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The USTA’s professional tennis management (PTM) program is a great addition to a four-year bachelor’s degree. Students with focus areas in hospitality, sports management and exercise science can add value to their degree and open up career options in tennis in facility management, technology, marketing, and business. Sign up to receive more information on the colleges that offer PTM.
Professional Tennis Management
There are currently 10 professional tennis management programs in colleges nationwide. Learn more about the schools that offer these programs. Scholarships are also available to interested high school students.
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Through the USTA Foundation, the below list of scholarships may be available for current or prospective PTM students. Application deadlines may vary.
Director of Junior Tennis
A PTM graduate, was a director of junior tennis at a club in Tampa before transitioning to her current role as a marketing associate with USTA Florida. In this Q&A, she discusses her career path and her previous tennis management role in Tampa. Learn More.
Being a tennis professional extraordinaire is not just about being a good player. As a USPTA Elite Professional, the highest level of certification for a professional to teach tennis, Christin Thurston shows that helping people is the essence of being a tennis coach. Learn More.
Lead Racquet Technician
You can’t play tennis without a racquet, and that’s where Joel Disbro has focused his career for the past ten years. As a Master Racquet Technician, Joel helps professional tennis players get the most out of their game. Learn More.
Realizing that tennis was a path to enriching other peoples’ lives, Ed Tseng built on his experience as a tennis coach to develop a consulting business. As a performance consultant, he helps sports professionals, business leaders, and performers reach their full potential. Learn More.
Coaching Education Manager
David Ramos started off as a part-time tennis coach while seeking a career in illustration. But a PTM degree from Ferris State University was the key to what has become a very successful tennis career that combines his love of photography and video with the sport. Learn More.
Ian Westermann created one of the first online learning sites to specialize in tennis. He is the founder of Essential Tennis, a website that hosts courses, videos, and podcasts geared to help others improve their tennis game. Learn More.
USTA Director of Community Tennis Digital Products
A former professional tennis player on the ITF Tour, Alanna Broderick has since transitioned into an off-court tennis job role while still staying involved with the game she started playing at age 11. Her off-court work included a stint as USTA national manager of junior play before her current position as USTA Director of Digital Products for Community Tennis. Learn More.
- Anne Smudz
- Christin Thurston
- Joel Disbro
- Ed Tseng
- David Ramos
- Ian Westermann
- Alanna Broderick
The tennis industry is primed for growth, and becoming a certified teaching professional is one way to help build your career. The two organizations that certify individuals, the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) are now fully accredited by the USTA.