| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) honored those who stand out and go above and beyond in all aspects of the tennis industry at the Tennis Teachers Conference on Saturday evening. USPTA, the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals, recognized tennis coaches, industry leaders and volunteers during its annual national awards presentation at the Grand Hyatt New York.

In recognition of his business acumen and advancing the sport of tennis in his community, Jeff Rothstein (Pine Brook, N.J.) received the USPTA’s Industry Excellence Award, which recognizes members who increase tennis activity in their communities. This award is sponsored by the Tennis Industry Association, and Rothstein will receive a $1,000 grant from the TIA and a Tennis Tutor ball machine from Sports Tutor for use in his programs. As the Executive Regional Director of Junior Tennis Development and Programming at Centercourt Athletic Club in Chatham, New Jersey, Rothstein grew the 10 and Under Tennis program to more than 850 unique players since 2009. He also increased pro shop sales by 35 percent and raised $14,000 for Academy Cares in the last year. Rothstein has volunteered with the USTA Eastern section, USTA Eastern/NJ region, USTA National Junior Competition Committee and USPTA Eastern.