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Welcome to the Holiday Edition of USTA Tennessee's Community Tennis Association Newsletter for November and December. We know that Community Tennis Associations are the backbone of our organization.
We appreciate the tireless effort of the volunteers and administrators that lead our non-profit CTA organizations in Tennessee. 

We hope that you'll find valuable information, announcements and tools in each edition of our newsletter. We appreciate your partnership with our organization, and your work to grow tennis in your community.

Tennis - It's Our Business

USTA Tennessee Mission Statement:
To Promote and Develop the Game of Tennis in the State of Tennessee to its Highest Potential

2015 USTA Tennessee Annual Meeting and 
Community Development Workshop
Friday, January 30th and Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Location: Nashville, TN ~ Marriott West End 
For more information click here or please contact Tara Williams 

CGPG Grant Application Deadline
December 1st, 2014
Click here for the online grant application
For more information please contact Tara Williams

USTA Tennessee Adult Local League Coordinator Training
December 13th, 2014 ~ Hendersonville, TN ~ Bluegrass Country Club
For more information please contact Charla Patrick

USTA Southern Annual Meeting
January 16-18th, 2015 ~ Atlanta, GA ~ Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center
USTA Southern Annual Meeting is for all Southern Board members, Committee members and Sectional and State staff.

Example: Offer a local play day and have participants bring canned food for your local community food bank!

Advocacy in the USTA context involves taking our passion for, and knowledge of, tennis and connecting it to the needs of communities, schools, colleges and local governments. Advocacy is the ability to demonstrate to decision makers how our array of programs can benefit their community.

The USTA has committed itself to becoming an advocacy organization. This means it has invested time, money and talent into the notion that the growth and health of tennis requires coordinated and persistent engagement with public and private sector decision makers. This engagement is needed to harness the public support and resources needed to expand the availability and quality of tennis facilities and programming in communities just like yours.
The USTA's advocacy agenda is motivated by the conviction that the sport of tennis can be an important part of improving communities, schools and the quality of life for all. As a fan, player or supporter of the game of tennis, you know how tennis can make a difference, but our charge as advocates is to convince decision makers in the public, private and non-profit sectors of this in order to gain their support. Across the country, there are millions of players and thousands of tennis organizations that are passionate about tennis. You are our most underused resource but our most valuable asset.

USTA Coaches Workshops
USTA Tennessee knows that behind every great player is a great coach. We have resources and workshops available for continuing or beginning coaches education. Tennessee is lucky to have Karl Davies as the USTA Southern TN Representative. Karl is also a national trainer for the USTA. Karl as well as other USTA TN staff are available to hold workshops and training sessions in your area. 

See where we've been already!
April 22nd - Kingsport Coaches Workshop
April 24th - Chattanooga Schools Presentation
June 3rd Kingsport Schools Presentation
June 4th - Chattanooga Coaches Workshop
July 13th - Memphis Coaches Workshop
August 11th - Hendersonville 10 and Under Coaches Workshop
September 20th- CBRC Knoxville 10 and Under Coaches Workshop
September 25th-ETSU Johnson City Schools Workshop
November 4th- Cleveland Schools Workshop
November 7th- Cleveland Schools Workshop
November 13th- Chattanooga Schools Workshop

  Would your CTA like to provide 10 & Under Workshops or School workshops in your local schools or community in 2015?
For more information about upcoming workshops or general inquires, contact or visit


Do you want to know about upcoming Tennessee CTA Events? 

If your CTA has a special event or announcement coming up please send information and pictures to: 

Tara Williams at 
Community Highlight of the Month

Carole Cox Continues Her Successful Career as a Tennis Official

USTA Tennessee and The Tennis Nashville Tennis Association are very proud of Carole Cox and her contribution to tennis!

The US Open. Wimbledon. Pan American Games. These are venues for the world's best tennis players hoping to compete at their highest levels on some of the largest stages of their sport. Large crowds of fans gather to watch, television audiences are even bigger, year-end rankings and thousands of dollars are at stake.

Along the sidelines, however, are a few men and women who are also well trained in their field and strive to bring their professional best to advance tennis to its highest level.

They are the officials.

One Nashville native, Carole Cox, knows all about the pressure and the fun of the job. For more than a decade, she excelled at being an International professional tennis official who was an umpire and lines-person at these three prestigious tournaments, Davis and Federation Cup matches and many more....

To read more of Carole's story please click here.

Would you like to recognize a super volunteer in your CTA or community?

We would like to highlight them in our next newsletter!
Contact Tara Williams at  


You can have tennis in your local schools!
USTA Schools Tennis provides in-school and extracurricular programming for students in grades K-12.  The primary goals of the program are a positive first-time experience, perceived competence, fun and fitness.  Another important element is to help schools meet their health and wellness requirements.  The program offers training, curriculum materials, access to major discounts on kid-friendly equipment and staff support. 


Every day, the USTA and its partners help kids learn not just a sport, but self-confidence, sportsmanship, and the habits of an active, healthy lifestyle  We are committed to making sure that all kids have an opportunity to play and learn from this sport of a lifetime!!

For more information about getting tennis in your local school program click here. 

Help promote play day events in your area. 
Below is the link that you can visit to register your local play days

Help promote and get the word about about our 
Jr. Team Tennis leagues!

For more information about Jr. Team Tennis please contact Tara Williams

10U Developmental Training Camps
These are fun and engaging tennis camps conducted by some of the best local Tennis Professionals. This program is the first step for USTA Player Development to identify talent and promote 10 and under tennis growth. Participants will be grouped by skill level and guided through a series of athletic testing, motor skills, on-court instruction, and fun games by the area's best 10U coaches. USTA TN 10U Developmental Camp is perfect for all kids ages 6-10 from those with little tennis training to the more advanced level tournament player.

2014 Junior Tournament Info

If you have any questions regarding junior tournaments or 

Developmental Training Camps
please email Kristen Schlukebir,


For more information on USTA Tennessee League offerings please click here. 

Want Flex League??
What is Flex League? USTA Flex Leagues allow individuals to schedule matches when and where it's most convenient. This is a great program for new and returning players, players new to town, and players wanting to meet new players in match competition.  They are designed with your busy schedule in mind. You make the schedule. You set the time. You play when it's convenient for you. Flex Leagues provide all the thrills of league tennis, built around your busy lifestyle. With Flex Leagues, you can control everything-with the possible exception of your opponent's down-the-line forehand. At this time there are two areas that are having flex league in the fall, Murfreesboro and Nashville. 

Murfreesboro contact Joan Arney via email
Nashville contact Joan Arney via email

2014 Adult Tournament Info



Tennessee Tennis Patrons Foundation Junior Player Financial Assistance

 USTA Southern Grants and Scholarships available to CTAs

USTA National Grants available to CTAs


Facility Assistance Program


CTA Resources

Find many online resouce in one spot!

CTA online resource guide


From Insurance and Benefits to Tennis Advocacy and adopting a military unit. 

You can find the resources here! 



Has your CTA found Instagram?


Instagram is a FREE, fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends, family and community.

Take a picture or video, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram - it's that easy.
You can even share to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more. It's a new way to see the world.

Dont forget: You can utilize the USTA Marketing website below for customizable templates when creating fliers, etc. on the local level

USTA Marketing Site



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