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  By Henry Wool

  Grade 7, Edmunds Middle School

My favorite place is the tennis court. Everything about it gives me a joyful sensation.

Running, my shoes squeaking and skit­tering as I run to hit the ball. Pop! The ball striking off my racquet, the strands of the ball now stuck to it.

Playing the point, trying to execute every shot and place the ball in the cor­ners; then the happiness - being satisfied with myself or if not, trying to pick out the things I did wrong and correct them.

The game of tennis gives me happiness, pleasure and joy. I feel the sun beaming on my face, the ball bouncing; I am alive and free.

~~ Burlington Free Press – October 5, 2013



USTA Vermont seeks an intern in 2014 to assist the Coordinator of Junior Tennis in grassroots and marketing programs across the state. The 14-week internship, which has some degree of flexibility, begins May 19th and ends August 22nd. The intern will work an average of 15-20 hours a week conducting USTA Vermont business and 10-15 hours a week on-court in our Parks & Recreation partnerships. Tennis and marketing background preferred. The potential earning income is $3,500. Read More

USTA New England Interim Co-Executive Directors

USTA New England announces the appointment of two long-serving, experienced staff members to serve as Interim Co-Executive Directors of the association, effective immediately. John Bresnahan, Director of Finance and Accounting, will work alongside Heather Anastos, Director of Competitive Tennis, to fill the vital role of leading the association in the short term. Read More

2014 Vermont Senior Games Tennis Tournament - Save the Date

The 2014 Vermont Senior Games Tennis Tournament will be held Saturday, September 6 at The Quechee Club - 8 wonderful Har-Tru courts. Learn more about The Quechee Club and the tournament by clicking on Read More. Read More

USTA New England Board of Directors

USTA New England is looking for individuals to serve on its Board of Directors for its 3-year term that begins in January 2015. Information and the online application can be accessed at http://www.newengland.usta.com/About-Us/Board_Committees/?intloc=headernavsub. I encourage everyone to look at the information and application. The application deadline is April 30, 2014. Read More

Junior Team Tennis Winter League

USTA Vemont will be running a winter Junior Team Tennis League from November 16, 2013 through March 9, 2014. There is no registration deadline - a player can register any time and attend as many or few matches that fit into his/her schedule. Read More

Teaching Lifetime Lessons through a Lifetime Sport

Stowe’s 12U USTA Vermont Junior Team Tennis players were shocked to see some of their opponents in their July 19th against the King Street Center, a team comprised of resettled refugees, set out on the clay courts in socks and even bare feet. Moved by this eye-opening encounter, the young Stowe players became inspired to make a difference in their new friends’ lives and resolved to provide the King Street players with proper gear and equipment. Read the full story! Read More

2013 USTA Vermont Junior Rankings

In the U12 Boys, Sam Walker was #1 with a total of 1630 point acquired through 10 tournaments and Josh Ashooh was #2 with a total of 1035 points acquired through 7 tournaments. The scholarship recipients were Diane Benedicto and Nathaniel Wells. Click on Read More to see the complete list of rankings. Read More

Tennis Fun at Burlington's Kids Day

Tennis and USTA Vermont starred on Saturday at Burlington’s Kids Day, Vermont's largest children's festival with attendance of up to 5,000. Kids and parents had a ball on the three mini-courts giving 10 and Under Tennis a go. A big thank you from USTA Vermont to all the volunteers. See more pictures! Read More

Kim Mihan Named PTR Vermont Member of the Year

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards next month during the 2013 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes 50-plus on court and classroom presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, a trade show and tournament, is being held May 2-5 at the new Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Read More

Vermont Tennis Town Meeting

Mike Kolendo and Scott Barker present at the Vermont Tennis Town Meeting held March 9th at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier. The conference went well. Everyone loved Ned's presentation on the evolution of Tenacity and Jake's accounting of Kids on the Ball. And - there was lots of back and forth discussion. USTA Vermont thanks everyone who attended and we look forward to helping the implementation of some of the great ideas. Read More

Wendy Watson is 2012 Vermont Volunteer of the Year

Wendy is a “lifer” in tennis. She gained her passion for tennis from her parents who have been avid players all their lives. Growing up at Phillips Exeter Academy and then moving to Hanover, NH where her parents were tennis and hockey coaches at Dartmouth College, Wendy had many opportunities to play and compete. She played #1 singles and doubles at Hanover High School for four years, where she won the doubles state title in her junior and senior years before heading in 1983 to UNH to play. Read More

2013 League Restructuring

Changes are coming in League tennis begining in the fall of 2013. The changes cited are pending USTA New England approval. The information includes approximate times when the various divisions will be played in Vermont. Read More

Vermont Dream Project

Vermont Dream Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 2009. Its mission is to support and create projects that provide healthy, affordable, and educational opportunities to enrich life. Presently, Vermont Dream Project, Inc. is supporting four main community projects: Racquet Replay Program, Souls for Sneakers, Community Tennis Courts, and Sister City Programs. In 2012, hundreds of racquets were given away and shared through the community library program. Learn more. Read More

New Englanders on 2013-2014 USTA Committees

Congratulations to the New Englanders who have been appointed to serve on 2013-2014 USTA committees! New England is well-represented with individuals serving on twenty-nine committees. Find out who will be representing New England! Read More

USTA New England Staff Promotions

Congratulations to Alex Hinckley, Sarah Rice, and John Bresnahan who were recently promoted at USTA New England! Find out more about the responsibilities of these dedicated USTA New England staff. Read More

Hartley and Hulsen Win National Senior Tournament

The Vermont team of Kristin Hartley and Jeanne Hulsen won the 45 Women's Doubles in the Fiesta Bowl Open held December 5–9, 2012 at the Scottsdale Athletic Club & Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Check out the full results and find out more about the event! Read More

USTA Serves Awards Grants to Vermont Organizations

The Boys & Girls Club of Rutland and King Street Center in Burlington are recipients of grants from USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association. The Boys and Girls Club received $6,000 to expand tennis programming and King Street received $10,000 for Kids on the Ball! Read More

Jeanne Hulsen Named to New England Senior Tennis Foundation Board

Jeanne Hulsen of Burlington recently joined the New England Senior Tennis Foundation Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of USTA Vermont. Jeanne is the longtime Director of Athletics at Burlington High School, where she is head coach of the girl’s varsity team. For the past seven summers Jeanne has been the head tennis pro at Burlington Tennis Club. A nationally ranked senior player, Jeanne has represented USTA New England in national and international team competitions. Read More

National Tennis Center

United States Tennis Association Unveils Strategic Vision for Future Development at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. “The US Open is one of the city’s greatest sporting events, and it generates more than $750 million a year in economic activity,” said Mayor Bloomberg. Read More

Kirsten McEdward: Mission Accomplished

Kirsten McEdward stepped down in 2011 after a year s of growing the game of tennis in Vermont and New England. The following is an article that appeared about Kirsten inSept/Oct USTA Magazie. Read all about her accomplishments. It's not too late! Read More