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2007 Award - Southern Tennis Professional of the Year

Southern Tennis Professional of the Year Award
Awarded annually to a tennis professional in the Southern Section that demonstrates a significant contribution to the game of tennis through their promotion of the USTA’s programs and their support of the USTA Mission Statement.

Craig S. Jones
Martinez, GA
One of the nation’s leading advocates of tennis, Craig Jones has been committed to growing the game for nearly twenty years. An established USTA High Performance Coach, his list of achievements and accolades have been racking up since he embraced and began implementing the QuickStart format. Recently named as the 2007 Junior Development Champion of Tennis for his work in USTA QuickStart Tennis, Jones has been instrumental in bringing tennis to kids.

Director of Tennis and owner of Petersburg Racquet Club in Martinez, GA, Craig and his staff started the country’s first 8-and-under Jr. Team Tennis league using QuickStart in January of 2007. Due to the popularity of the new format, they went on to host the first ever QuickStart tournament using 36 and 60 foot courts. With the explosive growth of junior players, Jones has added additional courts- some with permanent QuickStart lines- to keep up with the demand.

With over 300 juniors, Craig’s exemplary junior program has drawn attention. Jones has traveled around the country presenting the program at workshops such as the 2007 USTA National Community Development Workshop, Georgia Professional Tennis Association, USTA Tennis Teachers Conference, 2007 Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association Workshop, Chicago Indoor Tennis Association Workshop, USPTA Alabama, and USTA Georgia Jr. Team Tennis Coordinators.

“Craig is a respected high-performance coach, but he also sees the big picture of needing to find new ways to attract and retain players,” says Kirk Anderson, Director of USTA’s Recreational Coaches and Programs.

In 2007, Jones was also named GPTA’s Director of the Year for large facilities, USTA Georgia Pro of the Year and USTA/USPTA Community Service Award recipient.


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