Racquet Sports Industry magazine recently announced its 2011 Champions of Tennis, honoring those who continue to make tennis a winner. Among those honored were several members of the United States Professional Tennis Association.
Feisal Hassan of Midlothian, Va., was named RSI's USPTA Member of the Year. Hassan, who is a USPTA Master Professional and was recently named USPTA Pro of the Year, has been a USPTA member for more than 20 years. He has been very committed to the USPTA and USTA. In addition, he has coached at the national/international level for the country of Zimbabwe. He and his family are heavily involved with the developmentally challenged population and community, volunteering with groups such as Trinity Lutheran Church, Ministry to the Developmentally Challenged Adults (Special Needs Ministry) and Special Olympics.
Jeff Rothstein, a USPTA-certified member for 37 years, was chosen as the RSI Junior Tennis Champion of the Year. Rothstein is the director of junior development ad QuickStart Tennis at Centercourt Athletic Club in Chatham, N.J. He has had a huge impact on 10 and Under Tennis in the Eastern region.
USPTA Professional Bruce Caton is the director of tennis at the Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, Fla., which was named the RSI Municipal Facility of the Year. Caton has been a USPTA member for 11 years. His facility, which has 18 hard courts and 10 clay courts, is the largest tennis facility in Pensacola, Fla. In addition to offering a variety of programming, the facility has numerous tournaments and charity events each year.
Mike Woody, a USPTA-certified member for 25 years, was named RSI's Tennis Advocate of the Year. Woody, who is the executive director of the Midland Community Tennis Center in Midland, Mich., leads a team of 35 to deliver a variety of creative tennis programs for all ages and ability levels. He also manages the annual Dow Corning Tennis Classic, which is a USTA Pro Circuit event.
USPTA Professional Timon Corwin is the general manager, COO and managing director of tennis at Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove, Wis., which was named the RSI Private Facility of the Year. The facility offers competitive and recreational teams and leagues, 10 and Under Tennis programs, and a variety of other programming. The facility has 14 outdoor courts, three of which are clay, and four indoor courts, as well as ownership of Moorland Park with eight indoor courts. In addition, it has a state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming pool and banquet center. The club also does much to bring tennis to the kids in the community.
For a complete list of 2011 RSI Champions of Tennis categories and recipients, visit www.racquetsportsindustry.com.