ITA Coaches Convention
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About the ITA Coaches Convention
An annual event since 1985, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coaches Convention is one of the best professional development opportunities for collegiate tennis coaches today.
Nearly 300 men's and women's college tennis coaches at all levels gather each year for the convention. The four-day convention is highlighted by some of the most influential people in the sport of tennis. In addition to offering clinics, panel discussions, awards banquet, a trade show and a chance to exchange ideas, the ITA Coaches Convention serves as the venue for the association’s annual meetings, which includes its Board of Director and Operating Committee sessions.
“The convention is always a very exciting time of the year for our Coaches Association,” says ITA Executive Director David A Benjamin. “Besides being able to take in great clinics and workshops at a beautiful resort in a great city, the coaches also have a forum to meet and discuss the important issues within college tennis today."
The 2012 ITA Coaches Convention will take place at the Waldorf Astoria Naples in Naples, Florida, December 15-18, 2012. Highlights include the USTA Junior Showcase, clinics and the ITA Mini Trade Show & Passport Party presented by the USTA. The ITA Membership & Awards Banquet will feature keynote speaker, champion tennis player, Roy Emerson, courtesy of Wilson as well as presentation of awards for Wilson/ITA Coaches of the Year, USTA/ITA Campus & Community Outreach and USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year. In addition this year, are three new USTA/ITA awards for: Excellence in Collegiate Varsity Tennis, Collegiate Varsity Performer of the Year and Collegiate Varsity Volunteer of the Year.
Born on a farm in Australia, Roy Emerson, moved to the city of Brisbane where he was able to receive better tennis instruction. In 1961, Roy Emerson won his first Australian Open singles championship and then five more in consecutive order from 1963 to 1967. In 1964 he won 55 consecutive matches and finished the year with 109 victories out of 115 matches. He won three of the four Grand Slam events that year, losing only at the French Open. He was the No. 1 ranked player in the world in 1964 and 1965.
Known as Emmo, he was the Wimbledon singles champion twice and the doubles champion on three occasions. In addition to winning the French Open singles title in 1963 and again in 1967, he teamed up with five different partners and won the French doubles championship six consecutive times from 1960 to 1965. In the United States, he captured two singles titles and four doubles titles at the US Open.
Emerson is the only male tennis player in history to win singles and doubles titles at all four Grand Slam events. He held the record for most Grand Slam singles titles at 12 until surpassed by Pete Sampras in 2000. Added to his singles victories, his 16 doubles titles gives him the record total of 28 Grand Slam championships. As well, he holds the record for Davis Cup team championships with eight and the individual record of 11 singles victories in the international competition.
He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1982.
Roy Emerson resides in Newport Beach, California and has a home in Gstaad, Switzerland where he holds a tennis clinic each summer. In 1978, he teamed up with his son Anthony to win the United states Hard Court Father-and-Son championship.
Grand Slam Tournament wins:
singles champion - 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967
doubles champion - 3 times
singles champion - 1963, 1967
doubles - 6 consecutive championships from 1960 to 1965
singles champion - 1964, 1965
doubles champion - 2 times
singles champion - 1963, 1967
doubles champion - 4 times
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