USPTA Extends Playmate Agreement in Tennis and Adds Pickleball

LAKE NONA, FL, Aug. 3, 2023 — The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), Inc. announces it will extend its agreement with Playmate Tennis Machines for three years. As of the agreement, Playmate will continue to serve as the Official Ball Machine of the USPTA and will now also serve as the Official Pickleball Ball Machine of the USPTA.

“Playmate Ball Machines is excited to extend this agreement with the USPTA,” said Anna Norris, CFO of Metaltek. “With this continued partnership, we support the USPTA’s vision by manufacturing the best products with features that teaching professionals need. The addition of the Playmate Pickleball Machine allows us to meet the growth into other racquet sports.”

Playmate has been the Official Ball Machine of the USPTA since 2017 and has committed to serving its tennis-teaching professionals into 2026.

“Playmate has been the industry leader in ball machines for many years. And, they have been an ardent supporter of the USPTA for even longer,” said USPTA CEO John Embree. “If you need a ball machine, they’re the best. We are ecstatic to have Playmate continue to support our tennis-teaching professionals and expand into our pickleball endeavors. We are looking forward to continuing our storied relationship.”

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

About Playmate Ball Machines: 
Playmate Ball Machines has been manufacturing ball machines since 1973 and is celebrating 50 years. Their products are manufactured in the U.S. and are sold worldwide. The family-owned and operated company is best known for being the most reliable and technologically advanced in their field. For more information regarding their products, go to


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