It’s a brand new month which means USTA Florida will be serving up brand new episodes of the Here to Serve podcast series.

The Here to Serve series was launched in April to keep the Florida tennis community informed on USTA Florida’s return to play efforts amid the COVID-19 environment. Each episode features a question and answer session with the organization’s program directors about what is being done to re-imagine programs and play. Members of the state’s vast tennis community are invited and encouraged to share their ideas and thoughts.

Tentative schedule of upcoming topics:

Aug. 5th             High School Tennis
USTA Florida continues the discussion of school tennis this week with the potential return to high school tennis play. Tune in to hear what three of our long-time high school coaches, Dede Allen, Todd Rubenstein and USTA Florida’s own Thad Hawkes, had to say about the prospects for play this year.  

Aug. 12th            Future of College Tennis and Tennis on Campus
With colleges reducing in-person classes and college sports on hold, what will the future of College Tennis look like in Florida this year?  Tune in as USTA Florida Board member and St. Pete College Coach Phil Girardi shares his views with USTA Florida’s college tennis resident expert Andy Gladstone.  

Aug. 19th          COVID’s Effect on USTA Sectional Play
USTA Florida Executive Director Laura Bowen joins Delray Beach Open Tournament Director Ivan Baron on the DBO Live Facebook Series to discuss COVID-19’s effect on the future of USTA Florida tennis.

Want to get involved in the conversation? Episodes in the podcast series are released every Wednesday on the USTA Florida Facebook page to promote discussion. They are also available through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and iHeart Radio.

Have a question but can’t find a specific answer? Check out the FAQ section of, where several frequently asked questions relating to general play and USTA Florida programs and products have been answered.

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