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USTA Midwest Section Awards

Each year the Section honors dedicated individuals and organizations for their service and support of the Section’s mission to grow, develop and service the sport of tennis.  Any individual may nominate a Midwest Section member or organization for an award; submission forms can be submitted through the online form, by email or mail. The deadline to submit nominations for the following awards has passed.


[CLOSED] The nomination period for the following awards is closed. Deadline to nominate is T.B.D. 


USTA League Volunteer Award

Recognizes the USTA League volunteer that has provided leadership and has made a significant contribution to the growth and enhancement of USTA League play within their District and the USTA Midwest Section.



Recognizes the outstanding NJTL Chapter that has demonstrated continued excellence in recreational tennis. ADVERTISEMENT Criteria include: quality of on-court and off-court programming, interaction with local parks and recreation departments, and contributions to the local community.


Cap Leighton Award

Recognizes the tennis teaching professional who contributes to tennis in his or her community beyond his livelihood.  This person gives freely in promoting involvement in tennis for players of all levels and ages, and assists in developing tennis programs and promoting participation.


Frank Dowling Award

Recognizes an individual who has displayed outstanding attributes as a tennis official in the Section for at least five years.


Fred Burns Award

Recognizes the journalist, sportscaster, newspaper, radio or television station which has contributed the most toward promoting tennis on the local, district or sectional level.


Helen Shockley Award

Recognizes the outstanding 16 or 18-and-under age division female player from the Section for the highest standards of tennis accomplishments, character, conduct, sportsmanship and amateurism.


Wallace R. Holzman, Sr. Award

Recognizes the outstanding 16 or 18-and-under age division male player from the Section for the highest standards of tennis accomplishments, character, conduct, sportsmanship and amateurism.


Wheelchair Performance Award

Recognizes a volunteer, wheelchair player, tennis professional or coach who has made outstanding contributions and has demonstrated excellence in the sport of wheelchair tennis. This individual has shown evidence of dedication to improving, advancing and promoting wheelchair tennis in his or her community.


CTA of the Year Award

Recognizes outstanding service rendered in the community served, and in the growth and development of the sport of tennis.


Member Organization of the Year Award

Recognizes outstanding service by a member organization to its members and the game of tennis.



[CLOSED] The nomination period for the following awards is closed. Deadline to nominate is T.B.D. 


The following awards will be presented to the recipients in their communities in the USTA/Midwest Section this fall.


League Captain Award

Recognizes a USTA League captain that has provided leadership and made a significant contribution to growth and enhancement of USTA League play within their District.


League Player Award

Recognizes a USTA League player that has participated in USTA League play with the highest standards of conduct and sportsmanship within their District.


League Facility Award

Presented to a tennis facility that has exhibited outstanding customer service to its members and the public, and is supportive of the USTA League program whether hosting USTA League teams and/or matches.


[CLOSED] The nomination period for the following awards is closed. Deadline to nominate is T.B.D. 


The following awards were presented during the USTA/Midwest Annual Meeting (January 30-February 1, 2020)


Mel Bergman Award

The USTA Midwest Section's most prestigious award, the Mel Bergman Award is given in recognition of continuous and distinguished service to the Section in an unselfish, dedicated manner for ten years or more. Mel Bergman, an extremely dedicated volunteer, was a President of the USTA Midwest Section who served on the USTA Executive Committee.


2019 Recipient: Paul MacDonald (Mundelein, Ill.)


MacDonald started volunteering with the USTA/Midwest Section in 1990 and has been an integral part of the tennis scene in Chicago, the Midwest, and nationally for over 30 years. He has volunteered on many USTA and USPTA committees and has spent countless hours advising and coaching adult and junior players and parents. 


MacDonald has also been involved with the implementation and developments of new National junior ranking systems throughout the years. In addition to his countless hours of service, MacDonald has been recognized at a District level all the way up to a National Level. Most notably, MacDonald served as the President of the Chicago District Tennis Association from 2009-2010. He was also a member of the Chicago District Tennis Association Board of Directors from 2005-2008 and from 2011-present. 


On a Section level, MacDonald served many years coaching junior players to success. He also served as a speaker at several USTA/Midwest Section events. 


Nationally, MacDonald was the head coach and administrator at the USTA Area Training Center from 1989 to 1992. MacDonald gives his time to the USTA National Junior Competition Committee as well. 


MacDonald continues to bring an open mind to the game of tennis and remains an unbiased and fair voice of reason in his work on and off the court. 



Stanley Malless Award

The Stanley Malless Award is presented to a volunteer recognizing distinguished service in his or her district. The award honors an individual who has contributed to the development of tennis programs from the grass roots up for five years or more.


2019 Recipient: Ginger Gilles (Indianapolis, Ind.)


Gilles began as an educator at Kokomo High School and the varsity girls tennis coach for 21 years, retiring in 2006 with 298 wins. She was selected as District Coach of the Year four time . Gilles also coached varsity volleyball, track and field, and basketball.


Gilles has been an advocate for the Central Indiana Tennis Association (CITA) for many years now, starting as a CITA Board member in 2008. She has been supportive of all USTA programs, including USTA League and USTA Jr. Team Tennis. Gilles was instrumental in the conception of the BBBS (Big Brother Big Sister) Tennis program, which has now run for three years. Gilles was also involved with starting the CITA Foundation and getting it off the ground. 


When Gilles became the president of Central Indiana Tennis Association in 2017, she became the next great leader of the organization, leading by example and attending all meetings. Gilles also volunteered for events and was extremely present at the Section level. 


Gilles formed relationships with everyone that she connected with in this role. In 2020, Gilles will be joining the USTA/Midwest Section Junior Committee as a member. As a member on the CITA board, Gilles was a great mentor for new board members, and her legacy is strong. One of her many goals was to plan for the future with clear actions and guidelines on how to achieve those goals. Gilles remains an active part of the Central Indiana tennis community. 




Family of the Year Award

This award is presented to the family in the Section that has contributed the most toward tennis through the years. Family members are all involved in tennis, serving their local area or district in promoting and perpetuating the development of tennis on all levels.


2019 Recipient: The Gene Orlando Family (Lansing, Mich.)


The Orlando family resides in Lansing, Mich. and is comprised of Gene, Janice, Vincent, Gabbie and Maggie Orlando. Gene Orlando has been the Michigan State University Men’s tennis coach for 28 years. He has coached the Western Michigan District Team Cup for the Boys’ 18s for the past two years. He also coaches the MSU Wheelchair tennis team, as well as running the MSU Showdown, which is an annual wheelchair tournament. Gene was also heavily involved in organizing Lansing’s first professional tournament, hosted this November. 


Janice is also involved with tennis, assisting with summer camps, as well as traveling coach/ mom with Gabbie and Vincent.


Gabbie played 17 USTA tournaments in her senior year of high school, all in the Western Michigan District. She now currently plays college tennis at Indiana University-Kokomo. Vincent is also quite the tennis player, an avid member of the Western Michigan Team Cup for the past two years. He won the Scott Frew Scholarship from the Western Michigan District. Most recently, he captured a second-place finish at the qualifier tournament and made it to the national level. Vincent currently plays at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. 


Maggie has been the social media and photographer for MSU tennis camps and was a tennis counselor. She also served as the official photographer for the Capital City Classic. 


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