USPTA Elite Professional

This is the highest tested rating possible and is achieved by scoring in the 90th percentile on the USPTA Certification Exam. Tennis professionals must have a minimum of three years' teaching experience and be 22 years old. Elite Professional members are commonly considered for director of tennis or head tennis professional job opportunities. They should be able to develop lesson programs, direct activities, manage pro shop operations and oversee a tennis facility. An Elite Professionals also should be able to handle employee relations tasks such as hiring, developing budgets, directing communications and serving as an integral part of the facility management team.


USTA High Performance Coach & Specialist in Competitive Player Development


USTA High Performance Coaching Program

The USTA's Coaching Education Department is committed to offering coaches one of the highest-quality coaching education experiences in the world through participation in the USTA High Performance Coaching Program.

The incentives for the coach who completes the program will be significant. They include: personal and professional growth, being involved in a program that is on the cutting edge of coaching, and becoming a part of a publicly recognized group of America’s leading coaches. In addition, we will provide ample opportunity for the high performance coach to interact and network with other leading coaches throughout the United States. We will offer ongoing continuing education through the monthly coaching education and sport science E-newsletter, event based programming and High Performance educational workshops and seminars throughout the year.

Our intent is to provide ongoing benefits to the high performance coaches who participate in the program. Our goal is to provide opportunities to help these coaches in their efforts to develop the next generation of American players.

The USTA Coaching Education Department staff will select coaches for admission into the program. A committee comprised of the USTA Coaching Education department, as well as a USPTA and a PTR representative, will assure the stated selection philosophy is being met and will review the selection process.

In selecting coaches for the program, the USTA Coaching Education Department will be fair and equitable in choosing the most qualified applicants who possess the qualifications listed below. The coaches’ playing background will be taken into account. Consideration will also be given to coaches from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups as well as geographical location.

As the program grows, the USTA Coaching Education Department will continually review the selection philosophy and qualifications to ensure that the program meets its goals.

Applicants should meet at least five (5) of the criteria listed below:


1. Coaching in United States. Each applicant must reside and actively coach in the United States. (MANDATORY)
2. United States Tennis Association Membership. Each applicant must be a current member of the United States Tennis Association. (MANDATORY)
3. Certified. USPTA P1 and/or PTR Professional level. (MANDATORY)
4. Coaching Experience. At least 5 years of experience coaching high performance players.
5. Sectionally Ranked Players. Currently directing a program with and/or currently serving as the primary coach of a specified number of sectionally ranked players.
6. Nationally Ranked Players. Currently directing a program and/or currently serving as the primary coach of a specified number of nationally ranked players.
7. Coach of Successful Players. Has coached players who have gone on to play at all levels of the game, including collegiate and professional tennis.
8. Active High Performance Coach. Is actively coaching high performance players.
9. Sports Science Competency Test (Level One) must have successfully completed this test.


2013 & 2014 USTA US Open High Performance Coaching Program


I just completed the elite (only 20 coaches got selected to participate) US Open High Performance Coaching Program. It was definately my best coaching experiance ever. The focus of the three-day program was to examine the progressive development of high performance junior players and the transition to the professional game as well as key differences and or similarities between world class players and transitional professionals/junior players in the following areas:


  • Strategy/Game
  • StyleTactics & Pattern
  • DevelopmentWeapons and Weapon Development
  • Psychological skills
  • Overall physical attributes


The program included classes with phenomenal speakers:


  • Ivan Lendl - Andy Murray Coach
  • Paul Annacone - Roger Federer Coach
  • David Nainkin - Sloane Stephens Coach
  • Tom Gullikson - former Pete Sampras Coach
  • Jose Higueras - former Roger Federer Coach


It was unbelievable and unique coaching experiance!


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