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Jorge Andrew, Tennis Director at the Lexington County Tennis Complex, Earns USPTA Master Professional Distinction

September 19, 2003 01:09 PM

South Carolina's Jorge Andrew, Mexico's Manuel S. Cervantes, California's Glen Howe and Texas' Jack Newman earned recognition as Master Professionals in the United States Professional Tennis Association, the highest professional rating offered by that organization.

Of the USPTA's 12,500 members, only approximately one percent have achieved the Master Professional designation. The four were recognized on Friday, September 19 during an awards presentation at the 76th World Conference on Tennis at The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, FL.

“Becoming a Master Professional requires meeting a variety of personal and professional challenges,” said USPTA CEO Tim Heckler. “Those who accomplish it acquire a set of skills that can set them apart in tennis operations and programming.”

Before becoming eligible for the Master Professional designation, members must hold USPTA’s highest certification rating (Professional 1) for more than 10 years . Then, each must fulfill a broad spectrum of requirements, including making significant achievements in areas such as tennis teaching and coaching, business, education and volunteer work.

Biographies of the new USPTA Master Professionals follow.

Jorge Andrew, tennis director at the Lexington County (SC) Tennis Complex
Jorge Andrew played Davis Cup for Venezuela for 18 years and was captain in 1983-84. During his playing career, he competed at Wimbledon and the U.S., French and Australian opens. He is an alumni member of the ATP tour. Andrew, a graduate of the University of Corpus Christi (Texas), has more than 20 years of professional tennis management experience. He is a USPTA Specialist in Competitive Player Development. He has been tennis director at the Lexington County Tennis Complex, where he manages all tennis operations and owns the pro shop, since 2002. He is on the national advisory staff for HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports.

Manuel S. Cervantes, director of tennis and head tennis professional at Campestre Juarez in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Manuel Cervantes’ work experience has included commercial and country clubs, resorts and academies during his 20 years as a tennis professional. The Mexico native played college tennis in the United States and earned two undergraduate degrees: in physics from Northeast Missouri State University and in metallurgical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He played satellite and professional tournaments for five years. Cervantes has worked in Mexico since 1990, and been head tennis professional at Campestre Juarez since 1998. He is a USPTA Specialist in Competitive Player Development.

Glen Howe, director of tennis at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA
Glen Howe was USPTA’s Facility Manager of the Year in 2001, and has been named Professional of the Year by the USPTA Middle States Division and USTA Middle States Section. He has been a pro shop owner for more than 17 years, and has owned, managed and supervised construction at several facilities. He played collegiate tennis at Christopher Newport College in Newport News, Va., where he won singles and doubles championship titles. Howe is a USPTA Specialist in Competitive Player Development, and has been director of tennis at Braemar Country Club since 2002.

Jack Newman, founder and managing director of the Austin (TX) Tennis Academy
Jack Newman has specialized in junior development coaching and administration for 20 years. In 2002, he founded the Austin Tennis Academy, based at the Barton Creek Club and Resort, and previously directed St. Stephen’s Tennis Academy in Austin. The Claremont (Calif.) Men’s College graduate has been a speaker and author for regional and national tennis conferences and publications, as well as a volunteer for USPTA and USTA. In 1996, he received the USTA Texas Section Lloyd Sessions Educational Merit Award and the USPTA Texas Division’s Coach of the Year award.

About the USPTA
Founded in 1927, USPTA is the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals. It strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. The association offers more than 30 professional benefits for its members, including certification and extensive educational opportunities. It also works with organizations such as USTA, TIA, CMAA and IHRSA to improve tennis programming. More information is available at www.uspta.com.




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