The United States Professional Tennis Association, the oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals, showed its commitment to grow tennis internationally with the announcement of its new USPTA China Division. The announcement of the new division was made during the USPTA’s World Conference on Tennis, held Sept. 27-Oct. 2 in La Quinta, Calif.
The USPTA, which currently has more than 15,000 members with representatives in 80 countries, offers unequalled opportunities for tennis-teaching professionals to improve their teaching skills and increase their business knowledge. The Association also serves as a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and experience among its members.
Key staff members of the China Division were on hand for the announcement. They had the opportunity to speak to the general membership about the new division and the potential for growth of tennis in China.
“We are very excited with the opportunity to learn and grow with the USPTA community,” said Yue Wang, president of USPTA China. “Our goal is to have a substantial membership within the next three years.”
“We are thrilled to welcome China to the USPTA family,” said USPTA President Tom Daglis. “We are looking forward to growing the USPTA in China under the direction of Yue Wang, one of the leaders in China’s tennis industry.”
Wang, who is a USPTA Professional 1, is a member of the CTA Coach Committee and former member of the China national tennis team and the Davis Cup team. He is a tennis consultant for CCTV and BTV, and chief technical adviser for Tennis magazine (China). He is currently the chairman for Beijing Xinyuehai Sports Development Co., Ltd.
David T. Porter, Ed.D., a USPTA Master Professional and former USPTA president, has been instrumental in helping forge the relationship with China and starting a USPTA division there. As the head tester of the Hawaii Division, he travels to China twice a year, where he has tested hundreds of applicants.
The staff of the China Division spent several weeks at the World Headquarters in Houston this summer, going through intense training and learning the roles of various departments as they prepared to open their office and serve the China Division.
About the USPTA: Founded in 1927, USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers more than 65 professional benefits to its more than 15,000 members worldwide, including certification and professional development. With more than 300 days of educational opportunities throughout the year, USPTA offers the most comprehensive continuing education program in the tennis industry. For more information, call 800-877-8248 or visit www.uspta.com