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.
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.