titles and advanced to four additional finals. She is playing in her 14th Fed Cup tie and holds a 4-6 singles record in Fed Cup play.

 

Kathy Rinaldi will be making her debut as Fed Cup Captain in this match-up.Rinaldi was named the 19th U.S. Fed Cup Captain on December 8, succeeding Mary Joe Fernandez after eight years at the post. Rinaldi currently serves as Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women for USTA Player Development, focused on helping American pros achieve Top-100 rankings. She has coached the U.S. to multiple junior international team competition titles and coached the U.S. women in the Pan-American Games in 2015. Rinaldi, 49, was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in singles (May 1986) and No. 13 in the world in doubles (February 1993).

 

The winner of this matchup will advance to face either the Czech Republic or Spain in the World Group Semifinals, held April 22-23, for a chance to compete for the 2017 Fed Cup title. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoffs in April to remain in the World Group.

 

Order of Play

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. HST      

Singles A: Alison Riske (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Singles B: Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)

 

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. HST  

Singles C: Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Singles D: Alison Riske (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)

Doubles:Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Laura Siegemund/Carina Witthoeft (GER)

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Isner, Sock, Johnson and Querrey Named to U.S. Davis Cup Team

 

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 24, 2017 – The USTA and United States Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier today announced that world No. 19 John Isner, No. 20 Jack Sock, No. 30 Steve Johnson and No. 32 Sam Querrey will represent the U.S. in the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round against Switzerland. The best-of-five match series will be played on an indoor hard court at the Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Feb. 3-5, in Birmingham, Ala.

 

Swiss Davis Cup Captain Severin Luthi nominated No. 128 Marco Chiudinelli, No. 133 Henri Laaksonen, No. 488 Adrien Bossel and No. 612 Antione Bellier to his team.

 

Play begins on Friday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. CT with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule begins at 2 p.m. CT and features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday starts at 11 a.m. CT and features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players. All matches are best-of-five tiebreak sets; the first country to win three matches wins the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

 

Tickets are available in the upper and lower bowls and may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/daviscup or by calling 888-484-USTA (8782). Prices for single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday range from $25 to $175 per day. The USTA has partnered with Bruno Events Team and The City of Birmingham to bring this event to Birmingham.

 

The U.S. holds a 3-1 record over Switzerland in Davis Cup, last meeting in the 2012 World Group First Round in Fribourg, Switzerland. The U.S. swept that tie, 5-0, with Isner upsetting Roger Federer and Mardy Fish beating Stan Wawrinka before Bob and Mike Bryan secured the win for the U.S. The U.S. hosted Switzerland in Birmingham in 2009 in the World Group First Round at the BJCC. In that tie, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Switzerland, 4-1. The U.S. also squared off against the Swiss in 1992 and 2001, with Switzerland’s only win coming in 2001.

 

The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Quarterfinals, April 7-9, and will play either the Czech Republic or Australia. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoff, Sept. 15-17, for the right to remain in the World Group in 2018.

 

In addition, the USTA announced yesterday a long-term and wide-ranging agreement with Deloitte, one of the world’s leading professional services organization. As part of the agreement, Deloitte will sponsor both the U.S. Davis Cup and U.S. Fed Cup teams. As a sponsor of Davis Cup and Fed Cup, Deloitte’s logo will be featured on U.S. team warm-up jackets; Deloitte will also support U.S. Team Events in markets where the competitions are being held.

 

Isner, 31, is ranked No. 19 in the current world rankings and will be competing in his 13th Davis Cup tie; he is 11-10 in singles and 2-0 in doubles. His last Davis Cup appearance came last year in the quarterfinal in Beaverton, Ore., where Isner went 1-1 in singles play. His biggest Davis Cup victory came in 2012, when he defeated Federer in the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first-round win at Switzerland. The tallest player in U.S. Davis Cup history at 6-foot-10, Isner made his Davis Cup debut in the 2010 World Group First Round in Serbia, where he became the first U.S. player since 2003 to compete in three live rubbers in the same tie. He also represented the U.S. in the 2012 London Olympics, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Federer. Isner turned pro after an outstanding four-year career at the University of Georgia, leading the Bulldogs to the 2007 NCAA team title as a senior. He holds 10 career tour singles titles, the last of which came in Atlanta in 2015. In 2016, Isner reached the final in Atlanta and at the Masters 1000 event in Paris and reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and French Open.

 

Sock, 24, is ranked a career-high No. 20 in the world after taking the title in Auckland earlier this month for his second career ATP title. He made his Davis Cup debut in September 2015 in the World Group Playoff in Uzbekistan, where he won both of his singles matches. Sock also competed in both Davis Cup ties for the U.S. in 2016, in Australia and Portland, Ore.; he now holds a 3-2 singles record in Davis Cup competition. Sock won his first ATP singles title in 2015 in Houston, and he has also reached four additional ATP finals (Stockholm, Houston and Auckland in 2016; Stockholm in 2015). Sock has also thrived in doubles, winning the 2014 Wimbledon doubles title with Vasek Pospisil and capturing the gold medal in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. In 2011, Sock won the US Open mixed doubles title with fellow American Melanie Oudin. Sock peaked at a career-high No. 6 in the individual doubles rankings in May 2015.

 

Johnson, 27, is ranked No. 30 in the world. He is playing in his second Davis Cup tie after making his debut in September 2015 in the World Group Playoff in Uzbekistan; there, he won his doubles match with Querrey after the duo advanced to the US Open doubles semifinals together, but lost his singles match in five sets to Denis Istomin. Johnson started 2017 strong by reaching the semifinals in Auckland, losing to Sock. In 2016, he won his first career ATP singles title in Birmingham, Great Britain. Also in 2016, he advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time, the semifinals of the Citi Open in Washington D.C., and captured the bronze medal in men’s doubles at the Rio Olympics with Sock. Johnson, who peaked at No. 21 in the world in July 2016, turned pro in 2012 after completing an outstanding college tennis career at USC, winning the 2011 and 2012 NCAA singles championships and leading the Trojans to team titles all four years he played for the school. Following the end of his collegiate career, he reached the third round of the 2012 US Open, becoming the first reigning NCAA champion to advance to the third round of the men’s singles since 1995.

 

Querrey, 29, is ranked No. 32. He is competing in his first Davis Cup tie since September 2015 and his 10th tie overall. He made his Davis Cup debut in 2008, where he faced Rafael Nadal in his first-ever match. Querrey holds a 6-8 record in Davis Cup singles play and is 1-0 in doubles. Querrey also competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2016, Querrey advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, upsetting Novak Djokovic in the third round and becoming the first American to beat the No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam since 2002. Also last year, Querrey won his eighth ATP title in Delray Beach and reached three additional ATP semifinals. In addition, he holds five ATP doubles titles, including two with Isner (Memphis in 2010 and Rome in 2011) and one with Johnson (Geneva in 2016). Querrey peaked at No. 17 in the world in January 2011.

 

Additionally, Courier announced that college standout Ryan Shane will be the practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team. Shane, 22, graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 after a stellar collegiate career. In his junior season, he won the NCAA singles title and ended that season as the No. 2-ranked collegiate player in the country. Shane was also a part of three NCAA championship teams with Virginia, winning the team title in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He earned All-America honors during his junior and senior years, finishing his collegiate career with a 103-36 record in singles play. He holds two USTA Pro Circuit singles titles and one doubles title.

 

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis and is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with approximately 135 nations competing each year. The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The U.S. holds a 216-70 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989. For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com. Follow the U.S. Davis Cup team on Facebook @USTA, on Twitter @USTA, and on Instagram @USTennis. Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team. Deloitte is the official team sponsor of the U.S. Davis Cup Team for the first time in 2017.

 

 

 

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USTA To Debut College Tennis Top 25 Rankings

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 24, 2017 – The USTA today announced that it will debut the inaugural USTA College Tennis Top 25 team rankings on February 8, its latest initiative to promote the college game. The weekly rankings will rate the Top 25 men’s and women’s teams in NCAA Division I and will be released each Wednesday on USTA.com.

 

The voters participating in the rankings are Casey Angle (former ITA championships director), Virgil Christian (USTA College Tennis), Granger Huntress (Texas College Tennis), Bobby Knight (College Tennis Today), Dallas Oliver (Tennis Recruiting Network), Erica Perkins Jasper (Intercollegiate Tennis Association), Mike Patrick (former University of Tennessee women’s coach), Lisa Stone (Parenting Aces) and Bruce Walchuk (Universal Tennis Rating).

 

The debut of the rankings is the latest in a number of ways the USTA is elevating its support and promotion of college tennis. The 2017 College MatchDay series – nine team matches streamed live on ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app – kicked off on Saturday at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando. USTA Player Development also began offering guaranteed wild card entries into USTA Pro Circuit events for Americans who win or reach the final at several major collegiate singles tournaments this season.

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USTA and Deloitte Announce Long-Term Agreement Including Sponsorship of U.S. Fed and Davis Cup Teams

USTA AND DELOITTE ANNOUNCE WIDE-RANGING RELATIONSHIP

 

New Relationship Includes Sponsorship of the U.S. Fed and Davis Cup Teams,

The US Open and the US Open Wheelchair Competition

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 23, 2017 – The USTA today announced a long-term and wide-ranging agreement with Deloitte, the world’s leading professional services organization.  As part of the agreement, Deloitte will sponsor both the U.S. Davis Cup and U.S. Fed Cup teams, as well as become an official sponsor of the US Open and the first-ever sponsor of the US Open Wheelchair Competition.

 

As a sponsor of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, Deloitte’s logo will be featured on U.S. team warm-up jackets; Deloitte will also support US Team Events in markets where the competitions are being held.  The U.S. Davis Cup team begins its 2017 Davis Cup campaign on February 3 in Birmingham, AL against Switzerland.  The U.S. Fed Cup team begins its 2017 campaign against Germany in Maui, HI on February 11.

 

At the US Open, Deloitte will become the first-ever sponsor of the US Open Wheelchair Competition.  The wheelchair competition is held annually, except in Paralympic years. This sponsorship is an extension of Deloitte’s commitment to Paralympic sports.

 

“We couldn’t be more pleased that our initial relationship with Deloitte has now expanded to this broader support of USTA properties and the sport of tennis,” said Gordon Smith, USTA Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director.  “They have a world-class team and by collaborating to support world-class tennis events, Deloitte will help the USTA realize its mission of growing the sport of tennis in the U.S.”

 

“We share the USTA’s vision to promote and expand the game of tennis,” said Cathy Engelbert, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte LLP. “I have been playing the game since I was 6 years old with my dad and five brothers, so I know firsthand how it teaches life lessons: integrity, dedication and competitiveness. It is also a lifelong sport that is important to the mental and physical well-being of so many people of different ages and backgrounds. We are proud to support the USTA with our innovative thinking and creativity. We’re excited to do our part in helping make sure that the next generation of leaders continues to benefit from the enjoyment and lessons of the game.”

 

Deloitte also is working with the USTA to revamp the Association’s core enterprise digital technology and build the USTA’s grassroots digital capabilities. A main initiative is the development of a suite of products to help the USTA deepen its connection to tennis players. This suite of tools will encourage more people, especially youth, to pick up the game of tennis. In addition to its professional services work with the USTA, Deloitte will support USTA initiatives and assets, including programs that celebrate community impact and promote inclusion, empowered well-being and innovation in and beyond the tennis community.

 

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Miomir Kecmanovic Wins Historic Second-Consecutive Orange Bowl Boys’ 18s Singles Title

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Miomir Kecmanovic poses with the Orange Bowl trophy (Rob Foldy / USTA)

Plantation, Fla. – If 17-year old Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic makes history on the pro tour like he has on the junior circuit, it will be hard to avoid comparing him to his 12-time Grand Slam champion countryman.

Kecmanovic won the Metropolia Orange Bowl Boys’ 18s singles title for the second consecutive year on Sunday, beating China’s Yibing Wu, 6-3, 6-1, on green clay at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.

Kecmanovic, who will finish the year as the world’s No. 1-ranked junior, is the third player in the Orange Bowl’s 70-year history to win consecutive Boys’ 18s singles titles, joining Billy Martin (1973-74) and Harold Solomon (1969-70).

Kecmanovic also joins Dominic Thiem (2011) and Andy Roddick (1999) as the only players to win the Boys’ 18s singles titles at both the Eddie Herr in Bradenton, Fla., and Orange Bowl in the same year, dating back to 1993 (the tournaments are played in consecutive weeks).

Each of those are achievements Novak Djokovic, never mind most other tennis players, never accomplished as a junior. Even so, Kecmanovic – who stays in touch and occasionally practices with Djokovic – knows he has plenty of work ahead of him as he transitions to a full-time pro career.

“It’s a great accomplishment. I’m very happy about it. I really didn’t put too much pressure into it, because I knew I would finish No. 1 no matter what I did here. I just went and I just played for myself and enjoyed every match,” said Kecmanovic, who moved to Bradenton in 2013 to train at the IMG Academy, where he is now coached by Marko Jovanovic.

“Obviously, this is very good to do here now, but it’s a lot more important to do after (in the pros),” he said. “I think next year the transition is going to be key for me, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Kaja Juvan reacts after match point in the Girls’ 18s singles final (Rob Foldy / USTA)

 

Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan certainly looked impressive enough to turn pro on Sunday. The 16-year old Juvan, seeded ninth this week, used a deft and diverse arsenal of groundstrokes and drop shots to stifle top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Russian Anastasia Potapova in a 6-1, 6-4 victory to win the Girls’ 18s title.

Consider this a victory that began in May for Juvan. That’s when she beat Potapova in their first meeting, at the Trofeo Bonfiglio junior event in Milan, before Potapova went on to win the Wimbledon girls’ singles title.

“More than anything else, I think I learned that it’s actually possible for me to beat some of the best players, because before that I didn’t kind of trust myself that I would be able to play with the best. That tournament gave me such a confidence boost, and that I can play with the best players, that I can beat them, I just shouldn’t be afraid of them,” Juvan said.

“I just told myself (today) that I have to just be focused on my game and play as diverse as I

can, because I know that that doesn’t suit her,” she said. “That’s what helped me. Also the wind a little bit. I took great advantage of it.”

Potapova agreed with that analysis, but took the loss in stride. The 15-year old Russian will still be the year-end No. 1-ranked junior in the world, and now plans to put junior tennis behind her.

“She likes to play against me, because it’s so comfortable to her. I chose the wrong style of tennis today. Next time, maybe,” Potapova said. “In the final, she did really well and she played her best tennis. All I can say is congrats to her and good job.”

Potapova did leave Plantation with a title, as she and Serbian Olga Danilovic beat Juvan and Croatian Lea Boskovic, 6-2, 3-6 [10-8], after a five-hour rain delay.

In an all-Japanese Boys 18s doubles final, fourth-seeded Toru Horie and Yuta Shimizu downed unseeded Shinji Hazawa and Naoki Tajima, 6-2, 6-1.

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Kathy Rinaldi Named US Fed Cup Captain

From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., December 8, 2016 – The USTA announced that Kathy Rinaldi has been named U.S. Fed Cup Captain. This announcement coincides with an expansion of the captain’s role. In this redefined position, the U.S. Fed Cup Captain will more closely work with Team USA players throughout the WTA Tour year, as well as support players in the offseason. Rinaldi will also work hand-in-hand with all departments of the USTA, including Player Development, to achieve maximum results. Mary Joe Fernandez previously held the position of U.S. Fed Cup Captain, stepping down in October, after 8 years at the post.

“Kathy brings a rare combination of skills to the Fed Cup captaincy. She was a top-ten player when competing on the WTA Tour and now is a top-flight coach with impeccable credentials. Kathy already commands the respect and confidence of the U.S. players. This coupled with her leadership experience, and winning mentality makes her the ideal individual to ensure that the team is best composed, and best prepared, to compete with whatever opponent is across the net,” said Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “Just as importantly, Kathy understands the significance of working with our Community Tennis group to promote the game at the youth level – which will only help to recruit and develop the next generation of Fed Cup and Davis Cup players for the United States.”

Rinaldi, 49, was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in singles (May 1986) and No. 13 in the world in doubles (February 1993). In 1981, she became the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon (14 years, 91 days), a record that stood until 1990. She also reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 1981, at age 14, and again in 1987. Rinaldi advanced to the singles semifinals of Wimbledon in 1985 and reached the doubles semifinals of the 1985 US Open, the 1987 French Open, and the Australian Open in 1991 and 1993. She won three WTA singles titles and two doubles titles in her career. She received the WTA Newcomer of the Year honor in her rookie season in 1981 at age 14, as well as a WTA Comeback Player of the Year award in 1989 after suffering an injury in 1987. Rinaldi also competed for the U.S. vs. Great Britain in the Wightman Cup competition, winning in 1983, ’85-86.

As a coach, Rinaldi currently serves as Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women for USTA Player Development, focused on helping American pros achieve Top-100 rankings. She has coached the U.S. to multiple junior international team competition titles, including the 16-and-under Junior Fed Cup (2012, 2014) and the 14-and-under World Junior Tennis (2009-10), and coached the U.S. women in the Pan-American Games in 2015. Rinaldi has also coached a multitude of American junior and pro women on either a primary or supplemental basis, and was named the U.S. Olympic Committee’s National Coach of the Year for tennis in 2011.

“The change in the role of the Fed Cup Captain is part of the USTA’s attempt to align all of our divisions for the greatest benefit of American tennis,” said Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. “In Kathy, we have someone that understands the importance of this, as well as someone uniquely qualified and equipped to work with players throughout the year, benefitting the overall development of American professionals, while at the same time raising the level of the U.S. Fed Cup team.”

“This is an unbelievable opportunity, and I am incredibly excited and honored to take on the position of U.S. Fed Cup Captain. I believe that my experiences as both a player and a coach have given me insight that will help me to succeed in this role and can assist in getting the U.S. Fed Cup team to the next level.” said Kathy Rinaldi, Fed Cup Captain and Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women. “I look forward to working closely with the players throughout the year as we move forward in our goal of bringing the Fed Cup back to the United States.”

 

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Argentina Rallies to Win First Davis Cup Title

 

 

(November 27, 2016) Argentina rallied from a 1-2 deficit going into the final day to beat Croatia 3-2 to win their first Davis Cup title on Sunday in Zagreb.

In reverse singles, world No. 38 Juan Martin del Potro came back from two sets down for the very first time in his career to beat No. 6 Marin Cilic 6-7 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 in four-hours and fifty-three minutes to level the tie in the opening match at 2-2.

Frederico Delbonis clinched the title for Argentina with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 two-hour and nine-minute win over No. 20 Ivo Karlovic in Arena Zagreb.

This was the fifth Davis final in which Argentina participated. They lost in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Croatia was trying to win their second title. They were victorious in 2005.

Argentina is only the third team since the World Group began in 1981, to come back from a 1-2 deficit to win the title.

The southpaw, No. 41 Delbonis said “This is fabulous.” “We somewhat felt we could do it despite trailing after the doubles.”

“We played with our heart and tried to do the best.”

 

 

“I was calm, I hoped all the time that I could win and I did it,” said Del Potro to media.  The 2009 US Open champion injured his pinky in the fifth set. “I’m very happy to hand my team a chance of a victory.”

“It is very difficult to lose such an important match,” Cilic said of the almost five-hour match. “I feel a lot of disappointment.”

“After losing the third set, I was still confident I could win as he looked tired,” Cilic said. “I started pushing a bit too hard, handing him a chance for a comeback.”

 

“We did what we had to do,” said Argentina’s Davis cup coach Daniel Orsanic. “We could have lost, but the guys were amazing today. Juan Martin won an incredible match and Federico played the best match of his life. I dreamed for this so many times.”

DAVIS CUP
2016 World Group Final
CROATIA 1, ARGENTINA 1
Venue: Arena Zagreb, Croatia

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) d. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-5
Ivan Dodig / Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Leonardo Mayer / Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-3
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) d. Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-7 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3
Federico Delbonis (ARG) d. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

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Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala., to host USA vs Switzerland Davis Cup Tie in February

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USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 17, 2016 – The USTA announced that the Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in Birmingham, Ala., has been selected as the site for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round between the United States and Switzerland, Feb. 3-5. Davis Cup will return to Birmingham for the first time since 2009, when the city also hosted Switzerland in the World Group First Round at the BJCC. In that tie, the U.S. team of Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Switzerland, 4-1. The Swiss team was led by 2016 US Open singles champion Stan Wawrinka.

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis and is the largest annual international team competition in sport with approximately 135 nations competing each year.

The best-of-five match series between the U.S. and Switzerland begins on Friday, Feb. 3, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five tiebreak sets; the first country to win three matches wins the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

“Birmingham was a fantastic host for our players, fans, and staff in 2009 and we are thrilled to be coming back,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President. “Davis Cup is a unique event and we look forward to showcasing high-quality tennis, while also growing the game in this community. We expect fans to fill the stands and to come out once again to cheer on Team USA to victory in our first step to the Davis Cup trophy.”

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. CT. An exclusive pre-sale for USTA members will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Thursday, Dec. 8. From Friday, Dec. 9, through Thursday, Jan. 5, only three-day ticket packages will be sold at prices ranging from $90 to $500 ($30 to $166 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value. Beginning on Friday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. CT and pending availability, fans will then have access to only single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with prices ranging from $40 to $175 per day. Fans are encouraged to purchase three-day ticket packages to take advantage of the best prices and to ensure availability.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/daviscup or by calling 888-484-USTA (8782).

The USTA has partnered with Bruno Events Team and The City of Birmingham to bring this event to Birmingham.

“Showcasing such a high-caliber tennis event right here in Birmingham is extremely exciting for our city,” stated Gene Hallman, CEO of Bruno Event Team and Executive Director of the Alabama Sports Council. “This event will reinforce Birmingham’s reputation as being a superior host to a wide variety of sporting events and we couldn’t be more excited to once again bring world-class tennis to Birmingham.”

“It’s an honor for the City of Birmingham to be selected to host the 2017 Davis Cup First Round tie with the USA versus Switzerland,” stated City of Birmingham Mayor William Bell. “The city has been working hard to bring this event back to Birmingham for quite some time and everything has finally come together. We look forward to hosting both teams and expect fans to come out and support the event.”

The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Quarterfinal, April 7-9, and will play either the Czech Republic or Australia. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoff, Sept. 15-17, for the right to remain in the World Group in 2018.

U.S. Davis Cup Team Captain Jim Courier will select the four players to represent the United States no later than ten days prior to the event. The U.S. team is expected to be led by Top 25 players Jack Sock and John Isner.

The U.S. holds a 3-1 record over the Switzerland in Davis Cup. The U.S. last faced Switzerland in the 2012 World Group First Round in Fribourg, Switzerland. The U.S. swept that tie, 5-0, with Isner upsetting Roger Federer and Mardy Fish beating Wawrinka before the Bryan brothers secured the win for the U.S. In addition to facing Switzerland in Birmingham in 2009, the U.S. also squared off against the Swiss in 1992 and 2001, with Switzerland’s only win coming in 2001.

The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation.

Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group First Round.

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USTA Elects Katrina Adams To a Second Term as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President

Katrina Adams

Katrina Adams

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 16, 2016 – The USTA announced the election of Katrina M. Adams as USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President to serve a second two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2017. This marks the first time in the association’s 135 year history that an individual will serve a second two-year term as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. 

2017-18 USTA Board of Directors

Katrina M. Adams has served on the USTA Board of Directors for 12 years and will now serve a second consecutive two-year term as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. Adams was the first African-American and first former professional tennis player to serve as the association’s Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. Previously, she served a two-year term as First Vice President of the USTA (2012-13), one term as Vice President (2011-12) and three consecutive two-year terms as a Director at Large (2005-10). 

In the current term, Adams serves on the USTA’s Budget Committee, International Committee, Executive Committee and Compensation Committee. She also serves on the board of directors of the USTA Foundation and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Adams also is a member of the Grand Slam Board and she serves as Vice President of the ITF and is the Chairman of the ITF Fed Committee.

Prior to assuming her current role, Adams was the board liaison to the Professional Tennis Council, the USTA’s 17 sections and the USTA Foundation and USPTA. In addition, she served on the USTA Player Development Committee, the USTA Grievance Committee and the ITF Rules of Tennis Committee, and was a member of the ITF Davis Cup Committee from 2013 to 2015.

Adams played for 12 years on the WTA tour and was ranked as high as No. 67 in singles and No. 8 in doubles. She captured 20 career doubles titles. While a player, Adams served on the board of directors of the WTA as a player representative for four one-year terms and on the WTA’s Players Association for five two-year terms. 

A Chicago native, Adams attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate, majoring in communications, and helped the Wildcats to a Big Ten championship in 1986. She was an NCAA All-American in 1986 and 1987, and in 1987 became the first African-American NCAA doubles champion.

Among her many accolades, Adams was honored with the WTA’s Player Service Award in 1989, 1996 and 1997, and she received the WTA Althea Gibson Award in 2003. In addition, she was inducted into the Northwestern Hall of Fame in 1998, the USTA Midwest Section Hall of Fame in 2005, the Chicago District Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008, the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012, the ITA Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014 and the USTA Eastern Section Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015. Also in 2015, she was named one of the “25 Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal and as one of Sports Business Daily’s “Game Changers.”

In addition to her duties with the USTA, Adams is a contributor on CBS Sports Network’s first all-female sports show, “We Need to Talk.” She also serves as a television analyst for Tennis Channel and as a contributor to Tennis magazine and tennis.com, providing instructional articles and videos.

Moreover, since 2005 Adams has served as the Executive Director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, a National Junior Tennis & Learning network (NJTL) chapter based in New York City.

Patrick J. Galbraith of the USTA Pacific Northwest Section will serve as First Vice President of the USTA. Galbraith has 10 years of service on the USTA Board of Directors, including three terms as an Elite Athlete Director at Large, and is currently completing his second two-year term as Secretary-Treasurer. He has served as Chair of the Budget Committee and as Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. A professional tennis player from 1989 until 2000, Galbraith is a two-time winner of the US Open mixed doubles championship. He ended 1993 as part of the No.1-ranked men’s doubles team with partner Grant Connell, and he won the World Doubles Championship in 1995. Galbraith, a member of the 1996 Davis Cup team, finished his career with 36 doubles titles. He is a Certified Financial planner (CFP®) and is currently First Vice President-Wealth Management for UBS Financial Service, Inc.

Joan E. Baker of the USTA Northern Section will serve as Vice President of the USTA; she is currently serving her second consecutive two-year term as Director at Large. Baker has a rich history of USTA organizational knowledge at both the sectional and national levels. She began serving USTA Northern as junior endorser in 1995 and served continually, ultimately serving as President and Section Delegate, 2005-06. Since then she has served on the USTA Nominating Committee, 2007-10, chairing the committee for the 2009-10 term. In her two terms as a USTA Board member, Baker served as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Budget Committee. She is a lifelong tennis player and is passionate about the health benefits of playing the sport. She is a three-time recipient of the prestigious USTA Northern President’s Award and was inducted into the USTA Northern Hall of Fame in 2009. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and was the Founder and President of Advantage Benefits, Inc., an employee benefits company that helped owners maximize benefits to valued employees while containing costs.

Mark D. Ein of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section will serve as Vice President of the USTA; he is currently completing his second consecutive term as a Director at Large. Ein is an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has successfully built a series of growth companies across a diverse set of industries. In 1999, he founded and is currently CEO of an entrepreneurial investment holding company, Venturehouse Group, and has started, acquired or made large investments in several major companies including Kastle Systems (Chairman/Majority Owner), Two Harbors Investment Corporation (Vice-Chairman 2009-15, Co-Founder), Lindblad Expeditions (Chairman) and Capitol Acquisition 1, 2, and 3 (Chairman, CEO, Founder). In addition, he has invested in a wide variety of start-up and growth businesses. In 2007, Ein founded the Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis. Some of the many awards and recognitions he has received for his work include the Key to the City of Washington, D.C., the Jefferson Award for Public Service, EY and NFTE Entrepreneur of the Year, D.C. Chamber of Commerce Business Leader award, induction into the USTA Mid-Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame and a “Washington Kastles Day” proclamation five times in Washington.

Thomas S. Ho of the USTA Texas Section will serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the USTA. Ho, with six years of service on the USTA Board, is currently completing his third term, one as Director at Large and two as Vice President. Ho previously served as a Director at Large Elite Athlete, 2009-10. He also serves on the Budget Committee and the Compensation Committee as well as on the Investment Committee for the 2015-16 term. At 15, Ho was the youngest male to play in the US Open main draw, and he ultimately achieved a career-high ranking of No. 85 in singles and No. 13 in doubles. He earned a B.A. in economics in 2001 from Rice University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, Ho worked in the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs and UBS. Currently, he is a partner with Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm, where he is a member of the Global Industrial, Global Financial Services and Financial Officers practice. Ho is a current member of the Texas Section Management Committee.

Fabrizio Alcobe-Fierro of the USTA Florida Section will serve his second consecutive term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. A lifelong tennis player and parent of competitive junior players, Alcobe-Fierro is Founder and CEO of Novus Partners, a management consulting and investment firm focusing on helping organizations engage and grow within the U.S. Hispanic market. Until recently, Alcobe-Fierro was Senior Vice President of the Univision Networks at Univision Communications Inc., the premier media company serving Hispanic America. He was responsible for overseeing the administration, human resources, on-air talent, “Teletón USA,” award-winning Education Week and the transformation of Univision Communications’ television linear networks and digital content groups. Alcobe-Fierro created and spearheaded the development of the Education Week national education initiative with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, led the “Ya es Hora” Latino citizenship and voter campaign in 2012, and launched the network’s first “Teletón USA” broadcast to raise funds to build rehabilitation centers for children with disabilities in the U.S. He brings more than 18 years of extensive experience in media and digital communications, organizational management, global leadership, and designing and implementing global human resources programs. Alcobe-Fierro joined Univision from Interpublic Group (IPG), where he was Senior Vice President of Global Compensation. He also served as secretary of IPG’s Board Compensation and Leadership Talent Committee, the Management Human Resources Committee, and co-chair of its Hispanic heritage group. During his tenure at IPG, Alcobe-Fierro made many contributions and provided leadership in all matters related to global human resources management as well as played an active role in the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Prior to joining IPG, he held various senior executive roles at Euro RSCG, WPP and Towers Watson. He holds a master of public administration degree from Columbia University and an industrial engineer title from Universidad Iberoamericana. 

Jeffrey M. Baill of the USTA Northern Section will serve his first term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Baill has served in many roles as a USTA National volunteer, including two terms on the Learning and Leadership Development Committee, where he led subcommittees in developing best practices for volunteers and board orientation procedures for the sections. He has served on several governance-related task forces and served a term on the USTA Nominating Committee. Baill was also Chair of the President’s Committee, a member of the Delegates and Vice Chair of the Grievance Committee. He was the inaugural recipient of the USTA Volunteer Exceptional Service Award in 2016. In the USTA Northern Section, Baill has served as Board Member, Vice President, President and Delegate. He also served as the first General Counsel for the section. He has been an active USTA League member and is the parent of a son involved in USTA junior competition. Baill has a long history of involvement on not-for-profit boards. He has served as the President of three separate Boards of Directors and was the founder of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, an international trade association with more than 3,000 members. With more than 35 years of professional experience, Baill is currently an officer on the Hennepin County Bar Association and managing partner of Yost & Baill. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuter’s publications and is known as one of the leading authorities on insurance subrogation, having given more than 100 presentations on the subject to national audiences.

Laura F. Canfield of the USTA Middle States Section will serve her first term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. She has been active in the tennis industry for more than 30 years in a wide range of areas, including serving as USTA Middle States Section Executive Director, Special Liaison to the USTA President, USTA Special Projects Coordinator, Interim Executive Director with the USTA Eastern, Mid-Atlantic and Intermountain sections, tournament coordinator and circulation manager for Tennis Week magazine and Community/Schools/Player Development Coordinator for the USTA Eastern Section. Her volunteer service includes two terms on the USTA Nominating Committee, which she chaired from 2012 to 2014, eight years on the USTA Middle States Board of Directors and service on the USTA Community Tennis Association Committee. Canfield is co-founder and current director of the Bucks County Tennis Association, which provides affordable quality tennis programs to approximately two dozen parks and recreation agencies and schools throughout Bucks County, Pa., servicing more than 2,000 participants annually. She is a past president of the Princeton Tennis Program, was a longtime Board member of the Eastern Section Junior Tennis Foundation and currently chairs the Northampton Township (Pa.) Parks and Recreation Board of Directors. After winning the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) district championship in high school, Canfield earned an undergraduate degree in Recreation and Leisure Services Management at East Stroudsburg University, where she helped lead the women’s tennis team to the Pennsylvania Conference title in 1979. She also holds a graduate degree in sports administration at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a certificate in nonprofit management at Bucks County Community College. She was inducted into the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame in 2012 and received its prestigious Mangan Award in 2014. She was also the recipient of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section President’s Award (2008), the East Stroudsburg University Helen G. Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement (2015) and the East Stroudsburg University Outstanding Alumni Award (2016) for her contributions to recreation and leisure services management.

Dr. Brian Hainline of the USTA Midwest Section will serve his second term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Dr. Hainline previously served on the USTA Board of Directors as a Director at Large in 2007-08, when he was Board Liaison to the Community Tennis Council. He has served as Chair of the Professional Council and Adult Community Programs Committee and has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the International Committee, and he was a founding member of the Sport Science Committee. Hainline has a long history with tennis, both as a player and as a physician. He played No. 1 singles and doubles in his senior year at University of Notre Dame, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa before going on to earn his M.D. at the University of Chicago. He served as the Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships for 16 years and of the USTA for four years; he is currently the NCAA Senior Vice President, Sport Science Institute and Chief Medical Officer. Hainline is serving as a USTA Presidential Appointee. He is a member of the USTA Sport Science Committee and the WTA Player Development Advisory Panel. He has served as a member of the ITF Sport Science and Medicine Commission since 1993 and has been chair since 2003. Hainline has been active in raising the standard of care for athletes and is an accomplished author, having written/edited seven books plus numerous chapters and peer-reviewed articles. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Neurology and is Clinical Professor of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine and New York University School of Medicine.

Michael J. McNulty III of the USTA Southern Section will serve his second consecutive term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. He has a long history of serving as a USTA volunteer and is currently the Board Liaison to the Adult Council, a member of the Budget Committee, the International Committee, and the Strategic and Creative Planning Committee. He has been the Council Chair for the Rules Committee, a member of the Advisory Group on Committees and the Evaluations Committee, the USTA representative on the ITF Constitutional Committees, and a member of both the Constitution and Rules Committee and the Nominating Committee. The founder and an officer of the Lake Area Community Tennis Association, McNulty is the former President of USTA Louisiana and the USTA Southern Section and has served as a USTA Southern Section Delegate. He is currently Chairman of the USTA Southern Patrons Foundation, of which he has been a trustee for multiple terms. He has been inducted into the USTA Southern Tennis Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the USTA Southern Jacobs Bowl, the highest volunteer service award given by the section. He is the former Tournament Chairman of the BB&T Atlanta Open—an Emirates Airline US Open Series event—and is a former member of its Tournament Steering Committee. McNulty was a partner with the law firm of Plauche, Smith & Niest, LLC and is considered one of America’s top attorneys in insurance defense, specializing in the areas of construction, products and premise liability. 

Andrew A. Valdez of the USTA Intermountain Section will serve his fourth consecutive term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. He is a former member of the USTA Intermountain Section Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Valdez is the founder and current board member of The Village Project Mentoring Program that teaches tennis to youth under the Juvenile Court, emphasizing life skills and values, and he is a co-founder of the Tennis and Tutoring Program (2009-present), which was developed as an after-school program in cooperation with the Utah Tennis Association. Valdez obtained his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law. He served as Utah State Juvenile Court Judge for 20 years after working as a Trial Lawyer of the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association and as a Trial Lawyer of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps in Nuremberg, Germany. Valdez recently attained Senior Judge Status. In addition, Valdez authored “No One Makes It Alone,” a memoir that chronicles how the sport of tennis and acts of kindness enabled him to overcome the poverty and struggles of his childhood.

ELITE ATHLETES

Lauren B. Barnikow of the USTA Northern California Section will serve her second term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors, Elite Athlete. She currently serves as the Board Liaison to the Player Development Council, which includes the Sport Science, Collegiate Varsity and Wheelchair Tennis committees. She has been a Senior Sales Consultant at Google since 2006. Barnikow’s expertise in the ever-changing technology industry includes brand marketing and digital media strategy for Fortune 1000 companies. She was a nationally and internationally ranked junior tennis player with extensive experience with USTA Player Development. Barnikow played professionally from 2004 to 2006, winning one singles title and three doubles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuits and reaching a career-high doubles ranking of No. 200. Barnikow plays in USTA leagues for her club, California Tennis Club, on the women’s open and mixed 10.0 teams. She was a starting member of three NCAA championship teams at Stanford University, where she graduated with a B.A. in International Relations in 2004.

Liezel H. Huber of the USTA Texas Section will serve her first term as a Director at Large, Elite Athlete. During her 24-year professional tennis career, Huber was the No. 1-ranked WTA doubles player for 199 weeks, won 53 WTA doubles titles and seven Grand Slam doubles titles. She was a U.S. Fed Cup team member and a three-time U.S. Olympian. Huber dedicates substantial time to volunteer and humanitarian efforts, including the nonprofit “Liezel’s Cause” (2005-12), the WTA Mentor Program (2007-14), Liezel Huber Tennis Tournament (South Africa, 2005-present), USTA Mentoring program (2015-present), Boys and Girls Country (2009-present) and Big Love Cancer Care Annual Tennis event (2010-present), and in 2016 she hosted an annual MS150 fundraiser. Huber is the recipient of a humanitarian award from Sir Richard Branson as well as multiple other player service awards. From 2006 to 2014, she served as a member of the WTA Player Council. Huber, a USPTR certified Tennis Professional (P rating), is the owner of Huber Tennis Ranch as well as a health and nutrition business, and is currently the Tennis Director at the Clubs of Houston Oaks. 

Brian Vahaly of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section will serve as Director at Large, Elite Athlete, having previously served one two-year term in the same position for the 2013-14 term, when he served on the Investment, Collegiate Varsity, Player Development and Sport Science committees. Vahaly played professionally for seven years, winning 10 singles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuit. He peaked at a career-best No. 64 in the world in 2003, when he reached the quarterfinals in Indian Wells and the semifinals in Memphis. He competed in the main draws of all four Grand Slam events during his career, reaching the second round at Wimbledon in 2003. Vahaly graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in finance and business management. He was an Academic All-American for the Virginia tennis team, a team captain for his last two years at the school and a three-time All-American (1999-2001). In 2001, he reached the NCAA singles final and the NCAA doubles semifinals and was named Virginia’s all-sports Male Athlete of the Year. As a junior player in 1997, he won the Easter Bowl and was named a member of the U.S. national team. After retiring from professional tennis, Vahaly went on to a career in business, having worked at UBS Financial Services, McLean Capital, Venturehouse Group and the Washington Kastles, before moving to NextGen Venture Partners where he is currently employed as Chief Operating Officer. Vahaly also has been active in community programs, including the Brian Vahaly Brighter Future Foundation in Atlanta, dedicated to promoting academics and community service through tennis, and as a board member of SouthEast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC).

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