JPTA and USPTA Sign Three Year Agreement Extending a Nearly 40-Year Working Relationship

LAKE NONA, FL - On September 22, 2021, at the USPTA World Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Japan Professional Tennis Association (JPTA) renewed their long-standing partnership and agreement for an additional three years, beginning in January, 2022. Initially signed in May 1982, the USPTA and the JPTA have worked together for nearly 40 years, promoting professional tennis-teaching standards through the USPTA/JPTA certification pathway. 

The partnership helps ensure that certified tennis-teaching professionals belonging to the JPTA and the USPTA provide professional tennis instruction to players seeking to learn the sport or improve their game. Additionally, the agreement gives JPTA members an international membership in the USPTA, providing JPTA members access to a wealth of USPTA tennis-teaching educational resources, including digital industry magazines, online videos, live educational webinars, and additional racquet sport certifications.

Representing the Japan Professional Tennis Association during the signing ceremony were Toshi Fujinuma, President, and Jun Hirasawa, International Representative. Representing the USPTA were Feisal Hassan, President, and John Embree, CEO. “The USPTA is excited about continuing our relationship with the JPTA,” said Embree. “The two associations have a long history of cooperating to raise the standards of the tennis-teaching professional in Japan, and by working together, we help set international qualification standards for the sport.”

About the JPTA: Founded in 1972, the Japan Professional Tennis Association is an association of tennis professionals consisting of professional coaches and professional tennis players. The JPTA believes that the spread of tennis, and creating a high-quality tennis culture, is its ultimate mission. For more information about the JPTA, visit

About the USPTA: Founded in 1927, the United States Professional Tennis Association is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 14,000 members worldwide and 17 divisions nationwide, the Association’s mission is to raise the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and to promote a greater awareness of the sport.

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