USPTA CEO Announces Retirement

John Embree announces retirement after 11 years of service

LAKE NONA, FL, April 19, 2023 — John Embree, chief executive officer of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), Inc., has announced his retirement, planned to go in effect at the end of 2023. He has served the association for 11 years as CEO and executive director, capping off a 50-year career in the tennis industry.

“Serving as CEO of the USPTA has been the most gratifying experience of my career,” Embree said. “When I started, my goal was to make a difference. The total focus has always been on our members, and I hope I’ve helped in giving them the best possible experience with the USPTA.”

The USPTA Board of Directors will follow its succession plan that includes hiring a search firm to help discover Embree’s successor. The USPTA plans to name its next CEO this fall.

Embree said he is willing to assist his successor in their transition through the end of the year.


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. Learn more at


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