LAKE NONA, Fla. –The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is proud
to present the 2022 USPTA Elevate Award to Travis Tressler from Fort Walton
Beach, FL (Florida Division).
The Elevate Award recognizes the achievements of USPTA certified
professionals with five or fewer years of service, which, through
tennis-teaching and volunteerism, have increased opportunities for others to
participate in tennis. This member exemplifies and emphasizes individual
achievement and sportsmanship, along with teaching the physical attributes of
the sport. In addition, this member has served the USPTA in some capacity and
has committed to grassroots tennis in their community.
Travis has been part of the USPTA for the last two years as
Florida’s Region 1 President, which covers the Florida panhandle. Working at a
public facility in a park, Travis aims to offer low-cost lessons to grow the
game and introduce people to tennis. He says he believes he’s there to serve
his community and help provide them with a high-quality public tennis center.
In 2021, as an employee for USTA Florida in the Tennis Management Division, he
hosted Special Olympics practices, middle school and high school practices and
matches, ran junior and adult tournaments and clinics, and introduced 25+
adults to tennis through Love 2 Learn classes. He also helped reintroduce adult
mixers to the community post-COVID. Travis has spent a lot of his time growing
tennis, but his plans don’t stop there. In the future, he hopes to utilize the
high school team and mentor younger players to get them involved with coaching
and the USPTA.
“It is important to recognize members who are making a
contribution in their community,” John Embree, USPTA CEO said. “We would like
to congratulate Travis on all the work he has done.”
About the USPTA: Founded in 1927, the USPTA 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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