Player Services

Player Grants

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Overview & Eligibility

USTA Player Development invests a great deal of its resources into assisting the development of players. The Player Development staff awards grants to players it feels is deserving based on performance and/or potential. The Player Development staff encourages players to utilize all of the facilities and services that the USTA has to offer (including, but not limited to, the following: working with our National Coaching Staff and utilizing the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Florida, the USTA Training Center-West in Carson, Calif., and USTA Training Center-East in Flushing, N.Y. and any of the USTA Certified Regional Training Centers. The goal of the USTA Player Development Staff is to assist in the development in as many young and talented players as possible.

Excellence Grants

Excellence grants are awarded to players, based purely on merit. These grants are provided by USTA Player Development to players who have met certain results, according to the criteria listed below. To qualify for an excellence grant ($5,000), a player will need to satisfy at least three of the bullet points listed for their birth year. All players must be U.S. citizens or eligible to represent the U.S. in International Team Competitions. All supporting documentation for 2012 should be submitted to Karina Klein, USTA Training Center West or Herlinda Lombardi, Coordinator of Player Services, by January 10, 2013. Grants will be distributed by March 2013.

Junior Grand Slam Grants

The United States Tennis Association Player Development department usually selects a boy’s team and a girl’s team of players to represent the U.S. at the Junior Grand Slam events (outside of the United States). If the USTA does not to take a player accepted into the singles main draw on a trip or does not send a team to a specific grand slam event (outside of the U.S.), then the USTA will provide those players a grant. Players who are accepted and compete in the main draw of the Australian Jr. Open, French Jr. Open and Wimbledon Jr. Championships will receive a travel grant. A player competing in the singles main draw of the Australian Jr. Open will receive $1,500. A player competing in the singles main draw of the French Jr. Open and Wimbledon Jr. Championships will receive $1,000.

Grants will also be awarded to players who qualify for the main draw in singles of any of the above listed events. However, no grant is given for the U.S. Open Junior Championships. Players who are accpeted or qualify do not need to apply for this grant. A grant letter will be sent to the players and a check will be sent out after the player has participated in the event and the tournament is completed. Players who are disqualified for any reason or who act inappropriately at the event will not be awarded a grant.
Players must be eligible to represent the United States in Fed Cup and Davis Cup competition pursuant to the ITF Regulations which include the following requirements:
 
A player must have:
  • a current valid U.S. passport;
  • lived in the United states for 24 consecutive months at some time; and
  • not have represented any other country in the 36 months immediately preceding the event
If at any time following an acceptance of a USTA Grant the recipient elects to represent a country other than the United States as a player or refuses to represent the United States in international competition if selected, the recipient is required to immediately reimburse the USTA for all grant monies previously distributed.

The General Manager for Player Development, along with the Director of Coaching, Head of Men’s Tennis and the Head of Women’s Tennis administer the Player Development Grants. The grants are the disbursed by the Player Service Department.

These grants are provided to players under the following scenarios:

  1. Players with whom the USTA Player Development Staff is working with on a full-time basis. In return, the player will need to participate in the USTA Player Development Program, which will include spending a significant amount of time at one of our designated facilities. Communication will be clear, understood and the arrangement will be mutually agreed upon by both parties prior to entering into the relationship.
  2. Players who are in a coaching situation that is working well for them, but where the USTA can provide support (mutually agreed upon by both parties). In return for this support, the USTA will develop a working relationship with the player and his/her coach to assist the player in reaching his/her maximum potential. Communication will be clear, understood and the arrangement will be mutually agreed upon by both parties prior to entering into the relationship.
  3. Players who are in a coaching situation that is working for them and who may not necessarily want or need support from the USTA. In these situations, USTA support will be limited.

Players do not have to complete an application for this grant but must complete an agreement before receiving these grants. Once grants have been determined, letters are sent to players informing them of their grant amount. Players are expected to complete their grant agreement by the deadline date listed and disbursements will be made once that process has been completed. These grants will be determined on a semi-annual basis, according to the following schedule:

  • First Period: Decisions made at the end of February and players will be able to request reimbursement once their grant letter has been signed and returned.
  • Second Period: Decisions made at the end of August and players will be able to request reimbursement once their grant letter has been signed and returned.

Listed below are the Player Development Grant Procedure and Service Grant Request Form, which is for those players who have been awarded a grant.

 

Multicultural Grants

Players who are highly talented and come from a multicultural background are encouraged to apply for a USTA Multicultural Grant. Deadline for submission of the Multicultural Excellence Grants and the Individual Player Grants to the sectional office by January 17, 2014. Grant award decisions will be made by February. For information about these grants go to: http://www.usta.com/USTA/Home/AboutUs/AwardsandGrants.aspx

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