USPTA Celebrates 40th Episode of “On Court with USPTA(tm)”
-- “The Mental Component of Tennis” is title of 40th episode --
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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03/08/07 - “On Court with USPTA,” the cable TV show produced by the United States Professional Tennis Association, recently completed its 40th episode titled “The Mental Component of Tennis.” The USPTA’s multimedia department has been producing award winning instructional tennis shows for The Tennis Channel since 2003.
“On Court” is a 30-minute instructional show featuring USPTA-certified professionals as guest instructors. The USPTA became the first tennis-teaching organization ever to produce and air an educational television series on playing and teaching tennis on The Tennis Channel in 2003. Since then, shows have been produced that provide instruction about technique, strategy and other facets of the game, such as fun and fitness.
“The Mental Component of Tennis” is an overview of the mental aspects involved in learning and playing successfully. It features interviews with USPTA Master Professionals Jim Parker, David T. Porter, Ed. D., and Jim Loehr, Ed. D. The episode focuses on the fact that the game of tennis is much more than strategy and technique – it also requires a mental balance of self-esteem, confidence, independence, discipline, temperament, concentration, goal setting, sportsmanship and competitive readiness.
In 2007 you can look for more exciting episodes of “On Court with USPTA.” “We have an excellent lineup this year that I think everyone will enjoy with top instructors such as Brett Hobden, Jack Groppel, Rick Macci and Jim Loehr,” said Tim Heckler, CEO of the USPTA. “Our goal is to help people learn and improve their skills, increase the number of people who play tennis, and produce the best tennis instructional show available.”
Joe Birkmire is the show’s director and editor, Brad Wadsworth is video editor/animator/graphic designer, and H.R. Topham is video editor/videographer. Other production team members are Tim Beyer, Rick Bostrom, Scott Bucic, Julie Myers, Shawna Riley, Fred Viancos and executive producer Tim Heckler.
Check local listings for The Tennis Channel availability and show times for “On Court with USPTA.” DVDs of “The Mental Component of Tennis ” and all other “On Court” episodes are available for purchase online at www.uspta.com.
Founded in 1927, USPTA celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2007. It strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers more than 30 professional benefits to its 14,500 members worldwide, including certification and professional development. With more than 300 days of educational opportunities throughout the year, USPTA offers the most comprehensive continuing education program in the tennis industry. For more information, call (800) 877-8248 or visit www.uspta.com.