About the Fellowship Program

The 2023 Fellowship in Tennis Coaching & Leadership Powered by Athleta is designed to train the next generation of leaders in tennis coaching through an integrative approach that focuses on the core competencies of foundational coaching.


The USTA is particularly proud to partner with Athleta in this very important initiative. Athleta’s commitment to empowering women and girls to reach their limitless potential is strongly reflected in their support of this program that is creating exceptional new pathways for aspiring female coaches.


This program is open to current and future tennis coaches of all genders, backgrounds and experiences. Its goal is to create a pipeline of qualified professionals that will recalibrate the number of diverse tennis leaders in the industry—and that will, in turn, attract, train and shape the next generation of participants.


The Fellowship provides aspiring professionals with a unique, immersive, and accelerated training opportunity with the USTA. Structured to deliver significant experiential and leadership training, fellows may concurrently complete the Level 2 Certification requirements with the coach certifying organizations accredited by the USTA.


The USTA seeks to identify up to 16 candidates for this accelerated 12-week program.

Apply for the Fellowship here. Application closes on March 3, 2023.


Detailed Overview

  • Begins late May, concludes early August
  • Practical and experiential opportunity to apply coaching theory
  • Mentoring by a USTA staff member
  • Professional engagement with various USTA staff including National Campus Head Professionals, mental skills specialists, strength and conditioning coaches, pro shop staff, and national-level performance coaches
  • Leadership skills development
  • Opportunity to shadow USTA Staff
  • Completion of Level 2 Certification to develop the frameworks of coaching players of all levels which includes online courses, assessments and portfolio assignments


  • Ideal candidates are recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career as a tennis professional  
  • Fellows should have a minimum of 2 years of coaching experience
  • Fellows should have an NTRP rating of 4.0 or higher
  • Fellowships are based at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, FL.
  • Housing and other expenses are not provided
  • Fellows should maintain a high level of personal professionalism and fitness
  • Fellows should be able to provide references upon request
  • Fellows must be US citizens or individuals lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence
  • Fellows must be Level 1 certified by an organization accredited by the USTA, and in good standing by April 30, 2023
  • Fellows must complete USTA Teaching & Coaching Philosophy course prior to start of Fellowship
  • Fellows must be Safe Play Approved throughout the duration of the fellowship which includes completing a criminal background screen, acknowledgment of the USTA Safe Play Policy, and completing SafeSport training


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