PTR's Level 2 accredited by NCACE.
UTR & Tennis Australia announce new UTR Pro Tennis Series.
USTA announcement on the 2020 US Open.
USTA announcement on the 2020 US Open Wheelchair tennis.
UTR Nat'l Championships Series
PTR’s Level 2 Accredited by NCACE
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) has received full accreditation by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) under the auspices of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE). The NCACE accreditation was for PTR’s recently launched Level 2 Certification.
Initially accredited in 2011, PTR is one of only 32 accredited coach education programs within the United States. PTR continues to demonstrate that it is a leader in quality coach education while developing comprehensive programs in alignment with guidelines for program supervision, personnel, and operations. “The new Level 2 immerses coaches in key components vital to improving coaching knowledge, skills, and behaviors,” said Dan Santorum, PTR CEO. “Special thanks to PTR Education Consultants, Dr. Anne Pankhurst, and Sarah McQuade along with Brian Parkkonen, COO. Their knowledge and passion for coach education are simply the best.”
Through this accreditation process, NCACE confirms that the PTR program adheres to the characteristics of excellence as prescribed by SHAPE America’s National Standards for Sports Coaches. These standards feature eight domains of coaching responsibilities and within them, 40 standards and subsequent benchmarks representing the body of knowledge associated with each coaching responsibility and provide concrete examples of actions and orientations that constitute coaching competence. Accreditation reviewers noted that PTR “continues to serve as a benchmark for all other coaching education providers.”
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis coaches, with more than 16,000 members in 131 countries. PTR has the highest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to inspiring, educating, certifying, and serving tennis teachers/coaches in order to grow the game.
About USCCE and NCACE
The United States Center for Coaching Excellence is the premier authority on coaching education in the USA, providing programming support and accreditation of programs through the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education. NCACE offers accreditation & national recognition to sport organizations & institutions responsible for the preparation of coaches at all levels. The rigorous review process ensures alignment with SHAPE America’s National Standards for Sport Coaches, and that coaches are trained to effectively meet the unique developmental needs of every athlete. Through forward-thinking leadership and our team of expert reviewers, the USCCE is positioned to provide quality guidance for the creation, implementation and evaluation of coach education programs.
UTR & Tennis Australia Announce New UTR Pro Tennis Series
Strict biosecurity protocols in place as professional tennis returns this weekend
Australia’s pro tennis players will have the opportunity to compete for $450,000 prizemoney in a new domestic series starting this weekend.
The UTR Pro Tennis Series will feature stops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, starting in Sydney on Saturday 27 June, with Brisbane and Melbourne competitions getting underway on Monday 29 June.
“With so much of the tennis season still uncertain, our aim through the UTR Pro Tennis Series is to give as many of our athletes the chance to compete and, importantly, also earn prize money, after months of not being able to make their living playing the sport they have devoted their lives to,” Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley explained.
“Our team has put an enormous amount of time and effort into the planning of these events, and have worked closely with the authorities and tennis staff around the country on the ground to ensure they are run according to strict local biosecurity protocols.”
The first phase of the UTR Pro Tennis Series will run until August, with the possibility of extending further depending on the resumption of the global tours (ATP/WTA/ITF).
Event organizers have worked closely within government guidelines in each state to ensure physical distancing rules are in place, along with additional hygiene and safety precautions. On-court personnel will be limited, with a chair umpire, minimal lines-people, and no ball kids. Players will bring their own towels.
Players will enter using their Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), giving them an opportunity to compete locally and have their results count globally via the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) system.
"We are excited to work with Tennis Australia to bring the UTR Pro Tennis Series to the country and provide an innovative way for professionals to compete close to home safely and have their results count on a global scale," Universal Tennis Chairman and CEO Mark Leschly said.
"Every tennis player - from social and league players to pros - in Australia can use Universal Tennis to measure their competitive ability. Players who have participated in Tennis Australia comps and tournaments already have a UTR, and can view their rating and register for events on MyUTR.com for free.”
Participating players and updates on the full calendar, including wheelchair exhibition events, will be announced in the coming days.
*Full UTR Pro Tennis Series calendar to be announced
Biosecurity, health, and safety protocols:
· Daily health and temperature checks for all on-site personnel
· Physical distancing of 1.5 meters
· Minimal personnel on-site including no fans and ball kids, reduced lines-people
· Additional hygiene practices and measures in place, including encouraging frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer
· Thorough cleaning practices, including between matches
· Players will tap racquet taps instead of shaking hands
· Separate player benches and players encouraged to change ends on opposite sides of the court
· Players advised to bring own towels, food, and drinks
· Players to spend minimal time onsite and encouraged to arrive, play and depart, not use showers within the venue and limit their time in any communal area, all in accordance with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport.
What is a UTR? Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) is an international tennis rating system that connects millions of tennis players around the world to help them find better matches locally. UTR reflects a player’s current skill level based on head-to-head match scores, and rates all players across age, gender, and nationality on the same 16-point scale. Every player can have a UTR – from the pros to juniors to social tennis players.
About Universal Tennis
The mission of Universal Tennis is to make tennis more affordable, accessible, and fun for all players, regardless of age, gender, level, and socioeconomic status. The UTR Engagement Platform is anchored by the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle, the world’s most accurate singles and doubles tennis rating system; and provides the tools and solutions to make the Universal Tennis Rating relevant and valuable to players, coaches, and organizers in their local domain. Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience. Watch our video and visit MyUTR.com to sign up, create or find your player profile, and join the global tennis community on UTR.
USTA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF TENNIS WITH THE 2020 US OPEN
AND THE 2020 WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN SET TO TAKE PLACE
AT THE USTA BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER
EVENTS MARK RETURN OF TENNIS AND SPORTS TO THE NEW YORK MARKET
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 17, 2020 – In a historic decision for the tennis industry and sports fans around the world, the USTA is proud to announce today that both the 2020 US Open and 2020 Western & Southern Open will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., this summer. Hosting these tournaments marks an important moment for the sport of tennis, the New York market and the global sporting community as tennis returns to action.
This move creates a month of high-level international tennis at the iconic NTC. The Western & Southern Open, normally held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, will be held just prior, August 19 to August 28. The US Open will be held August 31 to September 13, the originally-scheduled dates for the main draw of the event.
“These two events are the summer’s biggest tennis blockbusters in the U.S., and we are thrilled for the players, our fans, and all of our partners, that we will be able to mark the return of tennis,” said Mike Dowse, USTA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. “These tournaments also serve as an inspiration to tennis players of all levels, encouraging them to get out and play, given the social-distancing nature of our sport.”
As part of this decision, the USTA unveiled a comprehensive health and safety plan that has been approved by New York State government officials. The comprehensive plan was created by the USTA’s US Open team, with input from the WTA and ATP, and in conjunction with the USTA Medical Advisory Group, other medical experts, and noted security officials.
“First and foremost, our decision-making has been guided by ensuring the health and well-being of all who will take part in the 2020 US Open,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Patrick Galbraith. “After educating ourselves through consultations with experts, and following near round-the-clock planning for three months, we are confident that we have a plan that is safe, viable, and the right thing to do for our sport. This historic undertaking will provide a tremendous boost to the entire tennis industry and community, a boost so needed in these trying times.”
The USTA’s approach to all decisions surrounding the hosting of both the 2020 US Open and 2020 Western & Southern Open followed three guiding principles. In all three instances, the USTA determined that the necessary criteria to fulfill the guiding principles was met, which included:
Ensuring the health and safety of all individuals associated with, or part of, the tournaments, and mitigating potential risk factors associated with COVID-19.
Balancing decisions on whether the events would not only be safe, but if holding the events would benefit the sport of tennis, including the fans, athletes and the global tennis industry.
Determining whether the tournaments could take place in a financially-viable manner for the USTA and for the ATP and WTA players.
Hosting the two events in one centralized location mitigates risk and allows for one cohesive medical, training and competition environment, with safety measures to be put in place, including testing, mitigation measures, sanitization, and other protocols.
In light of the global pandemic, the two events will be modified in a variety of ways. Due to the inherent issues with holding events which would bring more than one million visitors to the site over the duration of the two tournaments, the decision was made to hold this year’s events without fans in attendance. The size and format of the events will also be modified with this same goal of limiting the number of individuals on site at one time. This includes players, their entourages, staff, broadcasters, and all others associated with the on-site workings.
“The decision to hold the 2020 US Open without fans was not an easy one, but ultimately it was the correct one,” said Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA and US Open Tournament Director. “To mitigate risk, we must minimize numbers on-site. Though we will not have fans on our site, we will engage with tennis fans around the world in new and exciting ways with the help of our global broadcast partners, and all our US Open sponsors.”
The US Open will feature the Main Draw Men’s and Women’s Singles events, each with the traditional 128-player draw size, and Men’s and Women’s Doubles events, with 32 teams in each competition (down from 64 teams, but limited to Doubles-only players). Since the overall plan requires limiting the number of individuals on-site, the Mixed Doubles, Juniors and Wheelchair competitions will not be held in 2020. The Western & Southern Open will feature its traditional format in Men’s and Women’s Singles, an increased draw of 48 for the Men’s and Women’s Qualifying Tournaments (up from 28 and 32, respectively), and an increased draw size of 32 teams for Men’s and Women’s Doubles (up from 28 teams).
In hosting the two events, the USTA has committed $60 million in total compensation to players. In addition to prize money and other compensation to athletes competing in the two events, the USTA has also made the decision to provide approximately $6.6 million in additional relief grants and subsidies due to the decision to not hold the Qualifying Tournament and the reduction of the Doubles draws. These funds will be allocated to the WTA and ATP, which will then make the determination of how to distribute these funds and/or utilize them to provide replacement playing and ranking point opportunities. Previously in 2020, the USTA contributed $1 million to an international player relief fund.
With the formal health and safety plan approved, the USTA will work with tournament broadcast rights-holders and partners to expand the way these events are delivered to the fans at home around the globe, in greater and more innovative ways than ever before. Details of these plans will be announced in the near future.
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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network.For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.
US Open to Host Wheelchair Tennis Competition Sept. 10-13
at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
June 24, 2020 – The USTA today announced that the 2020 US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition will be held September 10-13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., its traditional place on the US Open calendar.
The decision was made following multiple virtual meetings with a group of wheelchair athletes and the International Tennis Federation over the last week. The 2020 US Open Wheelchair Competition will feature Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles and Quad Singles and Doubles, with draw sizes similar to past US Opens.
Wheelchair athletes will follow the same health and safety procedures as all players participating in the US Open and will be able to access the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center beginning on September 7.
The ITF is carefully reviewing the impact of this evolving situation related to awarding Wheelchair ranking points and we expect a decision to be announced in the coming days.
UNIVERSAL TENNIS LAUNCHES UTR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Nationwide Event Series Offers High School, Junior and Collegiate Players the Opportunity to Compete Locally And Count Globally In High-Level Regional Play
June 29, 2020 (Palo Alto, CA) - Universal Tennis (MyUTR.com) today announced the launch of its first-ever UTR National Championship Series, a new initiative for junior, high school and college athletes to compete in high-level local tennis events, continue to develop their game, and have their scores count globally via the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR).
The UTR National Championship Series features over 20 locations with more than 70 events and 2,000 matches across the United States, including California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. The series will be divided into three divisions: High School, Juniors (14’s & 16’s), and College, with events beginning July 8th and running through early August. Space is limited to the top 16 players by UTR in each division and winners of each host site will be nationally recognized by Universal Tennis as the first-ever UTR National Champions.
All UTR National Championship Series events will be organized based on a World Cup-style format, where groups of players will compete in round-robin style stages and will advance to the next round based on their results. Winners of the collegiate and junior UTR National Championships will be eligible to receive prize money. The junior series will be live-streamed for college coaches on MyUTR.com to help support summer recruiting efforts.
“The UTR National Championship Series gives young players who are eager to get back on the court a new opportunity to participate in local, high-level competition that counts globally for their Universal Tennis Rating. Due to the global health crisis, players have been unable to compete for a few months, and many events have been canceled,” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman & CEO. “Our partner sites are committed to following their local health and safety guidelines while offering a fun, competitive environment for players to get back to competition, showcase their skills and return to the game they love.”
FILA (FILA.com) will serve as the Official Apparel and Footwear Provider of the UTR National Championship Series, providing prizes for all winners across the junior, high school, and collegiate divisions. In addition, FILA and Universal Tennis will work to create unique apparel and footwear offerings for all participants of the National Championships, as well as the broader UTR community.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Universal Tennis on the UTR National Championship Series,” said Lauren Mallon, Director of Strategic Partnerships - Tennis at FILA. “These National Championships offer players a much-needed opportunity to compete in a safe, local environment, while also serving as an exceptional showcase for the FILA brand. We look forward to bringing our apparel and footwear to this talented group of players."
College: July 8 - August 2
Juniors Boys & Girls (14s & 16s): July 15 - July 26
High School: July 29 - August 2
Players, coaches, and parents can learn more and sign up for their local UTR National Championship Series event at MyUTR.com.
The new UTR National Championship Series is part of Universal Tennis’ “Play Locally. Count Globally.” initiative which offers tennis players of all levels the ability to compete locally with safe, 1:1 matchplay and have their scores count globally towards the Universal Tennis Rating. As travel restrictions continue across the United States and worldwide, local play has new meaning. When scores count for UTR, local play has a global impact.
About Universal Tennis
The mission of Universal Tennis is to make tennis more affordable, accessible, and fun for all players, regardless of age, gender, level, and socioeconomic status. The UTR Engagement Platform is anchored by the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle, the world’s most accurate singles and doubles tennis rating system; and provides the tools and solutions to make the Universal Tennis Rating relevant and valuable to players, coaches, and organizers in their local domain. Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience. Go to MyUTR.com to sign up, create, or find your player profile and join the global tennis community. Watch our video and visit us on social @MyUTR.