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New England

Tennis Weekend Speakers

The 2020 New England Tennis Weekend will feature eight virtual sessions presented by local and national industry leaders. Read below to see the session titles and presenter bios. 
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USTA New England's 2021 Vision with Executive Director and COO, Matt Olson & Staff
Session Description

Join the USTA team as we kick off our virtual 2020 Tennis Weekend with this opening session! Hear from staff members in each of our key areas about plans and goals for 2021. Bring your questions for the Q&A portion at the end of the session.

How Anyone Can Coach Adaptive & Wheelchair Tennis with Thomas Dodd & Miyako Kinoshita 
Session Description

Join us as we explore the opportunities that lie within adding teaching wheelchair tennis, adaptive tennis, or both to your repertoire! In this session, we will address the technical adaptations and also learn how to work with these awesome populations by clearing up the many questions that one might have prior to coaching or volunteering with a wheelchair or adaptive tennis program.


Thomas Dodd Bio

Thomas Dodd has been playing wheelchair tennis for the past 12 years. He is the chair of USTA New England’s Wheelchair Committee, a menmber of USTA's National Wheelchair Committee and is the president of South Coast Wheelchair Tennis Foundation, which is responsible for hosting more than 30 wheelchair clinics a year in New England. Dodd has been running wheelchair clinics since 2012, and in 2016, he made it official by founding his CTA, South Coast Wheelchair Tennis Foundation, to more effectively promote the sport. From the first time Thomas attended a wheelchair tennis clinic, he knew it would be a sport he'd be involved with for the rest of his life.

Miyako Kinoshita Bio

Miyako Kinoshita, MS. ED,  has worked with children with disabilities for over 23 years. She taught horseback riding to people with various disabilities as a certified therapeutic riding instructor, a teacher, and for the last 12 years as a school administrator. Miyako always has believed that people with special needs can enjoy sports and activities safely with some adaptive equipment and differentiated instructions. After serving on the national board on Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, Miyako decided to volunteer for USTA with the hope that tennis will be more accessible to people with disabilities. A competitive USTA tennis player herself, her dream is for tennis to become a sport of choice for people with various needs. Miyako currently serves as the USTA New England Adaptive Committee Chair. 


Increasing Revenue with Tennis Ambassadors with Marilyn Sherman

Session Description

Do you want help attracting new players to your facility or program? Tennis Ambassadors serve as volunteers and use their passion for tennis to recruit more players. Learn more about USTA's Tennis Ambassador program and how utilizing ambassadors and their network of influence can grow your business in this session. 

Marilyn Sherman Bio

Marilyn Sherman is the National Promotions Manager for USTA League and is the lead on the Tennis Ambassadors initiative. Sherman began her tennis career as a Tennis Professional at public tennis centers & country clubs in FL, NC and GA before serving as Director of Adult Tennis for the USTA Southern Section for 15 years. As a volunteer, she served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Tennis Association while living there and relocated in 2015 to Orlando, FL to join the national staff at the USTA National Campus. She is humbled by the Marilyn Sherman Spirit Award given each year by USTA Southern to an individual who demonstrates great passion and enthusiasm for growing the game and the Marilyn Sherman Annual Scholarship given to a Dallas Tennis & Education Academy junior girl pursuing a college degree.

How to Advocate for Tennis in Your Community with Pete Francesconi & Robin Jones
Session Description

Advocating for tennis in your community is an ongoing key to growing tennis participation and to growing all aspects of the tennis business. Our session and panel of experts will offer ways you and your organization or business can advocate for tennis—from the important partnerships you need to develop and continue to cultivate in your community, to promoting the benefit of the sport for local residents, to getting courts or facilities built or renovated, and much more. 



How Serve Tennis Can Help Your Business with Peter Hall


Session Description

Learn about the exciting features of the USTA's new flexible digital tool that helps you manage your tennis organization or individual business all in one place. We will demonstrate the website, contacts, court booking and programming modules currently available in Serve Tennis as well as how to get started with creating an account and setting up payments. 


Peter Hall Bio

Peter Hall is a current Technical Support Specialist for the Serve Tennis Platform. Peter had a wealth of experience in the Tennis Industry, from time spent coaching both in the US and overseas, as well as numerous years in the tennis software industry and business development side of tennis operations.


Teaching Mental Toughness to Players with Brian Lomax


Session Description 

Mental toughness is a critical part of being successful on and off the tennis court. In this session, you will learn the basic building blocks of mental toughness, and how to teach them to your clients. These basic behaviors will drive confidence, focus, resilience, and emotional control.


Brian Lomax Bio

Brian Lomax, M.Ed., is an expert mental skills trainer, competitive tennis player, and USPTA Professional.  He is also the author of The Mentally Tough Competitor: Mindsets and Perspectives to Achieve Excellence.  His students include locally and nationally ranked junior players as well as a number of Division 1 college sports teams.  He has coached tennis at Boston College and Bryant University, helping both programs to NCAA tournament appearances.  As a competitive player, Brian’s career best ranking was number 2 in the US in the Men’s 35s singles division in 2006.

Open Forum - Facility Leaders Discuss How to Navigate this Challenging Time with Chris Marra & Panelists


Session Description

As we continue to deal with the pandemic in the tennis community, a panel of tennis directors, pros and facility managers will lead a discussion and answer your questions and share ideas about how to get through these unprecedented times. You will be able to submit questions before the session as well as ask them live to our panel. 



Chris Marra - Director of Tennis, Guilford Racquet & Swim Club, Guilford, CT

Angelo Rossetti - USTA Connecticut President & Director of Racquet Sports, Tennis & Fitness Center of Rocky Hill, CT

Lance Andersen - USTA Eastern Mass President & Cardio Tennis Director, Wayside Athletic Club, Marlborough, MA

Seth Meyer - Tennis Director & Head Professional, Midcoast Recreation Center, Rockport, ME

Karen Fawthrop - USTA Western Massachusetts President & Owner of Enfield Tennis Club in Enfield, CT

 Online Marketing presented by USPTA with Thomas Le 
Session Description

Everyone searches online for goods and services. This course will share some readily available tools to enhance your online presence, steady traffic and attract more business. A simple and effective marketing strategy will be outlined to help you stand out in your area and really aim to increase your revenue.

Thomas Le Bio

Thomas returned to Tennis after many years in business consulting and sales. In 2003, Tom founded NorCal Tennis Academy, an award-winning academy based in the Northern California area, specializing in competitive player development. Tom also works with many college players and ITF juniors in transitioning onto the ITF-WTA pro circuit. Tom was named Coach of the Year in 2015 by USTA Northern California and served on the board of directors for the USPTA Northern California from 2015-2019.


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