Todd Martin, Former ATP Professional and USTA Board Member, Acquires TGA Premier Youth Tennis Franchise

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Todd Martin, Former ATP Professional and USTA Board Member, Acquires TGA Premier Youth Tennis Franchise.

School Based Tennis Program in Jacksonville to enrich the lives of area youth

November 30, 2012 – Jacksonville, FL – (iFranchiseNews.com) – In an effort to grow youth tennis, former ATP World Tour professional Todd Martin has acquired a TGA Premier Youth Tennis franchise. TGA, one of the nation’s most successful youth sports companies, and Todd Martin Tennis, will develop school-based tennis programs for youngsters in the Jacksonville, FL area.

TGA Premier Youth Tennis is a new initiative to grow the sport of tennis in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The organizations have developed the infrastructure and specialized curriculum to bring the sport to the masses in schools nationwide. It is the only national after-school tennis program in the country.

“TGA really appealed to me because in order for tennis to be a viable competitor in U.S. sports, it needs to be in the schools with other sports,” Martin explains. “The comprehensive curriculum, developed with the USTA, is also very exciting and proven to be effective.”

TGA began awarding franchises for its new tennis business in partnership with the USTA earlier this year. Together, they aim to grow youth tennis, support the 10 and Under Tennis initiative, and enrich young people’s lives through physical activity, health and nutrition, education and character building.

School Based Tennis Program in Jacksonville to enrich the lives of area youth.

School Based Tennis Program in Jacksonville to enrich the lives of area youth.

“The innovative TGA model will grow the sport of tennis in the U.S. that is for sure. It also stands to help 10 and Under Tennis establish itself as the best pathway for children to get through the early stages of tennis development,” Martin says.

The USTA is delighted that Todd Martin has teamed up with their national partner, TGA.

“TGA has an outstanding national reputation for delivering tennis and enrichment (or life skills) to young children.  Todd is one of our sports greatest examples of a champion both on and off the court.  The youth of Jacksonville are very fortunate to have this after-school opportunity available to them,” said Scott Schultz, USTA’s Managing Director, Youth Tennis.

Martin, 42, is a graduate of Northwestern University and two-time Grand Slam finalist on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour. He reached as high as No. 4 in the ATP’s rankings in 1999 and won 13 career titles. He retired from the tour in 2004 and has continued to work in the sport. He has served as a coach to professionals Mardy Fish and Novak Djokovic, is a member of the USTA Board of Directors and operates Todd Martin Tennis (Jacksonville, FL) and founded the Todd Martin Development Fund (Lansing, MI) providing tennis and leadership programs to at-risk youth.

 

Todd Martin Tennis Pro and Franchise owner of TGA

Martin, 42, is a graduate of Northwestern University and two-time Grand Slam finalist on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour. He reached as high as No. 4 in the ATP’s rankings in 1999 and won 13 career titles. He retired from the tour in 2004 and has continued to work in the sport.

Martin sees the possibilities of developing more elite junior players in the future. “Every time a child picks up a racquet for the first time, there is the potential that he or she will have a special life in competitive tennis. Greater access to the sport at elementary schools through a program like TGA can only improve our chances of developing the next generation of elite players.”

Joshua Jacobs, founder and CEO of TGA Premier Youth Tennis, appreciates the prestige that Martin brings to the program, “To have someone of Todd’s stature and disposition within the tennis community recognize our unique school based model as a way to grow youth tennis is very gratifying for us,” Jacobs says. “By acquiring a TGA franchise, Todd is developing a successful player pathway in Jacksonville that will ultimately lead students and their families to Todd Martin Tennis and other junior programs which will provide a strong opportunity to develop elite and avid tennis players.”

TGA Premier Youth Tennis of The First Coast is expected to impact thousands of youth annually by introducing the sport to children in schools, child care centers and community organizations through a multi-level instruction program in elementary schools, and a play-based curriculum in middle schools. TGA will then transition the students to local tennis facilities and USTA youth programs.

“Our vision for TGA of The First Coast is to increase the number of youth playing tennis. This will result in consistent enrollment for Todd Martin Tennis, as well as 10 and Under Tennis programming,” Martin states. “It will also improve enrollment at other junior programs in the Jacksonville area. We see that inherent competition being a very good thing.”

TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA) is a youth development program executed through franchises. Its franchisees are self-starters who have a passion for helping children become involved in youth sports. It also involves them in the tennis industry.

TGA introduces youth to tennis at elementary and middle schools, child care centers, and community-based organizations through a multi-level enrichment program before transitioning them to tennis facilities and USTA initiatives nationwide.

TGA is a national partner with the United States Tennis Association, a national supporting organization of the Afterschool Alliance and Lights on Afterschool and is a corporate advocate and national partner of the President’s Challenge on Physical Fitness, as well as the National Council of Youth Sports.

For more information on TGA, visit www.playtga.com or follow @tgayouthtennis on Twitter.

Media Contacts:

TGA of the First Coast

Sean Maymi

(904) 285-4118

seanmaymi@playtga.com

TGA Premier Golf & Tennis

Kevin Frisch – Public Relations

(989) 614-0241

kevin@playtga.com

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