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Awards & Achievements, December 2011

December 1, 2011 09:41 AM
Southern players and organizations are constantly making their mark in the world of tennis. Here's a list of recent awards, achievements and news in December 2011.
Two from Georgia win industry awards
Racquet Sports Industry magazine has honored a stringer and a business based in Georgia with its Champions of Tennis 2011 awards.
The Stringer of the Year, Todd Mobley, from Cumming, Ga., strings both professional and recreation tennis players’ racquets. He’s been stringing for about 25 years offering stringing services to different companies.
According to Ron Rocchi, Wilson’s global tour equipment manager, who also runs the Wilson/Luxilon tournament stringing team, says Mobley understands the value of customer service.
"He’s excellent at matching up players with the right strings, and the right racquets. When he’s not stringing at a pro event, he’s very much in demand with recreational players," said Rocchi. Mobley owns and operates the Company Stadium Tennis that’s located within James Creek Tennis Center in Cumming, Ga. He’s estimated at stringing over 40,000 frames throughout his career.
The Chain Retailer/Mass Merchant of the Year, PGA Tour Superstores, has locations throughout the United States, totaling 11 stores to date. Since hiring a former tennis specialty store owner, Tiffany Grayson, the stores sales have skyrocketed.
"Overall, our tennis business is up 38 percent year to date. We had a massive change in assortment, broadening some things, and trying new things – and they paid off," said Grayson.
Some tips for success include getting involved in the community, sell 10 and under tennis equipment, and emphasize service with well-informed staff that knows how to take care of their customers.
Southern organizations receive USTA Wheelchair Program Grants
The USTA announced today that, for the fourth consecutive year, it is awarding $50,000 in USTA Grassroots Wheelchair Program Grants to 16 wheelchair tennis programs across the country.
Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities. Since the inaugural grants in 2008, the total pool of USTA wheelchair tennis grant money has increased each year. Grant amounts were based on each program's existing budget and the future programming needs of the organization. Recipients can use the award to fund a variety of needs, including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events (tournaments, camps, etc.).
Three grants went to Georgia organizations:
  • Georgia Tennis Foundation, Atlanta
  • Henry County Parks & Recreation, Locust Grove, Ga.
  • Walton Foundation for Independence, Augusta, Ga.
Additional USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grant opportunities will be announced in 2012. Organizations that are interested in starting a wheelchair tennis program or would like more information about wheelchair tennis can email wheelchairinfo@usta.com.



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