From the Publisher
"I cannot imagine a better all-around book for setting up an entire tennis program. It has everything from proper grips to coaching philosophy. . . . A must for all tennis coaches."
Bob Wood Athletic Director, Boys and Girls Varsity Tennis Coach University Liggett School Gross Pointe Woods, MI
"Any coach will be able to relate well to this easy-to-read book. Its full of good reminders for veteran coaches and provides a great overview for new coaches."
Jan Brogan Head Womens Tennis Coach University of California at Berkeley
"Nothing is more important to developing grassroots tennis than strong team competition at the school and college levels. This book has all you need to know to enjoy a successful program."
Cliff Drysdale Tennis Commentator ESPN and ABC Sports
About the Author
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the governing body for tennis in the United States. The USTAs membership consists of more than 500,000 individuals and nearly 6,500 organizations, including schools, park and recreation departments or community tennis associations, and tennis clubs.
The USTA is widely known as the owner and operator of the U.S. Open Championships, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in worldwide tennis competition. The U.S. Open annually attracts more than a half million fans, awards more than $9 million in prize money, and is broadcast on television to 125 countries.
The USTA also sponsors amateur tennis competition for players of all ages and abilities, ranging from events for youngsters 12 and under to national tournaments for those 65 and older. More than 5 million schoolchildren are introduced to tennis each year through USTA school programs, and opportunities for further instruction and play are provided by a menu of USTA entry-level programs.
A full range of player development and sport science programs is offered at Player Development Headquarters in Key Biscayne, FL, at 120 Area Training Centers spread throughout the country, and in communities through local Excellence Training Programs. In addition, the USTA emphasizes coaching education and development through an ambitious offering of coaching seminars, workshops, and conferences. The USTA works closely with the two major coaching certifying organizationsthe U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and the U.S. Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR)which together account for more than 18,000 members.
Ron Woods coordinated the project for the USTA and wrote selected chapters of Coaching Tennis Successfully. Ron is the director of player development for the USTA and is responsible for planning and implementing programs that help young players achieve their maximum potential, from beginning competitive tennis through the professional ranks. Ron also serves as a senior staff member for USTA committees in charge of player development, sport science, Olympics, junior competition, and collegiate tennis.
Ron is a member of the International Tennis Federations Coaches Commission and serves on the coaching committee of the United States Olympic Committee. The USPTA honored him as 1982 National Coach of the Year and designated him a Master Professional in 1984. Ron is also an honorary member of the USPTR.
Ron served as a professor of physical education and mens tennis coach at West Chester University in Pennsylvania for 17 years. He earned his PhD from Temple University with an emphasis in sport psychology and motor learning.