Back when I was growing up USTA tournaments were played out to the end and they meant something to play. It was almost like the United States Postal Service–rain never stopped the postman and it did not stop USTA tournaments from being completed. If a tournament had to be finished on Monday or the following night or even a few nights later the officials, players and parents did what it took to get it done. Because USTA tournaments meant something and they were special events to be played and to be won.
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This weekend in Georgia proved to have some of the best weather in all of 2013 to date. It also proved to be one of the busiest weekends for USTA junior tennis tournaments in the Atlanta Metro area. Coachjpweber.com did a survey and can provide a cross section view of how the 10 And Under tournaments are fairing in the Atlanta metro market.
Lastly, and most importantly, I hope you will always tell it like it is. Say what you truly feel and think. Speak truth to power. Do not hold back just to get perks from the USTA or get nice Committee assignments or to avoid perceived retribution by our heavy handed governing body. To me, that kind of “group think” and bowing to the USTA has gotten us into this situation where everyone is in a state of despair and so disgusted with the USTA and state of American Junior Tennis.
Wayne Bryan to Coach “A”
The guest tonight needs no introduction unless you have been living under a rock–Wayne Bryan has been coaching and working in all aspects of the tennis world for the last umpteen years and we look forward to this time with Wayne as much as we have with any of our guests! Below we have included some of the good stuff behind from Wayne Bio!
Tonight on the show we have Wayne Bryan on to speak with us about some of the different things going on in the world of tennis today. Please tune in on blogtalkradio.com to listen to the show. Or you can call in to the show at 6:00 p.m. (EST) by dialing 714-583-6853!
Hope you are having a nice Fall Season.
As you probably know, there was a very positive and productive meeting on Sunday, October 21, with Steve Bellamy and his concerned group with the USTA officials in Chicago about the state of our National ‘n Sectional Junior Schedule and Rankings that led to a pause on the new changes and a listening tour to be held across the country to make revisions that will be fair for all our juniors and that will hopefully bring a smile to everyone’s’ face.
I then met on the evening of Oct. 24 in Malibu and the early morning of Oct. 25 with incoming USTA President, Dave Haggerty, and USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis, Kurt Kamperman. We met for a total of 7 1/2 hours and the discussions on my outline of American Tennis Concerns were fair and frank and sometimes hard hitting and a lot was learned on all sides of the issues.
Although we share many experiences in common with our sport, we come from different vantages and viewpoints – - – Dave, as the newly elected President, has served on several national committees and has been a very successful CEO of major tennis companies; while Kurt is employed by the USTA and was the former CEO of the Tennis Industry Assn. and knows Community Tennis in all sections of this country; and Wayne, who spends a good part of the year on the road emceeing ATP events and doing clinics on the tour and at clubs and schools and who coaches World Team Tennis and speaks to coaches and parents frequently.
All of us are passionate about the game and its health and future. Although the meetings were rigorous, they were at the same time cordial.
The issues discussed included:
Our guest tonight is A.J. Pant. Mr. Pant is currently the General Manager for the Tennis Center at College Park, Maryland. Prior to his current position, Pant was the National Tennis Director for Tennis Corporation Of America (TCA). Ajay was with Tennis Corporation Of America for 18 years and also served as Head Tennis Professional, Club Manager and General Manager for TCA clubs in Chicago and other parts of the United States.
This past weekend the USTA met with a small group of individuals who claim only to have the best interests of the game at heart. Each of them put aside their own interests and met in order to better the game of tennis for juniors across the entire USA. For that I am thankful. The top guys at the USTA met with a media mogul/club owner, a political analyst, a tennis goods merchant, a news broadcaster and a successful tournament director. What came of the meeting was a 2013 “pause” to the further implementation of proposed changes which were actually not scheduled to go into effect until 2014.