National Tennis Organizations and Associations


        Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is a non-profit service organization, which serves as the governing body of collegiate tennis in the United States.  The ITA administers a comprehensive calendar of tournaments and events and a far-reaching awards program each year.  Comprised of nearly 1,500 men’s and women’s coaches representing over 1,200 institutions across the country from all three NCAA Divisions, as well as the NAIA and Junior and Community Colleges, the ITA oversees activities involving over 25,000 college student-athletes (varsity & JV). In addition to ITA collegiate coach (and team) members, the ITA also welcomes collegiate parents, junior players and parents, alumni, corporate, federation, high school coach and associate membership.        

United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) - Founded in 1927, USPTA is the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals.  The goal of the USPTA is to offer 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.

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) - Founded by Dennis Van der Meer in 1976, the PTR’s goal is to educate, certify and service tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

United States Racquet Stringers Association (USRSA) - The USRSA is a worldwide organization of more than 7,000 racquet technicians.  Their mission is to teach professionals, retailers, manufacturers and sales organizations about the technological advancements in racquets, strings, balls, shoes and stringing machines.

United States Tennis Association (USTA) - Established in 1881, the USTA is the largest tennis organization in the world, with 17 geographical sections, more than 665,000 individual members and 7,000 organizational members, thousands of volunteers, and a professional staff dedicated to growing the game of tennis.  There are two important parts of this organization.  Community Tennis strives to grow tennis at every level, making it accessible to everyone.  Professional Tennis manages all aspects of the USTA’s involvement in professional tennis, including the US Open, the worlds’ largest attended annual sporting event.

International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) - Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in the historic Newport Casino.  It was the site of the first U.S. National Championships in 1881, the event now known as the US Open (it moved to Forest Hills, NY in 1915).  James Van Alen founded it in 1954 as a “shrine of the ideals of the game.”  The International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide.

WTA - Women’s Tennis Association  - Sponsored by Sony Ericson, the WTA hosts all women’s tennis events worldwide.

Association of Tennis Professionals for Men (ATP) - The ATP will have hosted 64 tournaments in 31 countries in 2005.  From Australia to Europe to the Americas and to Asia, the finest athletes compete in the world’s most exciting places.  The coveted Tennis Masters Cup held in Shanghai, China, is the year-end championship, giving the chance to win the title of World Number 1.

International Tennis Federation (ITF) - The World governing body of tennis. It is the ITF’s objective to promote and develop the game of tennis to make it a truly global sport available to all in a non-racial, non-political form and to preserve the integrity and independence of tennis as a sport.