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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.