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On this Here to Serve Podcast, discover the latest developments and impactful initiatives of the USTA Florida Foundation. Join Elizabeth DeConti, USTA Florida Foundation Board President, and Donn Davis, USTA Florida Foundation Board Vice President, as they delve into the Foundation’s mission of growing tennis programs, promoting inclusivity, and making a difference in communities. Gain valuable insights into their scholarships, grants, and collaborative efforts with partners. If you’re passionate about tennis, community development, or the transformative power of sports philanthropy, this conversation is a must-listen.


Join us for a special edition of USTA Florida’s “Here to Serve” podcast as we celebrate Jewish Heritage Month with guest Steven Foldes, former circuit tennis player currently with Evensky & Katz / Foldes Wealth Management. Discover Steven’s unique life story and his deep connection to tennis. Explore Jewish Heritage Month and its significance, as well as ways to promote inclusivity in our sport. Learn more about the interplay between tennis and the Jewish community, including the Maccabi Games. Don’t miss this enlightening conversation and gain a deeper appreciation for Jewish heritage. Tune in now!


It’s National Tennis Month! On the latest Here to Serve podcast we chat with Greg Lappin, USTA Delivery Council Chair, and Robin Jones, USTA Senior Facility Consultant for USTA Tennis Venue Services Team. We dive into the various activities happening for National Tennis Month and how our audience can get involved, as well as the resources available for providers to deliver more tennis this month and year-round. We also chat with our guests about the biggest challenges facing tennis today and what we can do to keep it growing for many years to come!



On this USTA Florida Here to Serve podcast episode USTA Florida Executive Director, Laura Bowen is joined by USTA Managing Director of Engagement & Services, Mickey Maule, and Tennis Industry Association, Executive Director, Bryan White to break down the latest data from the 2023 Tennis Participation Report. Learn about how tennis had another year of growth and what the sport will look like throughout the year! View Florida’s Tennis Participation Summary Report here.


In the ongoing celebration of Women’s History Month, this USTA Florida Here to Serve podcast episode officially announces the expansion of our “Women in Tennis” initiative that was first launched in 2021. USTA Florida Executive Director Laura Bowen, Immediate Past President, Dana Andrews, and Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay, Mason Cathey Brady, discuss the new plans and efforts that are being made to get more women and girls involved with tennis. To learn more about USTA Florida’s expanded Women in Tennis initiative, click here.


In this Women’s History Month episode of the Here to Serve podcast, USTA’s Managing Director of Major Events Megan Rose and USTA Florida’s Director of Community Tennis Danielle Gooding discuss women in sports, the Billie Jean King Cup, USTA Florida’s All-Girls Camp held at the Billie Jean King Cup in Delray Beach, and more! For more on the Billie Jean King Cup, visit For more on the All-Girls Camp held at the Billie Jean King Cup in Delray Beach, visit


In this episode of the Here to Serve podcast, we chat with George Henry, former Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Bethune-Cookman University to learn about his tennis journey, experiences and research on Increasing African American Tennis Player Participation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

To view George Henry’s thesis, click here:


USTA Chairman of the Board and Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA, Dr. Brian Hainline joins the latest edition of Here to Serve to talk about the many benefits the sport of tennis has on your mental, emotional, and physical health in this special Heart Month episode of the podcast.



Join us on the latest episode of the Here to Serve Podcast as we celebrate Black History Month by sitting down with Charlene Farrington, Executive Director of the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum. We delve into the importance of the work being done at the Spady Museum and the significant role in educating the community about the contributions of African Americans to our state. To learn more about Florida’s African American culture and other ethnically diverse history visit (Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network).


It’s time for high school tennis season! We sat down to chat with Lake Nona High School tennis coach and USTA Director of Digital Strategy and Business Development who share their insight on making the experience fun and successful for coaches, players, and parents! Take a listen and head to the high school tennis ( for more resources and tips.



What can USTA Florida players expect as we head into the new year? Executive Director Laura Bown is joined by USTA Florida staff Jason Gilbert, Christine Ducey, and Danielle Gooding as they share what they’re looking forward to in Florida Tennis in 2023.

Dec. 7th - You Ask, We Answer: Mythbusters Edition

In this end of the year special episode, we ask Executive Director Laura Bowen some popular myths around USTA Florida and the Florida tennis community.

View the Here to Serve episode with USTA CEO Lew Sherr here:

November 23rd - President Chat: Strategic Priorities

In the latest #HereToServe podcast, we sit down to chat with new board President, Phil Girardi to chat about the strategic priorities for the organization and what that means for tennis in the state of Florida. #FloridaTennis

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November 9th - Hurricane Relief

Hurricane season is something that affects everyone in the state of Florida. In the latest Here to Serve podcast, USTA Florida President Dana Andrews and USTA Florida Section Foundation President Donn Davis join Laura Bowen to talk about hurricane relief and how the section is helping the impacted tennis community in Florida.

While so many are rebuilding their lives, you can play a role by helping the facilities that provide a safe place for kids, families, and friends to come together as a community through the USTA Florida Section Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund. Visit to donate! #FloridaTennis


October 26th - Tennis eSports & Gamification

Tennis in virtual reality is here! Greg Gettinger, the founder of Tennis eSports joins Laura Bowen on the latest Here to Serve Podcast to chat about the digital gamification of tennis and expanding the tennis presence across the virtual landscape.

All members and players from USTA Florida are eligible to receive a free key to download the Tennis eSports application, a $29.99 value.


Join USTA Florida Board President-elect Phil Girardi with Board President Dana Andrews and Executive Director Laura Bowen on the latest podcast! They break down all things related to the company’s annual meeting, including what it is, why we do it and how you can get involved in the organization moving forward.


In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, USTA Florida Board of Directors Treasurer Marcelo Gouts and USTA Florida IT Technology Partner Carlos Perez join the #HereToServe podcast to discuss their personal heritage, a passion for bringing tennis to the Hispanic community in central Florida, and we discuss what we can do to further advance equality in tennis for everyone.

August 31st - High School Tennis, Resources, Trainings, Grant Opportunities & More!

Join USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Danielle Gooding and USTA Florida Foundation Grants Officer Cameron Wood as they discuss High School Tennis, including resources, trainings, grant opportunities and more to support programs across the state. This podcast is dedicated to Laurie Martin, Chair of USTA High School Committee and tireless advocate for growing high school tennis. Help us honor her memory by donating to her memorial fund:

August 17th - Junior Team Tennis and Team Play

Elizabeth Spicer, part of our youth tennis staff joined us in the latest Here to Serve podcast to chat about all things team tennis related and the Junior Team Tennis program!

August 3rd - CEO Chat: USTA Priorities

We sit down with new USTA CEO, Lew Sherr and hear his vision for the sport and how the US Open will continue to level up to be competitive with other Grand Slams.

July 20th - USTA Sanctioning Process

With the sanctioning window to apply for 2023 Florida tournaments opening in September, we cover what sanctioning is, why tournament directors are required to get sanctioned, and give insight into how to make the application process an easy one.

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July 6th - Courageous Conversations

Ever been invited, yet still didn’t feel you belonged? In this episode of the Here to Serve podcast, we sit down with I Follow the Leader CEO, Antoinetta Mosley and discuss how having courageous conversations allows diversity, equity and inclusion to thrive on and off the court.

June 22nd - Spotlighting Black Coaches In Our Tennis Community

In this episode of the Here to Serve podcast, we speak with Black tennis coaches in the community as they reflect on how they got started, how we can attract more diverse players and coaches, and the impact that having more representation will have on the sport.

June 8th - ITF World Tennis Number Explained

USTA is partnering with ITF World Tennis Number (WTN) to provide a global standard for players regardless of age, gender, or ability. Our guests on this Here to Serve episode join us to discuss the benefits of WTN and how it will be incorporated into the current tournament structure. Find your WTN on your USTA player profile today!

May 25th - Tennis is Goooooood For You!

Sport psychologist, Dr. Larry Lauer and fitness enthusiast and Cardio Tennis Instructor, Michele Krause speak to the many benefits the sport of tennis has on your mental, emotional and physical health in this special National Tennis Month episode of Here to Serve. Tune in for the science behind the fun sport of tennis!


Play Tennis Gainesville Head Pro, Christopher Champion joins the Here to Serve podcast to kick off summer! Summer camps in Florida are BIG and have a lasting impact on players who participate. Don’t miss this HOT episode!

April 27th - Special Olympics

On the latest edition of the Here to Serve Podcast, USTA Florida Executive Director Laura Bowen chats with the CEO of Special Olympics Florida, Sherry Wheelock, about all things tennis and Special Olympics, including the state and USA games hosted in Orlando, Florida!

April 13th - Autism Awareness Month

Tune in to the latest edition of the Here to Serve podcast to learn more about Ethan Katz’s superpower as we celebrate #AutismAwarenessMonth in this episode of the podcast! Love Serving Autism Founder Lisa Pugliese-LaCroix and program participants Felicia & Ethan Katz join the Here to Serve podcast to discuss tennis and the importance of awareness and acceptance of individuals with autism and developmental challenges. #HereToServe

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March 30th - Community Coach Program

Join us as Executive Director Laura Bowen sits down with members of our board of directors and community professionals to chat about USTA Florida’s Community Coach Programs on the latest edition of our #HereToServe podcast.

March 16th - Athletics + Academics = Achievement

“It’s all about the kids!” In this episode of the podcast, we turn the spotlight on First Serve Miami and showcase the outstanding work they are doing in Miami to deliver tennis and life skills to youth in south Florida.

March 2nd - Women on the Court

In recognition of Women’s History Month, UNF Women’s Tennis Coach Catherine Dunagan joins the Here to Serve podcast to discuss how she found herself in the game, who impacted her tennis journey and what challenges she sees impacting women leaders and coaches in the sport.

February 15th - The Black Tennis Experience

In this episode, we AMPLIFY our partners at the American Tennis Association. ATA President Roxanne Aaron and ATA Executive Director Deanne Adams share the history of Black Tennis in America, talk about their favorite moments in tennis history and discuss what we can do to further advance equality in tennis for everyone.

February 2nd - New Grants Available Now!

New grants available now! In this episode, USTA Florida Section Foundation President Donn Davis and USTA Florida’s Grant Officer Cameron Wood and share the details on grant funds available now for equipment, program support and facility funding. Tune in and check out the links below for more information.

Apply for Grants

USTA Support Facility Funding

January 19th - High School Tennis

High School Tennis season is here, and we asked three expert coaches to share their insights on how to make it a fun and successful experience for coaches, players and parents. Take a listen and check out our new High School Tennis page for more great resources and tips.

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January 5th - Year in Review/Look Ahead

In our first episode of 2022, USTA Florida President shares what she is most excited about in Florida tennis, where we see the most potential for growth, and her personal advice for anyone looking to set new goals and leap into a successful New Year.

December 8th - Volunteer Aces

Volunteers are the heartbeat of USTA Florida – it’s in our roots. We’ve recently revamped the Volunteer Aces program to be an easier way for individuals to express their interest in volunteering with the organization. Volunteers can access the new volunteer hub on to browse a calendar of available volunteer opportunities. The best part is, no tennis experience is necessary to become a Volunteer Ace with USTA Florida!

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November 17th - Adult League Hot Topics: Suspension Points, Year-End Ratings

Leagues are booming in Florida, and with change on the horizon, our committee and staff break down everything from suspension points to year-end ratings. You won’t want to miss this chance to tune in and weigh in on our popular adult recreational program. (Guests: Christine Ducey, Kevin Johnson)


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November 3rd - Military Outreach

Veterans Day is a time to celebrate and thank those who served our country. In this episode, we will learn how the City of Jacksonville and USTA Florida have joined forces to launch a new tennis clinic for veterans at Southside park. (Guests: Katie Blunk, Harrell Thomas)

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October 20th - Miami Tennis Outreach Project

Miami is one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the country. Tune in to hear how USTA Florida and First Serve Miami have joined with city and county parks to deliver more free programs for kids of all ages. (Guests: Angie Rivera, Cathy Nordlund)

Check out the MTOP page

October 6th - Wheelchair Tennis

Wheelchair tennis is on a roll! Tune in to hear how we are working with a team of volunteers, staff and players to create more play opportunities — from tournaments to truly integrated beginner play!

(Guests: Jo Wallen, Jennifer Edmonson, Will Speed)

Level 5 – PTG Wheelchair Open Event

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September 22nd - Coach Education

Coach education is a hot topic with the rising demand for tennis programs and play. Tune in to hear how USTA Florida is work with a team of certified tennis professionals to bring more community coaches into the system and teach them how to deliver entry-level programs. (Guests Chuck Gill; Frank Swope; Phil Girardi)

Check out our Coach Education page for more information

September 8th - Hispanic Heritage Month

We’re kicking off our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with USTA Florida board member and community advocate Marcelo Gouts, who shares his passion for bringing tennis to the Hispanic community in central Florida and keys to expanding our outreach in the future.

August 25th - US Open Preview

Live from New York, it’s the US Open! USTA Chief of Professional Tennis Stacey Allaster gives us an inside look at what you can expect at this year’s US Open.

August 11th - USTA Florida Leadership Academy

Applications for USTA Florida’s Leadership Academy are now open. Tune in to hear from 2021-2022 President-Elect Phil Girardi, as he shares his own leadership journey and what he is looking for in our next class of volunteer leaders.

Leadership Academy Application

July 28th - Improving a Player’s and Parent’s Mental Game

What does it take to develop a player’s mental skills? How can parents help (or hurt) this aspect of player development? Tune in as we talk to Dr. Larry Lauer, USTA’s Mental Skills Specialist, who will share his advice for parents and players.

Learn More at our Parent Zone page

July 14th - Parents and USTA Tournaments: Expectations and Best Practices

USTA Florida President Dana Andrews shares her insights as both a former tennis parent and Section Grievance Chair in this parent-focused podcast. Tune in to hear her recommendations for how we can work together to improve the tournament experience for all players.

Learn More at our Parent Zone page

June 23rd - Rankings & Ratings Unfiltered

Part one of this episode features UF Associate Head Pro Tanner Stump discussing how college coaches view rankings and ratings when recruiting players. Part two features tennis parent Petia Rodewald and Florida Tennis Center provider John Hudson as they discuss how parents and tennis coaches view these tools and the roles that each of them play in developing junior players.

June 9th - Tennis Essentials Trainings/Provider Resources

USTA Florida’s Lori Burdell joins USTA’s Steve Keller and Paul Roetert to discuss the challenges of recruiting and training new tennis coaches. Tune in as we get information on what resources are available to coaches.

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May 26th - What Players Want: A Conversation with Top Florida Providers

We’re talking directly to providers to hear what consumers really want in the current market. Tune in as we get real feedback on what’s working, what’s not, and what providers really need to serve the current influx of players.

May 12th - PAC Study Findings – State of Play in Florida

The Tennis Participation Report is out, and we’re digging into the Florida results to see where we shine, and where we have opportunities to grow. Tune in to hear how the study is compiled and how it stacks up to your experience as a player and provider.
👉 View the full results for the Florida section of the Tennis Participation Summary Report: Click Here
👉 Learn more about the surge of Florida tennis in 2020: Click Here

April 28th - College Community Hubs

With the many first-class university venues in Florida, there is no reason not to make these sites as hubs for local community programs.  Dr. Jill Fjelstul, Associate Professor Director of Hospitality in Sports / Professional Tennis Management, Rosen College of Hospitality Management at UCF and Danielle Gooding, USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis will discuss the Collegiate Community Hub concept.

USTA PTM Scholarship Program

April 14th - Summer Camps & Adult Play Engagement

Ready for Summer? USTA Florida is preparing for its Summer Camps for kids while also engaging all the new and returning adult players that are enjoying the sport! Oh how Tennis is growing! View or listen to this episode to learn about how, when and where you can get your game on…

March 31st - Sportsmanship

The intent of this episode is to educate players, parents and coaches on the current environment at USTA Florida’s competitive events, why sportsmanship continues to be a priority, (especially in the climate we are living in) solutions on how we can improve sportsmanship, and what are the consequences for all of us if players and parents don’t adapt good sportsmanship habits.

MARCH BONUS - League Reg Changes and National/Section Champs

We’ll review the USTA National regulations changes for 2021. With the recent release of the 2021 National and Sectional League Championship calendars, we will share other USTA Florida Sectional news about potential Sectional format changes, and new divisions of play!

March 17th - Adaptive Programs

Growing Adaptive Tennis is one of USTA Florida’s major priorities. William Speed, Coordinator of Adaptive Tennis, and Danielle Gooding, Director of Community Tennis, discuss their team’s efforts in bringing adaptive tennis to different communities in Florida.

March 3rd - USTA Florida Foundation Focus

The USTA Florida Foundation has new support opportunities available now for grassroots tennis programs. Tune in to hear about the grant application window and a brand-new opportunity to support under-served youth athletes across the state thanks to a new partnership with EleVen by Venus.
For more information on EleVen by Venus visit:

February 17th - Black History/AMPLIFY

As we celebrate Black History Month, we also must reflect on the work we must do to bring more tennis opportunities to the Black community in Florida. Join our D&I leaders as they discuss the work we are doing in 2021 and beyond.

February 3rd - Junior Circuit/JTT

Where are the 10U events? Our youth tennis program staff check in to explain the new Junior Circuit and provide updates on orange-ball, green-ball and Junior Team Tennis play this Spring.

Visit to view a current list of available Junior Team Tennis leagues. Registration is now open!

January 20th - Rankings & Junior Tournament Info

Junior players and parents: Tune in as our team tackles some of the common questions we have received about the new ranking list, new tournament structure and get an outlook on national tournaments for Q1.

January 6th – Adult Tournaments

We’re kicking off the New Year with a look at the new Adult Tournaments available in 2021. Our Adult Tennis Team and experts from USTA give us the latest updates on everything from NTRP to Super Senior Grand Prix.

December 23rd – You Asked/We Answer Podcast

In this end of year special episode, we ask Executive Director Laura Bowen questions that were submitted from the Florida tennis community.

December 16th – Youth Tournaments and NG Circuit

As 2020 draws to a close, find out what you can expect from youth tournaments in 2021. Youth Tennis Director Jason Gilbert shares the latest on the new structure, safety guidelines and more!

For 2021 junior tournaments, keep track of this link as more tournaments are added ➡️ Here

December 9th – Officiating

How has COVID-19 changed the game for officials? USTA Florida Officials Committee Chair, Tracy Morgan and Immediate Past President Clark Higgs share their experiences and thoughts on 2021 events.

December 2nd – 2021 Sectional Events

Join Christine Ducey, Director of Adult Tennis and Jason Gilbert, Director of Youth Tennis as they give a thorough review of what 2021 Sectional events will look like and what new and exciting things to expect.

November 25th - USTA Florida Foundation Support

Join USTA Florida Foundation Executive Director Alexis Johnson and Foundation President Donn Davis as they discuss how grassroots tennis programs provide lifechanging opportunities to those in local communities and how many have struggled to reopen and remain available since COVID-19.  The USTA Florida Foundation has options to help and we’re ready to debunk the myth that support is too difficult to obtain.

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November 18th - USTA Florida Board Focus

USTA Florida 2021-2022 President Dana Andrews has assembled a stellar board and volunteer structure to build on the organization’s growth. Get the scoop on what she sees as the most important areas of focus and why she’s excited to serve in the coming years.

November 11th - USPTA Florida Focus

USPTA Florida President Joe D’Aleo joins our podcast to talk about how tennis professionals are navigating the return to tennis and how USTA Florida can help them grow even more in 2021.

USPTA FL Virtual Education Day

November 4th - Volunteer Opportunities

It’s official – the inaugural class of the USTA Florida Leadership Academy is graduating this month. We check in with USTA Florida Board Member Mary Conaway and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Jasmine Baptiste-Apena to see what new volunteer opportunities are coming in 2021 and how you can get involved.

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October 28th - Provider App Resources & Virtual Training

With the increased demand and need for virtual trainings and on demand resources for providers and programs, USTA Florida Training and Quality Assurance Manager Lori Burdell & Marketing Manager Stefan Burnett discuss new provider resources and trainings available through the USTA Florida provider web page and revamped app.

Check out our revamped app to gain access to all things Florida tennis in the palm of your hand!

October 21st - LSA/FAU Virtual Adaptive Tennis

Love Serving Autism is excited to partner with the FAU Women’s Tennis Team to coach virtual adaptive tennis. Tune in as Lisa Pugliese-LaCroix – Founder of Love Serving Autism, Caroline Wheelen – FAU Women’s Tennis Coach, and Natalia Boltinskaya – FAU Women’s Tennis Team Player discuss the importance of community outreach for collegiate athletes to develop future leaders both on and off the tennis court.

October 14th - Schools Tennis/PE

Schools are back and with students working in a both virtual and in-person environment, what tools are available to help get kids active and moving with tennis? USTA Florida Community Play Coordinator Mag Holt gives an update on PE resources for teachers and parents.

October 7th - Serve Tennis Sanctioning

With sanctioning now open and a new tournament structure, USTA Florida tournament support staff discuss how providers can apply for events in 2021 and what changes they need to be mindful of when submitting their requests.

September 30th - NTRP Year-End Ratings

Join USTA Florida President Clark Higgs and Director of Adult Tennis Christine Ducey for a discussion and expert insights on the recent decision regarding NTRP Year-End ratings for 2020.

September 23rd - Campus Events: "Bobby Curtis" Green Ball Sectional Championship

Tune in as we check in with the USTA National Campus event team on what we learned from our first post-COVID sectional event and what players and parents can expect at this weekend’s Bobby Curtis Green Ball Championships.

September 16th - Private Club Challenges & Opportunities

Private tennis clubs face unique challenges and opportunities to grow in the post-COVID-19 world. Tune in as we get key insights from Chuck Gill, Director of Sports at the Club at Ibis, about how clubs can meet new demand and avoid potential pitfalls.

September 9th - Wheelchair Play

Wheelchair tennis is taking center stage on Ashe Court during the US Open this year. Tune in as we talk with USTA’s Wheelchair tennis committee and USTA Florida’s wheelchair project team about the resumption of wheelchair play in the wake of COVID-19 and get a preview of the new wheelchair tournament structure coming in 2021.

September 2nd - Adult Beginners

It’s been four months since we first talked about getting new beginners on the court in the post-COVID-19 environment. With demand for tennis at a high, we check in again with our Adult Tennis team to discuss plans for rolling out more Love to Learn/Love to Play programs across the state this fall.

Beginner Tennis Guidelines

August 26th - Adaptive/Special Olympics Florida

Tennis is one of only two sports that Special Olympics is set to resume this fall. Tune in as our Community Tennis team talks with Bankole Adebanjo, Vice President of Sports & Programs at Special Olympics Florida as we talk through the new guidelines and resources available for players and coaches.

August 19th - COVID's Effect on USTA Sectional Play

USTA Florida Executive Director Laura Bowen joins Delray Beach Open Tournament Director Ivan Baron to discuss COVID-19’s effect on the future of USTA Florida tennis.

August 12th - Future of College Tennis including 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 FL Board member and St. Pete College Coach Phil Girardi shares his views with USTA Florida’s college tennis resident expert Andy Gladstone.

Tennis On Campus Statement

August 5th - High School Tennis

We continue our 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.

July 22nd - JTT Program

When and where will junior team tennis return to the Sunshine State? Youth Team Play Manager Elizabeth Coates is ready to bring this important program back this fall. Tune in to find out when and where you can play.

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July 29th - Schools/After-School

With Florida schools working on their return to the classroom, USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Danielle Gooding & Community Play Coordinator Magali Holt are working on keeping kids active in PE and After-School. Check out what they have to say about the return of teacher-run programs this year.

July 15th – Social Justice/Equality in Tennis

Former ATP Pro & Founder of the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, MaliVai Washington; and USTA Florida Diversity & Outreach Coordinator, Ron Lyons, share their insights on social justice & equality in tennis and how USTA Florida is amplifying voices that need to be heard.

July 8th – Adaptive Programs Podcast

Tune in as USTA Florida’s Community Team connects with Representatives from Special Olympics and Love Serving Autism to discuss guidelines for resuming adaptive programs and how coaches and volunteers can get training.

July 1st - Sectional Events

USTA Florida Sectional Events are making a comeback in August. Tune in to hear what we will be hosting next month at the USTA National Campus and what players can expect.

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June 24th - Youth and Adult Program Restart Guidelines

With USTA Florida programs on target to start in July, what are the guidelines that players and providers will need to follow in order to resume play? Join us for two separate podcasts with our Directors of youth and adult tennis to hear about the new guidelines and where/when you can play leagues and tournaments in July. 

June 17th - USTA National Campus

What does it take to re-open a 100 court tennis facility? What will USTA Florida (and other entities) need to consider when hosting events at the USTA National Campus? We’ll tackle those topics and more with General Manager Tim Cass and Senior Director of Events and Collegiate Elissa Hill.

June 17th - Public Park Challenges/Opportunities

The public park system is critical to resuming tennis play in Florida. Navigating how to re-open a public park facility after COVID-19 is complicated. Join us for a conversation with Board member Marcelo Gouts, who will share his insights on how to bring tennis back to the parks, what he sees in terms of demand, and how we can grow.

Tournament Safety Guidelines

June 10th - Summer Camps at USTA FL Managed Facilities

With Florida facilities re-opening in June, the big question is how/if to run a summer camp. USTA FL Director of Tennis Management Frank Swope and Training and Quality Assurance Manager Lori Burdell discuss the new “normal” for youth summer camps at USTA FL managed facilities and what campers (and parents) can expect. Click the link below to see how USTA Florida Managed Facilities Summer Camps have changed this year for increased safety. 

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June 3rd – Junior Team Tennis

When will Junior Team Tennis resume and what will players and parents need to consider? How will the suspension impact future seasons and the section championships?

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May 27th – Community/Adaptive

What special considerations do we need to address for the special needs populations? How can families continue to play and stay safe? Will we be back in schools this fall?

May 20th – Youth Tournaments

When tournament play resumes, what can players expect? What changes/challenges can tournament directors expect?

Tournament Safety Guidelines

May 13th – Adult Leagues

What changes can players expect; what is USTA FL weighing in terms of local play and sectional events? How will the suspension of play impact future seasons and the sectional championships?

Adult & Social League Guidelines

May 6TH – Grants & Financial Support

How is the USTA Florida Section Foundation working to help get programs started again? What funding is available and what are the requirements?

April 29th – Adult Beginner Programs

How can new players find a court and get started after COVID-19

April 24th - BONUS Episode

USTA Florida President Clark Higgs joins the podcast for this special bonus edition. Hear what he has to say about the prospects for returning to play in Florida and what players can expect when returning to their local courts.

April 22nd – Tennis Management Division

Things to consider/plan for when re-opening your facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tennis On Campus

To ensure USTA Florida is not putting any student at risk, we felt it was most appropriate to cancel the 2021-2022 TOC season.  

Yes, please contact your local play coordinator or club president to find out more ways to get involved in USTA Florida tennis.  

Find Local Play Opportunities

Please contact your club president to find out your school specific play options. Click the button below for Club contact info. 

Find Club Contact Info

General Play

It’s best to contact the facility directly for information. Some parks are still closed, and that information may be available on the city or county website. You can also call our staff at USTA Florida who will be happy to assist you.

The state of Florida does not have guidelines for playing tennis. However, USTA and USTA Florida are recommending these guidelines for playing tennis. 

USTA Florida recognizes that coronavirus has been affecting different parts of Florida in different ways and with different timing. USTA has issued safe play tips and recommendations for players and facilities, which can be found by clicking here.

This decision varies greatly. Local governments are a big part of the decision, especially with public parks. For clubs, it also can be up to the club board of directors, members and managers. 

Sectional Championships

Yes. Players are required to carry a picture ID with them for the entirety of the tournament. Random ID checks will be conducted by tournament staff throughout the event.

No, these events do not require COVID-19 testing as part of the protocol. However, each event will follow an established health and safety, and risk mitigation plan in order to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19.

Yes, all participants, spectators, and guests are required to sign a waiver and release before attending any events on the USTA National Campus and will be required to provide contact information to assist the state with its contact tracing program, if necessary. 

Yes, all must maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others, and practice recommended hand hygiene.

If a person develops COVID-19 symptoms before arrival at the Tournament, they should not travel to and attend the Tournament. They should report the symptoms to their healthcare provider to determine next steps. See CDC Publication: Symptoms of Coronavirus 

  1. Please inform the tournament director immediately if you begin to feel any of the following symptoms- – chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; new loss of taste or smell; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea; or new onset of headache, loss of taste/smell, fatigue, muscle or body aches.
  2. Seek immediate medical care if you experience the following symptoms: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face.
  3. See CDC Publication: What to Do If You Are Sick

If COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test develop within 14 days after the Tournament, for contact tracing purposes, report symptoms to your healthcare provider to determine next steps. All are advised to report this information to the Tournament Director.

All guests (players, captains, spectators, staff members, etc.) must fill out a health questionnaire provided before entering the Welcome Center; Please note: if a person is unable to meet the requirements of the health questionnaire, they will not be permitted entry. All must fill out the health questionnaire each day of entry into the National Campus.  

Click here for the guest health questionnaire – USTA National Campus

Yes, but the online health questionnaire is only valid for the day it is completed. The questionnaire must be filled out each day a person will be attending the event. The health questionnaire may not be completed the day before arrival. Please allow considerable extra time to be sure you will arrive to your assigned court on time. 

Players may register online prior to their arrival at the National Campus throughout the event weekend. See the Championship Page for information and registration link. NO CASH OR CHECK REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Players registering after the listed deadlines will not receive a t-shirt or raffle prize entry ticket. NO CASH OR CHECK REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


Only players registering before published player registration deadlines will receive the player gift t-shirt or raffle ticket to be distributed by the Captain. No t-shirt exchanges will be made, except to correct USTA Florida fulfillment errors.

To help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, all individuals on-site at the National Campus must wear a face cloth covering/mask covering their nose and mouth except while active on the tennis court. 

The National Campus Guidelines were created for “everyday programming.” While most of the information is applicable regarding “events,” such as the USTA Florida Sectional Championships, there are a few exceptions to the guidelines. Players will have to arrive earlier than normal for matches to ensure they have enough time to proceed through the temperature check station and fill out the health questionnaire. The Courtside Café will also be open during events.

Spectators will be allowed if the social distance guidelines are followed. Campus seating areas are limited (maintaining at least 6 ft. distance and avoiding congregating in groups of more than 10 people). To assist with finding players on court, there will be a digital display screen under the tournament building and will display the current players on the assigned courts. Court assignments will also be provided to captains prior to the tournament and will be available online.

Food options are available at the Net Post Grille, however all hours of operation are subject to change and players should expect limited hours of operation.

Players will be responsible for their own equipment. You are encouraged to bring your own sanitizer and wipes. Players will be asked to supply their own mask, towels, water bottles, and any individual items that they need to compete. A handheld umbrella is very helpful to provide personal shade and to provide cover as all participants must immediately exit the campus during rain/red alert delays. Players may want to consider bringing their own thermometer to check their own temperature daily to avoid any surprises at the National Campus entry check point.

Water will not be available on court. Touchless water refill stations will be accessible and are located within walking distance of the courts. Ice machines are usually available but could be temporarily out of service. Bring a large refillable water bottle.

Yes, spectators are allowed if social distancing and National Campus guidelines are met.

In the event of rain or a red alert, there will be at least a 60-minute delay. Participants and guests will be asked to depart the National Campus immediately and will be provided with updates via text and/or email. You will not be permitted to stay inside the building or congregate anywhere at the facility. The server is responsible for retrieving and keeping the match balls for resumption of play. PLEASE BE SURE TO REPORT TO YOUR CAPTAIN BY PHONE OR TEXT THE SCORE OF THE MATCH, ANY GAME IN PROGRESS, AND WHO WAS SERVING, as you must have that information for your resumption of play, and they must report progress of match. Please bring paper and pen to assist with scorekeeping. Score tenders may not be available on court.

Tennis balls will be on placed court before the start of the match. There will be one can of balls provided per match. After the match has concluded, the players may keep the tennis balls or dispose of them properly. If a rain delay occurs the server is responsible for retrieving and keeping the match balls and bringing them to resume the match. Contact an official if there are issues.

There will be NO practice courts available! If you would like to rent a court, you may do so by calling the National Campus directly (407-675-2500) and reserving a court or by checking in at the Welcome Center front desk and reserving in person. Do not utilize courts that are not assigned to your team at any time.

Yes, your captain is a great information resource. They have been provided additional instructions. You may also check the appropriate USTA Florida Championship pages for your event to determine your event’s assigned Tournament Director.  

Please click here to visit your event page.


Hoku Purcell-Langley

Contact Information- 407-955-4988


Desirae McLaughlin  

Contact information- 407-815-2193