Richard Slivocka, a native of Wichita, Kansas, has been a USPTA Elite Member since 2001. He has served the USPTA in many different capacities since becoming a USPTA member. He has served on the Executive Committee, National Awards Committee, the Missouri Valley Division as regional vice-president and president, and other various positions in both the Southwest and Missouri Valley Divisions. Slivocka has been recognized throughout the tennis industry for his outstanding teaching, speaking and contributions to the game. He has received many honors and awards throughout his coaching and playing career including USPTA Missouri Pro of the Year in 2005, USPTA Kansas Pro of the Year in 2011, USPTA Missouri Valley 35’s Player of the Year in 2012, USPTA Missouri Valley Player of the Year in 2013 and USPTA Missouri Valley Professional of the Year in 2015. Rich graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. At Wichita State, Rich was a three-time all-conference selection in singles and doubles. He helped his team to two conference titles and three NCAA tournament berths.