| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff


The annual United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Eastern Conference takes place this weekend at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

The event features a number of instructional and informative workshops, classes and seminars. Below is the weekend’s schedule:

Friday, May 3

9:00-3:00 p.m.   USPTA Tennis Certification                                    

6:00-8:00 p.m.   Eastern Board Closed Meeting                             

Saturday, May 4

9:00-10:00 a.m.     Mark Savage "Tennis Pro to Club Owner (The battle with being vague)"  

10:00-11:00 a.m.   Trish Faulkner  "Hiring Tips and How to Manage Staff and Avoid Conflicts"

11:00-12:00 p.m.   Craig O'Shannesy "Breaking Down The Baseline Like Never Before"     

12:00-1:30 p.m.     State of the Association & Eastern Awards Luncheon

1:30-2:45 p.m.       "The Future of Teach Tennis'  - Panel Discussion featuring Craig Cignarelli, Craig O’Shannesy and Mark Savage

3:00-4:00 p.m.       Craig Cignarelli  "The Tactical Foundation and High Performance Drills"

4:00-4:30 p.m.       Wilson Racquet Demo followed by Ad Staff Meeting

4:30-6:00 p.m.       POP Tennis Prize Money Tournament

6:30-8:00 p.m.       Cocktail Party/Trade Show

Sunday, May 5

9:00-10:00 a.m.       Bob Schewior "How To Spend The Time Between Points"            

10:00-11:00 a.m.     Craig Cignarelli "The Long Road To Excellence"

11:30-12:30 p.m.     Craig O'Shannesy "Pro Patterns Live"    


The conference also highlights the organizations award winners. We want to thank the USPTA Eastern for naming Long Island and New York Tennis Magazine has the Publications of the Year.

Below is the full list of award winners:

College Coach of the Year: Stephen Thirolle​

Division Tester: Rod Bailey

Facility Manager of the Year: Deanna Kernan​

High School Coach of the Year: Todd Hicks

Industry Excellence Award: Wael Kilani

USPTA STARS Award: Adrienne Alteri

30 and Under Award: Ben Marks

Publication of the Year: New York/Long Island Tennis Magazine

Click Here to learn more about the conference, or to register.