Tennis Providers: Earn a FREE Net Generation Tablet from USTA Mid-Atlantic

Don’t miss out! Make sure you and your programs are listed and searchable on NetGeneration.com.

As a Net Generation provider, you know you’ve got the expertise of the USTA, world-class coaching curriculum and innovative digital tools all available to you to help you do incredible things to get kids into tennis.

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Net Generation coaches are shaping the future of tennis! Join them and get free tools and resources. 

USTA Mid-Atlantic wants to make sure you don’t miss out on these great benefits and all that Net Generation has to offer, especially the Program Management Center. This is where you can list all of your programs so that parents seeking tennis instruction and fun for their kids can find you!

Add your programs to the Net Generation Program Management Center and you can be eligible to receive a Tablet ($150) pre-loaded with the Net Generation app from USTA Mid-Atlantic. We’re giving away up to 50 tablets, so hurry and get your programs listed by Friday, July 27.

Requirements to be eligible:

  1. Sign up as a provider on Net Generation and complete all of the registration steps, including approval of your NCSI background screen or complete the process if you have not done so.
  2. Agree to the provider standards in your provider profile. Once logged in to Net Generation, access the Provider Menu and click “Edit Profile.” The checkbox to accept the provider standards is at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Post a public youth tennis program on Net Generation. To be eligible, your program must start between July 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018. For additional information on how to access the Program Management Center, click here.
  4. Programs must be entered prior to July 27, 2018. We have 50 tablets available so post today so you can get your hands on one!

All types of tennis providers have shared how useful the Net Generation tools have been, such as the tennis professionals at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center (MNTC) in Williamsburg, Va. They said, “MNTC loves Net Generation because it is an all-encompassing yet simplified and universal developmental platform for kids to succeed in tennis.  We love the ease and applicability of the assessments, competencies and curriculum. Net Generation connects our parents, players & coaches which will only continue to grow not only our junior programs, but tennis worldwide.”

For questions or assistance, please email Natalie Rogers at rogers@mas.usta.com.

Review the Summer Tablet Promotion_Official Rules.

Advantage Anderson

This Father’s Day we bring you the story of tennis coach, dad and tennis mentor Tom Anderson, from Chesapeake Va. Tom recently shared with us his insights on being a tennis coach and a tennis dad and what really matters on the court. Anderson’s philosophy epitomizes what we at USTA Mid-Atlantic believe – that tennis can help kids develop invaluable personal qualities that deliver lifelong benefits. 

The typical tennis dad: hanging on every close call, cringing at a missed backhand, and feeling a sense of accomplishment after a tournament victory that he had little to do with are all sights you could catch a hold of at a court near you. The highs, the lows, the tennis dad feels them all.

Then there’s Tom Anderson. His 11-year old son, Cort, — he’s really Thomas IV but everybody calls him Cort — is among the top juniors in the USTA’s Mid-Atlantic Section. Nobody roots harder for the pint-sized rising sixth-grader than Dad, and yet. . .

“I’m a weirdo,” Anderson admitted. “I almost want him to face adversity and see bad things because I know it’ll help him learn and develop down the road.”

You see for Anderson, USTA Mid-Atlantic Community Outreach Award winner in 2014 from Chesapeake, Virginia, tennis is a metaphor for life. Every struck ball reflects a decision. You and only you are accountable. No coaching allowed.

“The adversity that a tennis match brings is unique from other sports,” he said. One break can cost a set. A net cord can be demoralizing. Disagreeing with an opponent’s out call can tilt a match.

“I used to be whether it is win or lose, but now I am much more concerned with how my kids play and how they handle the adversity,” he said. “Parents watching their kids play tennis seem to get so upset over a bad call. If they really want their kids to develop in the long run, they have to deal with those tough situations themselves so they’re better prepared down the road; either as a tennis player or a professional.”

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Coach Anderson with junior players at the 2017 Stars of Tomorrow at the Citi Open tournament

Anderson pushes life lessons on and off the court.

“The main thing he has taught me is how to be a gentleman and to always keep fighting,” said Cort.

Anderson’s always done that, dating back to his own days playing tennis at Western Branch High School where he was a doubles champion and part of a team that advanced to the state semifinals.

The senior director for investments for a Virginia Beach firm is all business when it comes to stocks and trades until the market closes at 4 p.m. Then he sheds the suit and tie for shorts and his customized Coach Anderson tennis hat he wears at Western Branch High School, where he runs one of the most successful public school tennis programs in the state. While he likes his Bruins to win, he’s more concerned with his players’ demeanor on court.

“We had just lost 5-1 to First Colonial to end our season but Coach saw it differently,” said Ben Holtzclaw, the team’s senior captain who played No. 1 singles and doubles for the last three years for the Bruins. “He told us it was the proudest he had been all year due to the late comebacks in sets. We left it all on the court and he saw that.”

Cort is a regular at Western Branch practice, too, along with his siblings Alice, 9, Smith, 8,  and Ruthie, 6; oldest daughter, Kate, 18, is the only Anderson who shies away from the racquet (The Andersons were named the USTA Mid-Atlanic’s Family of the Year in 2014). One day the boys will play for their dad, but until then, they’ve soaked up being among the giants.

“Being around all the high school guys and the team really got me hooked. Everyone was really nice to me and I just wanted to keep coming and my love for the game just kept growing and growing,” said Cort, who will spend the next month at the Evert Academy in Boca Raton, Florida.

As good as Western Branch, Cort and the Anderson crew are at forehands and backhands, Anderson harps more on how the lessons of tennis translate to everyday life.

“Ten years of coaching now and I would put the GPA, colleges attended, and success after college way above the norm for the school population in general,” Anderson said. “I’m not necessarily focused on the next match as much as I am looking out a few years down the road.”

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Coach Anderson’s students often participate in the USTA Mid-Atlantic’s 10U BLAST Tour

He’s excited about a junior development program he’s just started that he hopes will introduce youth to the game. He’s running a tournament in Chesapeake that he hopes will grow into one of the largest in the state.

“I believe that kids who learn tennis in their youth have an increased probability to be successful in life. If I am able to get more kids in our community to play tennis – that is a great accomplishment, right there. Starting with my own family, I see my children beginning to love the game and I know the benefits that will come from that, all good things” 


Harry Holtzclaw is an intern with USTA Mid-Atlantic. Holtzclaw played at court one for Coach Anderson and the Western Branch Bruins from 2013-15. Harry is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Recreation Management from James Madison University.

#MyMAStennis Contest Guidelines

Abbreviated:
1. The contest will be announced on official USTA Mid-Atlantic social media platforms in
April 2018 and run through May 27, 2018. Users can enter one of three ways:

1. Use the hashtag #MyMAStennis in a public Instagram post and share a
tennis-themed photo
2. Use the hashtag #MyMAStennis in a public Twitter post and share a
tennis-themed photo or story
3. On a USTA Mid-Atlantic Facebook post mentioning the contest, comment
with a tennis-themed photo and caption briefly explaining how it reflects
#MyMAStennis.

Individuals can enter up to one time per week per platform. An individual may have
eligible entries on multiple platforms with the same week. Each week is defined as
beginning at 12:00am on Monday and ending at 11:59pm on Sunday. Week 1 of the
contest will start April 23. Week 5 of the contest will end at 11:59pm on May 27.
2. Among eligible entrants, two winners will be selected each week to receive a $20 gift
card to Tennis Warehouse (or equivalent at the discretion of USTA Mid-Atlantic). One
winner will be selected by USTA Mid-Atlantic for best representing the
#MyMASTennis hashtag, and one winner will be selected at random from eligible
entrants; an individual cannot win multiple times throughout the content. The gift card
cannot be exchanged for an alternate prize and holds no value.
3. Winners will be notified via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter message or email and
must respond with their address in a timely manner or a replacement winner will be
chosen. By accepting the contest prize, winners agree to allow their photo to be shared on USTA Mid-Atlantic social media outlets.

OFFER VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. By submitting an
entry, you agree to be bound by these rules and represent that you satisfy all eligibility
requirements.
1. ELIGIBILITY: The #MyMAStennis Content (the “Contest”) is open to residents of the
United States over the age of 18. Employees and other representatives of USTA Mid-
Atlantic Section (“USTA MAS”) or its affiliates, distributors, agencies, and members of
each of their immediate families are not eligible to enter or win. Offer is void where
prohibited or restricted by law.
2. TIMING: Winners will be selected from submissions received within each week. Week
1 of the contest will begin on April 23, 2018 and Week 5 of the contest will conclude
on May 27, 2018. To be eligible for a week’s submissions, entries must be submitted
by 11:59 p.m. on the corresponding Sunday (April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May
27). USTA MAS reserves the right to select no winners for any week’s contest.
3. SELECTION OF WINNERS: Winners will be chosen at the discretion of the USTA
MAS employees, by selection and random drawing. USTA MAS reserves the right, at
its discretion, to disqualify any entry that does not comply with the rules or to
disqualify any individual (and their entry) who tampers with the entry process.
4. WINNER VERIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified by Facebook, Instagram
or Twitter message or email. If the winner is unreachable, ineligible or fails to claim
the prize within fourty-eight (48) hours after being contacted, such winner will forfeit

the prize and the prize may be awarded to another winner, at the discretion of USTA
MAS.
5. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Entrants grant to USTA MAS the right to use and publish
their proper name online, in print or in any other media in connection with the Contest.
Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for USTA MAS to use winners’ names
and likeness’ for advertising and promotional purposes without additional
compensation unless prohibited by law. By entering, participants release and hold
harmless USTA MAS, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers,
employees, and agents from any and all liability for injuries, loss or damage of any
kind arising from or in connection with the Contest or any prize won. Promotion is
subject to the USTA Privacy Policy found at https://www.usta.com/en/home/about-
usta/who-we- are/national/usta-privacy- policy.html?intloc=footer. A list of winners can
be made available upon request.

Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Natasha Subhash’s Thoughts on Tennis

To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day in March, we’re asking several tennis players in the Mid-Atlantic – of all ages and abilities – about the importance of role models on and off the court and their own role models.

The final feature of the month is of Natasha Subhash, one of the top junior players in the Mid-Atlantic and the entire country. We caught up with Natasha before she headed to California to play at the Easter Bowl tournament and got her thoughts on her own tennis journey, who on the pro tour she might see as a role model and what advice she has for younger players.

Player, Mother and Coach: Jeri Ingram Reflects on the Impact of Role Models

To celebrate Women’s History Month in March and the impact that women in tennis have made and continue to make by acting as strong female role models, we’re catching up with players of all ages and abilities throughout the month to talk about their experience.

Jeri Ingram 2This week’s Q&A is with Jeri Ingram, who is the founder of the Metropolitan Tennis and Education Group and currently serves as Vice President on the USTA Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors. Jeri started playing tennis in a public park with her father when she was 9 years old and went on to become an All-ACC player at the University of Maryland and spent eight years on the WTA Tour.

Did you look up to any tennis players when you were learning?

I initially looked up to my father and the people he played tennis with in the parks as well as the players he played against in local tournaments. As time went by I always looked up to my tennis coaches and my fitness coaches that worked with me every day.  Every single coach had something to offer and I was a “sponge” for learning all that I could. Other individuals that I looked up to were Arthur Ashe, Lori McNeil, Zina Garrison, Katrina Adams, and Rodney Harmon.

Do you think having a role model helped you with your game?

Yes, I know these role models helped my game. They were, and still are, the voices that I would hear in my daily life as I made decisions on and off the tennis court. My father always made sure he kept me around healthy people and I was always confident that these people were moving me forward so I wanted to ensure that I was using their advice.

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Jeri with the great Arthur Ashe after winning a trophy.

Thinking back to when you started in tennis, did you believe you could become a professional player and have a career in tennis?

When I began tennis I did not think about becoming a professional. I mostly thought of becoming a better tennis player every day and having a better result in the next tournament each time. Once I was a sophomore in high school I began to believe I could become a professional tennis player. Once I became a senior in high school I began to know that was what I should work for in my life.

I definitely did not know I would have a full career in tennis until I retired from the WTA Tour and finished college. I knew then that I wanted to combine my life experience with my business expertise to grow the game of tennis, effect change in various communities, and influence high performance outcomes.

As a mom with two daughters who both play tennis, do you think having strong female role models are important  to their tennis game? Why?

Yes, I think having strong role models are important because it perpetuates the “I can do this too!” attitude and at times, it can facilitate easier communication between player and coach when it is female to female. Thankfully, tennis is a sport that has strong role models at every turn.

As a former pro player, current coach, and mom how does it feel that some kids may look up to you as their role model?

As I reflect on all of those roles, I feel as though it is an awesome responsibility to be an excellent role model to my own children, other young tennis players, all children and adults as well. Having traveled the athletic path from learning on my neighborhood courts to the pros, it is important to share how that journey has shaped me and set an example to inspire others to continue to excel in their own game and life.

What would you tell a girl who dreams of being a professional tennis player?

I would tell her a number of things:

I tell a girl who dreams of being a professional tennis player to first dream of being the best you that you can be. Whether it is on the tennis court, off the tennis court, in the classroom or beyond.

I tell her to work your hardest every day to be better than you were yesterday. The standard you set for yourself is the standard you will become.

Being a professional athlete/tennis player is a different path and if you want to be different then you have to “be different.”

I tell her to get up in the morning and do the best you can then go to sleep and get back up in the morning and do it all over again.

What is the most satisfying part of being a professional tennis player/coach?

The most satisfying part of being a professional tennis player when I was playing tennis was to work hard at getting it right on the court, to see the world while doing it, and the relationships that I made that have lasted a lifetime.

The two most satisfying parts of being a professional tennis player/coach now is one, that I have a platform of experience to speak from to mentor, motivate, inspire, and change the lives of young players; and two, I have experience to initiate growth, change, and innovative initiatives as well.

What has it been like seeing your daughters pursue tennis?

(Laughs) This may be the most satisfying and difficult aspect of my tennis career to date.  I want the best for them, so as a parent that is emotional. As a coach, you know that the tough lessons are often the best lessons.  But, at the end of the day I know that the life lessons and experiences that tennis will afford them will make them better human beings with the game in their lives than without.

To continue advancing the role women have in sports, USTA Mid-Atlantic is building a dynamic community of women who will have a strong, positive, collective impact on communities across the region. Led by Jeri Ingram, the Women’s Giving Circle brings together women who share common philanthropic goals and want to become more involved philanthropically in tennis. To learn more about how to join the giving circle and be a leader in the tennis community, please contact Helen Li at li@mas.usta.com.