The nation’s first U.S. Tennis Congress, geared toward adult recreational tennis players, was held last month in Atlanta. USA Today dubbed the US Tennis Congress as the place for “one-stop shopping for instruction” featuring “a who’s who of experts from six continents.”
The prestigious faculty included multiple Grand Slam Champions, five former World #1 players, three of the world’s 10 dual PTR/USPTA Master Pros, even a celebrity chef- Carla Hall from ABC’s TV show, The Chew. Among this well-credentialed group were East Cobb’s own Joseph O’Dwyer, former professional player and current tennis coach at Olde Towne Athletic Club’s Ginepri Performance Tennis Academy and Lisa Jones, owner and instructor of East Cobb Yoga Sol, also based out of Olde Towne Athletic Club. Joseph O’Dwyer taught a variety of on-court sessions throughout the event, among them The Serve, Return of Serve in Doubles, The Forehand, Singles Strategy, and Doubles Strategy. Lisa Jones led multiple sessions of Tapping the Power of Yoga for Tennis: Recover, Restore, Rebalance, Renew to help players rejuvenate at the end of their long days of playing and learning.
The sold-out event brought together 250 participants who traveled to Atlanta from 32 U.S. states and several foreign countries. The goal of the Tennis Congress was to give passionate adult recreational players an unprecedented opportunity to learn from a world-class faculty about all aspects of training necessary to advance to the next level. For the first time, adult players were able to access customized, cutting-edge education on all aspects of training—technique, movement, strategy and tactics, fitness, injury prevention, nutrition, and mental conditioning. The event featured 350 workshops, seminars, and on-court classes taking place at both the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Conference Center and Peachtree City Tennis Center. “Think of it as a TED-style conference meets tennis super-camp,” said USTC founder P.J. Simmons.
For more information on this and upcoming events, visit www.ustenniscongress.com.
(Written by Lisa Stone. Stone is a tennis player, tennis parent, and creator of ParentingAces.com. She attended the US Tennis Congress both as media and as a recreational player hoping to improve her game. Lisa lives in East Cobb with her husband, Matthew. They have three children who attended Sope Creek, Dickerson, and Walton.)