Your Questions, Answered

Whether you're a player, parent, coach, or supporter, we understand that you may have questions about our programs, initiatives, and how we're fostering the love of tennis in the community. Here, we've compiled the most common inquiries with detailed responses to ensure you have all the information you need at your fingertips.


How can I get involved with the Foundation?

You can join us as a volunteer, donor, or partner. Reach out through our contact form or call us for more specific opportunities.

Do you offer internships or volunteering opportunities?

Yes, we often welcome enthusiastic individuals who share our passion. Ask us how you can get involved.

Can I earmark my donation for a specific program?

Absolutely! When you donate, you can specify which initiative or program you'd like your contribution to support.

Who will my donation benefit?

Donations benefit under-resourced youths, adaptive and wheelchair athletes, competitive junior players, and student athletes aiming for higher education.

Why do other people donate to the Foundation?

Many are inspired by our mission of inclusivity, empowerment, and excellence in tennis, and they wish to contribute to positive change and lasting community impacts.

How do I set up an endowed scholarship?

To establish an endowed scholarship, please reach out to our team directly through our contact information, and we'll guide you through the dedicated process.

Wheelchair Tennis

How do I choose the right wheelchair for tennis?

To be able to play wheelchair tennis, a tennis wheelchair or sports wheelchair is needed once the wheelchair athlete has a commitment to continue to play the sport.

Click here for a link to learn more about types of sports wheelchairs, and click here to find tennis or sports wheelchair pricing.

Are there any specific rules for wheelchair tennis?

The biggest difference between wheelchair tennis and able-body tennis is that wheelchair tennis accepts two bounces, and able-body tennis only accepts one bounce. Please click here to learn more about the rules of wheelchair tennis.

Do I need previous tennis experience to play in a wheelchair?

No previous experience is required to play wheelchair tennis. All you need is the willingness to try something new and have a blast.

What type of court surface is best for wheelchair tennis?

Wheelchair tennis is suitable on all surfaces. In the United States, most wheelchair tournaments are held on hard courts, but some are on clay courts.

Are there any tips for improving my mobility and maneuverability on the court?

To find tips on how to improve your wheelchair mobility, please click here to watch a video.

Are there any local clubs or organizations that offer wheelchair tennis programs?

Yes, in the USTA Southern Section, you can find wheelchair programs in all nine states. Please visit USTA.com/Southern for more information.

How can I find a coach or instructor knowledgeable about wheelchair tennis?

You can search online for wheelchair instructors. Also, go to tennis clubs near you and ask the club director. Any USTA level 1 registered instructors have the capability to coach the basics of wheelchair tennis.

How can I get involved in wheelchair tennis tournaments and competitions?

You can go to usta.com or email USTA Southern contacts: Milagros Sequera Huss at sequera@sta.usta.com or Cee Jai Jones at jones@sta.usta.com

Adaptive Tennis

What is Adaptive Tennis?

Adaptive Tennis is designed to accommodate individuals with varying physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments. It aims to make tennis accessible to everyone, regardless of their abilities.

Who can play Adaptive Tennis?

Adaptive Tennis is inclusive and can be played by individuals with a wide range of disabilities, including but not limited to mobility impairments, visual impairments, and cognitive impairments.

What are the key adaptations in Adaptive Tennis?

Adaptations in Adaptive Tennis may include modified equipment, court size, and rules to suit the needs of players with disabilities. For example, larger or softer balls may be used, and court dimensions may be adjusted.

What types of equipment are used in Adaptive Tennis?

Equipment may be adapted based on the needs of the player. This can include modified rackets, balls with different sizes or textures, and mobility aids for players with specific requirements.

How are the rules adapted in Adaptive Tennis?

Rules may be adjusted to accommodate different abilities. For instance, the number of bounces allowed before a return, the size of the playing area, and scoring systems may be modified to ensure an inclusive and enjoyable experience.

How can I get involved in Adaptive Tennis?

To get involved, contact Cee Jai Jones, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, at jones@sta.usta.com.To locate a program in your state, click here: Adaptive Programs

Is Adaptive Tennis available at all skill levels?

Yes, Adaptive Tennis caters to players of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced players. The goal is to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the sport at any level.

Junior Financial Assistance
How frequently can one apply for the financial assistance?

Applicants can apply annually as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

Are there any restrictions on how the assistance can be used?

The financial aid is specifically for expenses related to USTA National tournaments.

What happens if the player's ranking drops post the application?

The assistance is provided based on the ranking at the time of application. However, continued support in subsequent years may consider current rankings.

Is the financial assistance a loan or a grant?

It is a grant and does not need to be repaid.

Hall of Fame
How does the nomination process work?

Once a nomination is submitted, it undergoes a meticulous review by our selection committee. Successful nominees who meet our criteria will be inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame during our annual ceremony.

What's the timeline for nomination and selection?

Nominations are accepted year-round. However, the selection process starts three months before our annual ceremony. Ensure your nominations are in before then for consideration in the same year.

What are the primary criteria for selection?

Inductees are chosen based on their outstanding accomplishments in tennis, their contributions to the sport's growth, and their embodiment of sportsmanship. Each nominee is assessed holistically to ensure the Hall of Fame represents the pinnacle of tennis excellence.

National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL)

What is NJTL?

NJTL stands for the National Junior Tennis and Learning network, a USTA (United States Tennis Association) youth development program that combines tennis instruction with educational and life skills components. NJTL was founded by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, along with Charles Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, in 1969. The program uses tennis as a tool to teach important life skills such as leadership, discipline, teamwork, and responsibility, particularly to underserved youth.

Who can participate in NJTL programs?

NJTL programs are typically open to children and youth ages 5-18 of all backgrounds and skill levels, regardless of income, race, and gender, making tennis accessible to a broad range of young people.

Where can I find NJTL programs in my area?

Contact your state USTA office in order to find a local NJTL chapter near you. These programs are often in partnership with local community organizations, schools, and tennis clubs. You may also contact section staff, Jean Marie Simon, at simon@sta.usta.com.

What is the cost to participate in NJTL programs?

NJTL programs often strive to keep costs low or provide scholarships to make them affordable for all. While some offerings are free, the specific cost, can vary by location.

What does a typical NJTL program include?

NJTL programs include tennis instruction, educational activities, and life skills development. Some of the educational activities may include a focus on math, literacy, nutrition, STEM, career preparation, and more. The exact content may vary from program to program.

Do participants need prior tennis experience?

NJTL programs are welcoming to beginners and no prior tennis experience is necessary. Some programs cater to more experienced players as well. Some programs also provide tennis rackets and equipment.

What are the benefits of participating in NJTL programs?

Participation outcomes include improved health, better tennis skills, increased academic performance, enhanced life skills, scholarship opportunities, and a sense of community.

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