Harmon named USPTR president

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Rodney Harmon, the former Tour player who has had a long career as a coach and administrator, has been named the new president of the U.S. Professional Tennis Registry.

“I look forward to further raising the profile of our profession while attracting a young, passionate and diverse group of coaches to our industry,” the 56-year-old said in a statement.

Harmon has been a USTA national coach, the men’s tennis coach at the University of Miami, the director of men’s tennis for the USTA (from 2002 to 2008) and currently is the women’s tennis head coach at Georgia Tech.

USTA Foundation raises $9 million in ’17

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The charitable arm of the USTA, the USTA Foundation, announced Wednesday that it raised a record $9 million in 2017.

The funds are used to support National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) programs across the country.

More than $3.3 million in grants and scholarships were awarded to students and organizations in 2017. 

The organization has handed out more than $28 million since its inception.

The NJTL was founded nearly 50 years ago, by the late Arthur Ashe and longtime Indian Wells tournament director Charlie Pasarell. 

You want to buy this tennis beer

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There’s almost nothing better than a cold beer after a tennis match on a hot summer’s day.

Except maybe a special tennis beer.

Mark Hellendrung, president of the Rhode Island-based Narragansett Beer Co. found that his brewery’s new location was right next to where the old plant where Bancroft rackets were made used to stand. So the tennis player decided to pay homage.

Per Tennis Industry News, Hellendrung chose the name of the late-summer blonde ale – “Up or Down Ale” – to honor the pre-match tradition of spinning the Bancroft wooden stick for serve.

Great retro design, too.