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USTA Northern

June 2017 Highlights

USTA Northern  |  June 16, 2017
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USTA Northern 2017 June Highlights

Membership Numbers

USTA Northern Individual Memberships
                          Juniors                    Adults                 Total        

May 2017          4,349                       6,908                  11,257
April 2017          4,571                        6,910                  11,481
USTA Northern Organization Memberships
                       Clubs       CTAs       Park & Recs           Schools        Service Orgs        Total

May 2017         25            64          46                               67                      23                  225
April 2017        25            61           47                                76                      23                  232
USTA Northern News & Notes

Tennis Providers…Join The Future Of Tennis By Becoming Part Of Net Generation
Tennis providers…the USTA is introducing a new youth tennis brand called Net Generation. ADVERTISEMENT Be part of the experience and receive FREE, customized world-class curricula and digital tools for your programs. Register today!

USTA Northern Hall Of Fame Nominations Due July 21    
Recognize those individuals who have given a lifetime to tennis by nominating them for the USTA Northern Hall of Fame. Nominations are currently being accepted online at until Friday, July 21. For more information about the USTA Northern Hall of Fame or to see the guiding criteria, please click here or contact Lisa Mushett at or at (952) 358-3282.

Register Now For 2017 Aquatennial Tennis Classic July 10-21 In Minneapolis
Registration is open for the 2017 Aquatennial Tennis Classic at Canadian Pacific Plaza (2nd Ave. & 5th Street) in downtown Minneapolis. Events include men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles with qualifying July 10-14 and main draw July 14-21. Players can play only two events. To register, click here. For more information, contact Lisa Mushett at or at (952) 358-3282.

Volunteers Needed For A Number of Upcoming Events
Volunteers are needed for a number of upcoming events around the Section. No experience necessary – just a smile. For a complete list of opportunites, click here. To sign-up, contact Mya Smith-Dennis at

Tickets On Sale Now For 2017 US Open

Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 US Open August 28-September 10. To order tickets, click here.

David Geatz, Terry Paukert To Be Inducted Into North Dakota Tennis Hall Of Fame
Congratulations to Grand Forks natives David Geatz and Terry Paukert, who will be inducted into the North Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame on June 24 at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks, N.D. as part of the China Garden Open. The ceremony is FREE to attend and open to all.

Junior News

Jackson Allen, Karin Young Finalists At National Level 2

Jackson Allen (Shakopee, Minn.) earned finalist honors in singles and doubles at the USTA National Boys 18s Level 2 Tournament at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Mo. Allen, who was seeded #2, won four matches before falling in the finals to top-seeded Alex Brown (Urbandale, Iowa). Brown also bested Allen (right) in the doubles finals as he and partner Brady Draheim (Prairie Village, Kan.) defeated Allen and Carson Haskins (Ballwin, Mo).
      Karin Young (Apple Valley, Minn.) earned doubles finalist honors at the USTA National Girls 14s Level 2 in Plainfield, N.J. Young and partner Saige Roshkoff (Haverford, Pa.) won three matches before falling in the finals to Mya Bird (Norfolk, Va.) and Robin Montgomery (Washington, DC) 7-5. Young also advanced to the round of 32 in singles.

Congratulations State Tournament Champions
Congratulations to the 2017 spring state tournament winners including:

Minnesota Boys
Class AA: Team: Minnetonka; Singles: Ben van der Sman (Woodbury East Ridge High School); Doubles: Nick Aney/Varun Iyer (Rochester Century); Class A: Team: The Blake School; Singles: Jack Barker (The Blake School); Doubles: Christopher Hall/Ben Ingbar (The Blake School)

North Dakota Girls
Team: Grand Forks Red River; Singles: Monti Knewtson (West Fargo Cheyenne, left); Doubles: Maddie Anderson/Maddie Johnson (Grand Forks Red River)

South Dakota Boys
Team: Sioux Falls Lincoln; Singles: Flight 1: Kaleb Dobbs (SF Lincoln); Flight 2: Sam Dobbs (SF Lincoln); Flight 3: Aidan DeBoer (SF Lincoln); Flight 4: Arjun Choudhry (SF Lincoln); Flight 5: Graham Leonard (SF Lincoln); Flight 6: Dawson Segrist (Rapid City Stevens). Doubles: Flight 1: Dobbs/Dobbs; Flight 2: DeBoer/Choudhry; Flight 3: Leonard/Akshay Choudhry (SF Lincoln).

12U Juniors Travel To All-Iowa Lawn Tennis Club For Inaugural Event

Six USTA Northern 12U juniors from Minnesota will be playing on the grass at the All-Iowa Lawn Tennis Club June 24-25 in Charles City, Iowa, for the Alex J. Kuhn Memorial Challenge Event. The Junior Team Tennis style event will pit the Minnesota players against top players from Iowa. It will also be featured on the national news program CBS This Morning.

Stars & Trophies 10U Youth Progression For Kids Ages 7-10

USTA Northern is mandating a new system of play for kids ages 7-10 years called the Stars & Trophies 10U Pathway. Designed to help players develop their fundamentals and get the most out of tennis, the Stars & Trophies 10U Pathway rewards kids for competing and inspires them to play more often. The mission is to clear each level by collecting a combination of 20 virtual participation stars and/or trophies. Players are able to collect stars and trophies through Play Days, Stars & Trophies 10U Orange and Green Ball Tournaments and 10U Junior/World Team Tennis. To learn more about the Stars & Trophies 10U Pathway, to register for your FREE Player account and to see how your child can earn stars and trophies, click here. For a schedule of events around the Section, click here. Questions? Contact Tricia Moorhead or Pat Colbert.

Adult News

League Section Dates and Locations Announced

Dates and locations have been announced for 2017 USTA Northern League Section Championships. Click here for a complete schedule.

Ruby Rott Wins Silver Medal At National Senior Games
Congratulations to Ruby Rott (St. Paul, Minn.), who won the silver medal in the women’s 80s draw at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala. Rott (right) lost a heartbreaker to Ann James (Pataskala, Ohio) 6-2, 2-6, 12-10 in the gold medal match.

Community Tennis News
Add Blended Lines To Your Courts Today For FREE
USTA National is offering to cover 100 percent of the costs to add blended lines to your existing tennis courts through December 1. For more information, contact Christine Nickels at or at (952) 358-3290.

Recycle Your Unused Devices For Serving Up Love Campaign

Have a couple of old smartphones or tablets taking up space in a drawer somewhere at your office or in your home? Now is the time to clear out the clutter by recycling those devices as USTA Northern is partnering with Minneapolis-based company Tetchy Tech to benefit USTA Northern’s Serving Up Love campaign.
      Tetchy Tech will buy back your device, giving you the opportunity to donate up to 100 percent of the buy-back price, if you choose, to the Serving Up Love campaign which supports youth tennis initiatives for under resourced kids in USTA Northern. Tetchy Tech also pledges 5% of all money paid out to sellers who do not choose the Give-Back option to a dedicated Give-Back Fund which also benefits Serving Up Love. No matter what option you choose, USTA Northern and the environment benefit. It is a win-win for everyone!
      Tetchy Tech accepts working and broken devices including Apple iphones, ipads, iPods, Apple TVs and Apple Watches. They also accept Android smartphones and tablets from Samsung, LG, Motorola and HTC.
      Get started today by visiting to donate your device. For more information, contact Sandy Smith at (952) 358-3288.

May Community Tennis Grant and High School Facility Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the following communities and organizations who received Community Tennis Grants in May:
      • $2,900 to Bismarck Parks and Recreation to pilot adding tennis at five existing BLAST after-school program sites.
      • $3,000 to Southdale YMCA to add tennis to their sports offerings starting with a new summer tennis lesson program.
      • $3,000 to Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center to create a new TennisWorks STEM Camp in partnership with Macalester College.

Also, the following high school received Facilities Equipment Grant ($500 to each):

      • MN - Harding High School, Mankato Public Schools, and Sleepy Eye High School
      • WI - Menomonie High School
      • ND - Valley City Public Schools

Help Raise $$$ For Serving Up Love By Running Twin Cities Marathon Events

USTA Northern still has openings for runners to participate on its Serving Up Love running team at the Twin Cities 5K, 10K, 10 Mile and Marathon in October. For more information, please contact Christine Nickels at (952) 358-3290.

Schedule Your Rally The Family Event
USTA Northern is encouraging all organizations and providers to host a FREE Rally The Family Event for your community. This initiative focuses on introducing tennis to all ages and ability levels using modified equipment in a family setting. There are marketing grants available for those providers running an event for the first time. You can also complete a donation request form if you are in need of a visiting pro, prizes, etc. Please let the Section office know your date so we can add it to our master list of events that will be promoted throughout the spring, by contacting Lisa Mushett at (952) 358-3282.

Org Member Discount T-Shirt Program Back
Org Members ... now is the last chance to order discounted t-shirts for 2017. T-shirts are only $6. Orders must be completed June 16-26, 2017 (ship date July 10). To order online, click here. For more information, please contact Sandy Smith at (952) 358-3288.

Do You Have High School Players In Need Of Tennis Equipment?

If you have players who do not have the financial resources to purchase tennis equipment, USTA Northern may be able to help. Please communicate their needs by completing this short form.

Tennis Equipment Grants Up To $300 Available
Replenish your tennis equipment with a buy one, get one free matching equipment grant (up to $300). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Click here for more information.

Need Prize Packs or Marketing Grants For FREE Community Events?

Prize pack coupons or $100 marketing grants are available to communities hosting free community tennis events, such as a Rally the Family or Tennis Block Parties.  Request support by clicking here.

USTA Northern Still Taking Donations For Play It Forward Campaign
With the upcoming high school tennis season, many teams are still looking for new or gently-used tennis equipment.  Please bring any donations to the USTA Northern office at 1001 W 98th Street, Suite 101, Bloomington or contact Sandy Smith. If you know of a high school team in need, please complete the following request form.

Set Up A Tennis Training Today
USTA Northern offers many low-cost tennis training opportunities for teachers, coaches, parents and others interested in growing the game. For more information about bringing a training to your school or community, click here or contact Mya Smith-Dennis at (952) 358-3289.

Donate Today To The Urban Youth Tennis & Education Campaign And Have Your Donation Matched
USTA Northern and Youthprise have joined forces to support tennis and education programs targeting underserved youth in the Twin Cities through the Urban Youth Tennis & Education Campaign. This initiative directly supports the collaborative efforts of local partners (InnerCity Tennis, Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center and St. Paul Urban Tennis) that bring tennis to underserved youth and use the sport as a channel for emotional, physical and academic development. Youthprise has pledged to match all donations, up to $125,000!
     Contributions collected since the start of the campaign are making an impact this school year by funding a series of free indoor tennis nights, a Level 8 tournament series, shared bus transportation to tennis and leadership programs and a new pathway manager position.
     Click here and donate today. Or you can send a check, payable to Youthprise, and note in the memo line: Urban Youth Tennis & Education Fund to Youthprise, 615 First Avenue NE, Suite 125, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

Org Referral Program Back; Receive $5 For Each New Member You Recruit

Want to grow the game of tennis and be rewarded? USTA Northern is offering a Member Referral Program to our Organizational Members. For every new adult or junior USTA member you recruit, USTA Northern will reward you $5. Click here for a bulk membership form.

Want To Volunteer With USTA Northern? Register In Our Volunteer Network

Are you passionate about tennis and interested in giving back to the game you love? Then you've come to the right place. USTA Northern has a rich history of dedicated volunteers, all of whom share the same fundamental drive that gives them the passion to volunteer: they all love tennis. Prior volunteer experience is not required! Fill out a volunteer form today. For additional information, please contact Sandy Smith  at 952-358-3288.

FREE USTA Marketing Resources Site

The USTA has introduced a new Marketing Resources site that is much more robust and easier to use. The site has two areas – Learn and Promote. Through the Learn area of the site, many video and workbook resources are available on a variety of topics including Rules and Regulations, Sales, Tips/Videos/Drills, USTA Program How-To and more. The Promote side offers FREE marketing tools such as posters, flyers, press releases and more. To take advantage of the site, visit

Other USTA Northern Notes, Special Offers and Promotions

Stay Connected To USTA Northern Via Social Media

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FREE USTA Membership For Kids 10 and Under For 2017

The USTA is offering a free 1-year membership to all first-time members who are 10 and under between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. To register your child, please visit and enter source code FYF17CNS or call (800) 990-8782.

Kids 10 and Under…Renew Your Membership For Only $10
Kids who took advantage of the free 10U membership can now get a second year for only $10. Visit or call (800) 990-8782 and use source code 10NORTH17.  

Contact Us: For more information about USTA Northern information and events, please contact Lisa Mushett at or at (952) 358-328


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