What does the USTA do?
Founded in 1881, the USTA’s mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis, which it does through two distinct business units: Professional Tennis, which promotes the growth of the professional sport in the United States and maximizes revenue opportunities to fund the mission, and Community Tennis, which develops and implements grassroots tennis programs throughout the country.
Does the USTA keep track of the number of people who play tennis?
Although the USTA relies on the Industry research for the overall number of people who play tennis, we do, however, track the number of players who take our programs, such as QuickStart Tennis, USTA Team Tennis and USTA League Tennis.
Who runs the USTA?
The USTA is a volunteer-based organization led by a board of directors headed by a volunteer chair and president. The USTA board of directors establishes the organization’s policies and priorities. Dozens of volunteer committees, which represent the USTA membership and serve the tennis public, assist in this process. The USTA board employs an executive director, who is also chief operating officer, to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, its offices and its national staff. Click here for the current list of Officers and Directors.
Does the USTA have anything to do with the US Open?
The USTA owns and operates the US Open, which is the highest attended annual sporting event in the world. The US Open, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY, generates most of the revenue used by the USTA to promote and develop tennis nationwide.
Is the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center used for anything besides the US Open?
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is open to the public seven days a week, 11 months a year, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center staff conduct community tennis programs, summer tennis camps, and group and private lessons. Annual events held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, besides the US Open, include the Mayor’s Cup high school tennis championships and the Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. The USTA built the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the city of New York.
Does the USTA run any tournaments besides the US Open?
Year-round, the USTA runs all levels of tournaments, from amateur (USTA Junior National Championships and USTA Adult & Senior National Championships) through professional, including:
- U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships – one of the oldest continuing events the USTA owns, dating back to 1910; currently held at River Oaks Country Club in Houston.
- U.S. Women’s Hard Court Championships – more commonly known as Pilot Pen Tennis; one of the oldest women’s-only events in the country, dating back to 1948; currently held in New Haven, Conn.
- USTA Professional Circuits – the world’s premier developmental circuit for aspiring professional tennis players. It allows players to gain the experience and ranking points needed to participate on the major pro tours and in Grand Slam tournaments. There are three levels of tournaments:
- Satellites -- the introductory level of professional tennis, offering $10,000 to $12,500 in prize money per event.
- Futures – one rung above Satellites as introductory professional tennis events, offering $15,000 in prize money per event.
- Challengers – intermediate to advanced-intermediate events that often feature players from the major pro tours and offer $25,000 to $75,000 in prize money.
Why increase membership dues?
The dues increase is necessary to help offset growing operational costs, but more importantly, to continue to provide great benefits, programs and services to our members. USTA membership remains a great value. The best way to lower the cost of membership is to upgrade to a 3 or 5 year membership. Joining or renewing to a 3 or 5-year membership takes advantage of significant discounts. You also lock-in your rate for a longer period of time and won’t have to worry about renewing each year.
Is my USTA Membership tax-deductible?
Check with your tax advisor as to whether your membership fee is tax-deductible.