2022 USTA Eastern Annual Award Winners

December 07, 2022

With its annual awards, USTA Eastern honors those who have made remarkable contributions toward growing and promoting tennis at the grassroots level. These individuals and organizations demonstrate what makes the Eastern Section so unique and innovative. Please join us in congratulating our 2022 recipients for all their hard work in enriching our sport.


Click here for a downloadable list of all awards and their official descriptions.

Click here to look back at all of our award winners in each category since 1998.


2022 USTA Eastern Award Recipients


Lifetime Achievement Award: Steve Pekich (Western Region)


Tennis Man of the Year: Scott Axler (Long Island Region)


Tennis Woman of the Year: Janet Lefkowitz (Southern Region)


Member Organization of the Year: CourtSense (New Jersey Region)


Tennis Family of the Year: The Mann Family (Northern Region)


George Seewagen Award: Asim Sengun (New Jersey Region)


Louise Cilla Award: Marion Nies (Western Region)


Courage Award: Wil Murtaugh (Western Region)


Clinician of the Year Award: Wayne Martin (Western Region)


Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award: Steven Mingo (Metro Region)


Fran Osei Community Service Award: Phyllis Orlowski (Northern Region)


10 & Under Award: Christopher Morley Tennis - Hilary Bressler, Program Director (Long Island Region)


Junior Team Tennis Award: Christopher Galle (Western Region)


Collegiate Award: SUNY Cortland Club Tennis (Western Region)


USTA League Award: Amy Stohl (Western Region)


Virginia and Chuck Landis High School Coach of the Year Award: Steven Ferrantello (Long Island Region


Corporate Service Award: Cavalier Fitness (Western Region)


Press Service Award: Jacki Binder (Long Island Region)


Service To People with Disabilities Award (2): Billy Ciejka (Northern Region), Paige Mills (Western Region)


Umpire Service Award: Ogbonna Chilaka (Metro Region)


Special Service Award: Allon Lifshitz (Metro Region)


Long Island Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Mike Pavlides


Metro Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Sasha Thomas


New Jersey Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Marlies Carey


Northern Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Beth Pattison


Southern Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Giancarlo Palumbo


Western Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Gordon Panek



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