If you live in the US and you are a tennis enthusiast, you must know about the United States Tennis Association. If you are food at tennis and want to make a career in tennis, then it is where you can get recognition as a professional tennis player.
In the other case, if you do not want to become a professional tennis player and just want to pursue it as a hobby, you must enroll yourself in the association as it can give you a lot of recognition and an identity of your own.
Today in this article, we shall be talking everything about the United States Tennis Association – including what it does and its history. So read on to know more!
What Is The United States Tennis Association (USTA)?
It is the governing body for the game of tennis in the United States. It is a not-for-profit organization recognized by the federal government of the United States.
It was founded way back in the year 1881 and as of today, it has more than 700,000 registered and qualified members across the USA.
In the year 1881, a small group of tennis players in New York City started the USTA. However, during the inception, those people gave the name – ‘United States National Lawn Tennis Association’ (USNLTA). Over the years, the words ‘national’ and ‘lawn’ were dropped from the name in 1920 and 1975 respectively.
What Does UTSA Do?
As mentioned before, it is a non-profit organization with over 700,000 members. It invests all the money it earns to develop and promote the game of tennis across the United States. It manages the game in the US from the grass-roots levels to professional levels.
The organization was founded to create and standardize the rules and regulations of the game throughout the US.
USTA organizes and holds some of the most popular tournaments in the US including the US Open, Cincinnati Masters, USTA Pro Circuit – men’s and women’s tournaments, Boy’s Junior National Tennis Championship (under 16 and under 18), New Haven Open At Yale (ceased to exist in 2019), and US Men’s Clay Court Championships.
Sections Of The United States Tennis Association
Based on the different locations, the USTA has 17 different geographical locations and sections with over 700,000 members collectively. Moreover, it has over 7,000 organizational and professional staff to organize the events and manage the organization.
NTRP Ratings By USTA
Like every governing body has, even the USTA has its own guidelines of rating the members and players based on their skill levels. As a player, you will get an NTRP rating based on how much they excel in the sport.
A beginner will have a score of 1.5, and it can go up to 7.0 before he is given the title of a ‘world-class player’. The ratings show at the end of each year on the official website of the USTA and players use it as a reference point to stay in the competition and out-do their competitors.
USTA is the official governing body of tennis sport in the US. It creates and sets the rules and regulations of the game apart from organizing and managing some of the most popular tennis tournaments in the USA.