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Racquet Club Of South Named Regional Training Center

December 12, 2008 09:35 AM
The Racquet Club of the South in Atlanta was named one the first two USTA Certified Regional Training Centers, the USTA announced. It's the latest step in the USTA's expanded efforts to develop future American tennis champions.

The USTA Certified Regional Training Centers will expand the USTA Player Development program’s reach throughout the country by partnering with academies, clubs and tennis centers that have a proven record of identifying and developing tennis players. The USTA plans to name approximately a dozen Certified Regional Training Centers during the next five years. The Junior Tennis Champions Center in Washington, D.C. was also named.

“This is the start of the USTA’s new philosophy regarding player development,” said Gordon Smith, Executive Director, USTA. “We will continue to reach out to new partners throughout the country that share a similar vision – all with the goal of creating future American tennis champions.”

In addition to continuing their already existing programs, the USTA Certified Regional Training Centers will now also host USTA training camps for players in their region ages 10-14. These players will be selected in conjunction with the USTA national coaching staff and their respective USTA Section Coaches Commission. The Centers also will help identify talent in players as young as 6-years-old, run QuickStart* tennis programs and host QuickStart tournaments for players 8-and-under and 10-and-under.

The camps will be staffed by the top coaches at the USTA Certified Regional Training Centers with assistance from the USTA national coaching staff. The coaches at the USTA Certified Regional Training Centers also will serve as an extension of the USTA Coaching Education program by working with and training the top coaches in their region and respective USTA Section. Additionally, the coaches will attend training sessions at the USTA National Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.

“We have built a coaching philosophy among our national coaching staff that we are eager to share with the coaches working in the private sector,” said Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, USTA Player Development. “At the same time, through our partnerships with these facilities, we can learn from the personal coaches in the field who are developing our best young talent. We feel strongly that together we can work towards our common goal – developing American champions.”

The Racquet Club of the South is one of the largest tennis facilities in the Southeast. The facility has 28 courts, with 26 lit, 8 indoor/climate controlled, 4 har-tru clay courts and 16 hard courts, and is the home of the RCA Tennis Academy. 2008 United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year Brian DeVilliers, Steve Gareleck and Grant Stafford comprise the management team at the facility. The

The new USTA Player Development unit has been created to identify and develop the next generation of American champions by surrounding the top junior players and young pros with the resources, facilities and coaching they need to reach their maximum potential.




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