The United States Sports Academy will begin providing continuing education units for the Professional Tennis Registry’s (PTR) new training program that teaches tennis professionals and coaches about improving the performance level of players.

The PTR Master of Tennis Performance Program was developed to give tennis coaches the knowledge, skills and assessment tools they need to help young players with potential progress in the sport. The first of three programs for players of different skill levels kicks off in July.

The program can be completed at the coaches’ own pace, allowing them to work around their full-time jobs. The 18 progressive courses include a mixture of online learning, home study and practical on court learning in small groups with fellow professionals. Coaches can complete the program in as few as nine months or in as long as two years. A maximum of 16 PTR professionals will be accepted to each program. Those who successfully complete the program will earn the rating of “PTR Master of Tennis – Performance.”

The Academy, which has continuing education affiliations with many sports bodies, will offer CEUs for the PTR Master of Tennis Performance. The PTR plans to debut the Master of Tennis Junior Development Program in February 2012 and an Adult Development Program will also get underway next year.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 14,000 members in 121 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.