Hawaii Pacific | October 4, 2017
Aloha USTA HPS members,
I hope you are well!
It has been a while since I have communicated directly to you. I plan to communicate to you on a bi-monthly basis and keep you updated on the latest USTA and tennis news.
Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Renovation
The USTA is in the middle of a sweeping renovation of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center renovation in Flushing, New York. The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium and two new stadium courts are complete. The retractable roof over Louis Armstrong Stadium will be completed before the 2018 U S Open. The renovation is on time and on budget.
The USTA National Campus: the Home of American Tennis
The USTA National Campus located in Orlando, Florida is completed and officially debuted in 2017. The innovative new facility, also known as the Home of American Tennis, has a goal of enhancing the sport at every level and creating an unparalleled playing, training and educational experience for players, coaches and spectators.
The USTA National Campus features 100 courts and houses the USTA Community Tennis and Player Development divisions.
Net Generation: To Inspire Future Champions
Net Generation is a new kid-friendly approach to tennis that hopes to inspire the next generation of young tennis players. The revolutionary new brand, Net Generation, will provide American tennis with one unified you brand for children to get into the sport, making it easier for children and their parents to learn about tennis and get into the game in schools, parks and tennis clubs across the country. The movement embraces all aspects of youth play for kids ages 5-18.
Professional Tennis in Hawaii
The Tennis Championships of Maui has been cancelled due to a conflict with a series of new, higher level prize money tournaments during the same time period. The Tennis Championships of Maui was near and dear to our hearts and we are sorry to see it cancelled from the USTA Pro Circuit calendar.
I am pleased to let you know that we will add two combined men’s and women’s tournaments on May 28 and June, 4, 2018 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. These $25,000 Challenger tournaments will feature top ranked men 50 and over and top ranked women 30 and over. The centrally located University of Hawaii has 12 championship lighted tennis courts, shaded spectator seating and plenty of parking. The University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University will partner with the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section to host these events.
The PowerShares Series, founded by former world number one Jim Courier in 2004, will come to Hawaii for the first time in 2018. Four legendary tennis stars will compete in a high stakes format playing in a one set semi-finals and the title in a championship match. The PowerShares Series will take place at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows in April 2018. The Series will include a two hour television broadcast on the Tennis Channel, Fox Sports and Comcast.
USTA Hawaii Pacific Section Staff
We have historically had eight full time staff with little turnover. This year we have four new staff members:
• Sara Yoshinaga: Director of Adult Tennis
• Roman Kop: Director of Schools Tennis
• Christine Nip: Director of Marketing and Communication
• Kristina Adams: Community Tennis Coordinator
We have an excellent staff and I am pleased to see more diversity in terms of ethnicity and age.
A couple of months ago we migrated from our local USTA Hawaii Pacific Section web site to the national USTA.COM web site. We have experienced some problems with finding our USTA Hawaii Pacific Section information on USTA.COM. We are working with the national USTA to correct the problem and to get all of our Section information posted.
You have our sincere apologies for any inconvenience that this may have caused you.
A couple of months ago, the national USTA made some revisions to TennisLink that created a series of problems that are not yet resolved. The national USTA is working 24 / 7 to correct the problems and to make TennisLink problem free and user friendly.
Again, you have our sincere apologies for any inconvenience that this may have caused you.
If you experience any TennisLink problems please email the appropriate USTA HPS staff member or me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to get your issue resolved as soon as possible.
Thank you very much for being a USTA member. We appreciate your support of USTA programs and tennis in general. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or call at 808-585-9526.
Thank you again. I hope that you will play more tennis and enjoy this great sport of a lifetime.
Executive Director, Hawaii Pacific Section