USTA Names Eliot Teltscher and Paul Roetert to Lead USA Tennis High Performance Program

March 10, 2009 03:45 PM

Jim Courier and Todd Martin Also Join USA Tennis Player Development Effort

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 3, 2003 -- USTA Executive Director Rick Ferman has named Paul Roetert, Managing Director, USA Tennis High Performance, and Eliot Teltscher, Director of Tennis Operations, USA Tennis High Performance. The USA Tennis High Performance program is charged with creating the optimal environment and competitive system to support America’s top prospects and facilitate the development of world-class American tennis champions.

Davis Cup Coach Jim Courier and two-time Grand Slam singles finalist and U.S. Davis Cup team player Todd Martin have joined Fed Cup Captain Billie Jean King and Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe as Special Advisors to the USA Tennis High Performance program. They will provide regular input on the direction of the program, identifying top prospects and providing assistance in training. Martin becomes the program’s first-ever player/coach.

“With Paul and Eliot assuming leadership roles, we are fortunate to have two unique skill sets to continue our commitment to High Performance,” said Ferman. “We have an experienced manager in Paul and an accomplished player and successful coach in Eliot. Their experience, combined with that of Jim, Todd, Billie Jean and Patrick, will strengthen our program going forward.”

“The ability to hire from within is a tribute to the staff we have in place,” said Alan Schwartz, Chairman of the Board, President and C.E.O., USTA. “Paul and Eliot understand the challenges and opportunities we face in maximizing the results of USA Tennis High Performance at each of the 17 Sections of the USTA as well as nationally. The addition of Jim Courier and Todd Martin, two great American champions, brings exciting new resources and coaching talent to the program.”

Roetert, based at USA Tennis High Performance headquarters in Key Biscayne, Fla., will oversee the management and administration of the USA Tennis High Performance program which includes enhanced coaches education programs, top supplemental coaching and training, sports science, international junior competition, and USTA Pro Circuit and tour events. He was named Director, Administration for the USA Tennis High Performance program in September 2001.

Teltscher, a 10-time ATP titlist and coach of two national junior champions and some of the United States’ top professional players--including Pete Sampras and, most recently, Taylor Dent--will oversee all tennis and training components of the program, including the launch of the USA Tennis High Performance Training Center at AEG’s Home Depot National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

Teltscher will be supported in this newly created position by Lynne Rolley, Director of Women’s Tennis, and Rodney Harmon, Director of Men’s Tennis, as well as by Jose Higueras, who will be working with players throughout the program. Teltscher rose to a career high world singles ranking of six and represented the United States in Davis Cup competition three times. The former men’s tennis coach at Pepperdine University and All-American at UCLA returned to the USTA last year as National Coach, a role he held from 1998-2000.

Roetert and Teltscher will lead the USA Tennis High Performance program following the departure of Paul Annacone, who this month rejoins Pete Sampras as full-time coach.

“The groundwork for the future of USA Tennis High Performance is in place with a system of coaching, guidance, top facilities and a competitive environment for training and coaching,” said Roetert. “Working collaboratively with Eliot and our entire USTA family, we can make a greater impact with the top emerging players.”

“It is an exciting new challenge to be part of the effort to build American champions,” said Teltscher. “I look forward to working with the best young American players and helping them reach their fullest potential.”

The United States Tennis Association is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and is a non-profit organization with more than 660,000 members. It owns and operates the US Open and selects the teams that compete in Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels.