Western Region

USTA Eastern's Western Region 

March 02, 2023

USTA Eastern’s Western Region organizes all USTA tennis programs throughout the Western part of the state of New York. The region extends from as far north as the Saint Lawrence River south to the Pennsylvania state line and west to the Niagara River.  It includes the cities of Watertown, Syracuse, Binghamton, Ithaca, Elmira, Corning, Rochester, Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Jamestown. The region is bordered by two of the Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario), and includes the Finger Lakes Region.


The Western Region has one of the seven wonders of the world within its boundaries. Niagara Falls is a hot spot for tourists and visitors from around the globe.  In addition, the region is home to the Women's Rights Museum in Seneca Falls and the Corning Museum of Glass. The region also has several professional sports teams from the Buffalo Bills and Sabres to the Syracuse SkyChiefs.  


The Western Region is proud to host two USTA Professional Circuit Events: The LB Futures Tournament at the Tennis Club of Rochester in Pittsford, and the Levene, Gouldin, & Thompson (LG&T) Tennis Challenger at Recreation Park in Binghamton.  



  • Buffalo, N.Y.'s Michael Antonius represented the United States at Les Petits As, one of the preeminent 14-and-under tournaments in the world. Read our interview.
  • Antonius also captured the boys' 12s title at the 2022 Easter Bowl. Read our story.


2022 Western Region Eastern Tennis Conference Award Winners

Members of the Western Region captured ten of USTA Eastern's 27 annual awards in 2022, led by former Regional Council Director Steve Pekich, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades growing the sport in the Syracuse, N.Y. area.


  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Steve Pekich
  • Louise Cilla Award: Marion Nies
  • Courage Award: Wil Murtaugh
  • Clinician of the Year: Wayne Martin
  • Junior Team Tennis Award: Christopher Galle
  • Collegiate Award: SUNY Cortland Club Tennis
  • USTA League Award: Amy Stohl
  • Corporate Service Award: Cavalier Fitness
  • Service to People with Disabilities: Paige Mills (ACEing Autism)
  • Western Region Volunteer of the Year: Gordon Panek


Upcoming Events and Workshops


Information will be posted here as it becomes available.


The Western Region Team


Adult League Coordinators, Western


Community Tennis Coordinator, Western


USTA Western Region Council



  • Ruthanne Wannop, Director
  • Jason Speirs, Vice-Director 



  • Adrienne Alteri
  • Ben Bradley
  • Chris Galle
  • Dave Hanzes
  • Anda Perianu
  • Lydia Varon
  • Tom Venniro
  • Nick Zieziula


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