If none of the on-court career options appeal to you, there is probably no better way to be involved in the tennis industry than to work for one of the nation’s many tennis organizations.
These organizations live and breathe tennis. And they all require bright people who are passionate about tennis to manage and administer their programs and other activities. For example, the United States Tennis Association, the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States, is the largest tennis organization in the world, with 17 geographical sections, nearly 730,000 individual and 8,400 organizational members, and thousands of volunteers.
Its Community Tennis Division strives to grow the game of tennis at every level with a goal of making the game accessible to everyone; its Professional Tennis Division manages all aspects of the USTA’s involvement in the professional sport, including the US Open and 94 Pro Circuit events, among others; its Player Development Division provides American junior, collegiate, and young professional players with opportunities to reach their maximum potential.
To accomplish its mission and goals, the USTA needs talented professionals and executives in marketing, sales, sponsorship, public relations, membership, program management, publishing, business operations, finance and accounting, legal, human resources, and many other disciplines.
The same applies to the other tennis industry organizations—ITA, WTT, PTR, USPTA, NIRSA, NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, etc—where thousands of career opportunities are waiting for you. In addition to a career with one of the tennis organizations, there are many other off-court careers in the tennis industry.
Just a few examples include working as a sales representative for manufacturers of tennis racquets, balls, and other equipment as well as tennis clothing, writing books on tennis, and working for companies that specialize in delivering tennis services where you would find opportunities in TV, travel, sales, writing, meeting and event planning, and many other areas.
Why not choose a lifelong career that captivates your interests, affords opportunities to travel and meet interesting people, and offers multiple avenues for growth? Here is a list of some of the various types of careers you may find within a tennis organization.
- Business Development/Operations
- Customer Service
- Court Construction/Facility Design
- Human Resources
- Information Systems / IT/Web Design
- Marketing & Promotion
- Product Management
- Public Relations / Journalism
- Research & Development
- Retail / Pro Shop
- Sales Operations
- Sports Medicine/Psychology