| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The United States Tennis Association (USTA), in collaboration with the USPTA, announced that the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference (TTC) at the Grand Hyatt New York, will kick-off on August 22, bringing one of the largest gatherings of tennis teaching professionals and coaches in the last decade. More than 1,400 attendees are expected at the four day conference and trade show. The event aims to provide the best learning experience for tennis teachers and coaches by offering educational resources, facilitating innovative teaching techniques, and creating networking opportunities among the members of the various associations.

The TTC will feature the world’s leading coaches, including Patrick McEnroe, USTA Player Development General Manager; Paul Annacone, Australian Open doubles champion and former coach of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras; Judy Murray, mother of Andy Murray and British Fed Cup Captain; Rick Macci, former coach of Jennifer Capriati and the Williams sisters; Jose Higueras, USTA Player Development and former coach of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras; Tom Gullikson, former U.S. Davis Cup Captain and former coach of Jim Courier; and Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Naval Institute (Ret.) Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

The conference gathers the leading tennis teaching professionals and coaches in the industry to share best practices, and will include a series of interactive on-court sessions and presentations. This year’s TTC will include five themes: High Performance, 10 and Under Tennis, Competition & Play, Club & Team Coaching, and Business & Professional Development.

The USPTA is joining the USTA in hosting the Tennis Teachers Conference. With this greater attendance and shared resources, the conference hopes to enhance and strengthen the education and development of more teaching professionals across the country. Additionally, the Tennis Teachers Conference will include access to The Tennis Show, an exhibit featuring products and services from the leading tennis industry companies, organizations and manufacturers. The Tennis Show is coordinated through the Tennis Industry Association and will take place on August 24.