A chemistry student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Greg Rosic also plays tennis competitively. He played in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Adult Super Set #8, in the Men’s 4.5/Open Singles category. In this article, Greg Rosic describes the USTA and its activities.
Dedicated to promoting tennis as a recreational activity and professional sport, the USTA serves as the national governing organization of tennis in the United States. The USTA works with community groups, regional tennis associations, and professionals. In addition, the USTA manages the world-renowned US Open. The largest such organization in the world, the USTA was founded in 1881. Currently, the USTA boasts over 700,000 members and 7,000 organizational affiliations. The work of the USTA is carried out by dedicated teams of volunteers as well as a core professional staff. One of the USTA’s principle activities involves player development for young people. It offers opportunities for juniors and college students, as well as for young professional players. Some of these opportunities include the High Performance Coaching Program, listings of playing opportunities by region, and a host of junior and collegiate competitions. In addition, the USTA maintains several training centers, including national training centers in Boca Raton, Florida; Carson, California; and New York, New York. At these facilities, players receive motivational, competitive training opportunities without having to worry about their rankings. The instructors at the USTA training centers are knowledgeable in recent developments in sports science and coaching practice. Many of the best players in the United States have gone through this program. The USTA also certifies partner training centers to serve the needs of regional players and juniors ranging from 8 to 14 years of age. The USTA developed this initiative in order to allow children to both excel as players and maintain a healthy family life. To learn more about the USTA, visit www.usta.com.