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These first-hand perspectives from PTM grads and tennis industry professionals take you behind the scenes, as they discuss their career trajectories, day-to-day responsibilities and more.
Director of Junior Tennis
Anne Smudz, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Manager of Junior Play
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 digital product manager for Net Generation at the USTA.