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Careers in Tennis

If you played tennis in college or as a hobby, are you interested in taking advantage of those skills? Did you know there are many other ways to make great money in a tennis-based career besides playing professionally?

The top players, for example, had to first be taught tennis, and there has never been a greater demand for tennis teachers than today as the sport's popularity rapidly increases throughout the U.S. and the world.

If teaching and working to improve a player’s skill level is something that appeals to you, it’s easy to get started and on the path to a successful and rewarding career by becoming a certified USPTA Professional. In the same way a college degree proves to employers you have the knowledge and skills they are hiring you for, becoming USPTA-certified lets clubs know you have passed theoretical and practical testing to demonstrate your tennis and teaching skills. Many jobs require you to be certified, and the smiles of the kids and adults whose games you are responsible for improving – not to mention the health benefits from staying active – will make it all worth it.

Plus, unlike a college degree, it doesn’t take years to become USPTA-certified. In fact, depending on your knowledge base, skills, and the time you can afford to study, becoming a certified pro can take a matter of weeks! You will then be qualified for a wide range of teaching positions at clubs and resorts, but it doesn’t end there. USPTA Pros are afforded more opportunities to climb to higher ranks in the industry, becoming Head Professionals, Directors of Tennis and even Club Managers. Current USPTA Pros have become top officers in companies such as USTA and TIA and they all started out by passing our exams and teaching tennis to students.

Coaches who choose to remain uncertified face great challenges when many of their peers have shown a greater commitment to the sport. Employers recognize this. Simply put, there is no faster and easier way to kick-start a long and successful career in tennis than through USPTA.

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Career Choices

USPTA professionals have job titles including general manager, director of tennis, assistant professional and coach. They direct tennis businesses, develop tennis programming, oversee tennis operations, teach lessons and coach individual players and teams. They perform their jobs at all types of facilities, such as private and commercial clubs, public tennis centers and parks, colleges and schools.

USPTA members also work as pro shop owners, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, club managers and association executives. Other members use their tennis backgrounds to work as sport psychologists, nutrition experts, television executives and more.

The following is a list of common job titles and responsibilities for USPTA members based on their certification ratings or status. These descriptions do not reflect all possible variances to customary jobs for USPTA professionals.

Job titles

Job responsibilities

Professional rating

Club manager, director of tennis, head tennis professional

All Elite Professional responsibilities, plus club management

Master Professional (Must achieve tested rating of Elite Professional, plus have remarkable achievements in teaching, playing, industry service and education.)

Director of tennis, head tennis professional

Direct tennis programs, develop lesson programs, manage pro shops and tennis facility operations, direct activities, handle administrative duties, such as hiring, developing budgets, directing communications, serving as integral part of professional management team

Elite Professional (highest tested rating)

Head tennis professional, associate professional, assistant professional

Organize and implement tennis programs, assist with and develop competitive players, assist with and/or direct pro shop management, facility maintenance, conduct private and group lessons, assist with tennis programs


High school coach, part-time teacher/coach

Assist full-time staff with camps, group lessons and other grassroots programming

Recreational Coaches (nontested)

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Employment Opportunities

There are currently no open positions at the USPTA

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The USPTA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The USPTA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

The USPTA expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of USPTA employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

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