Industry Relationships

In order to maintain the integrity of the Professional Tennis Program (PTM) at Ferris State University we have many ties to the tennis industry. Our industry partners are wide and include having members of the Tennis Industry as members of our advisory boards.


USRSA – United States Racquet Stringers Association

The United States Racquet Stringers Association is a worldwide organization of more than 7,000 racquet technicians, teaching professionals, racquet sports retailers, manufacturers and sales organizations, and tennis, racquetball, squash, and badminton enthusiasts.

Our mission is to educate all our constituencies to better understand, service, perform with, and enjoy the technological wonders known as racquets, strings, balls, courts, shoes, and stringing machines.

We accomplish this with our “information technology” products —, Racquet Sports Industry magazine, Racquet Tech magazine, The Stringer’s Digest four-volume set, “Racquet Service” video, Racquet Service Interactive CD-ROM, stringing workshops, and certification education and testing.


USPTA – United States Professional Tennis Association

Founded in 1927, USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers 70 professional benefits to its more than 15,000 members worldwide, including certification and professional development. With more than 300 days of educational opportunities throughout the year.  USPTA offers the most comprehensive continuing education program in the tennis industry.


PTR – Professional Tennis Registry

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals and coaches with more than 15,000 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR offers five pathways to certification so tennis teachers can specialize in 10 & Under, 11 to 17, Performance, Adult Development and/or Senior Development. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game. For information about PTR membership, benefits, insurance and certification, visit or call PTR Headquarters at 843-785-7244.

TIA – Tennis Industry Association

The Tennis Industry Association, the not-for-profit trade association for tennis, is THE unifying force in the tennis industry whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of tennis by working closely with the U.S. Tennis Association and industry partners to develop and implement initiatives to increase tennis participation and improve the health of industry businesses. Core TIA activities include producing more than 70 research reports annually on participation and consumer/trade research, in addition to Grow the Game Initiatives such as, 10 and Under Tennis, the GrowingTennis System™, Tennis Welcome Centers, Cardio Tennis, Careers in Tennis and Tennis Tune-Up Campaign. Visit or call 866-686-3036.

Careers In Tennis is an industry-wide effort to educate the marketplace and potential candidates about tennis career opportunities. The TIA has developed this initiative in cooperation with the United States Tennis Association, United States Professional Tennis Association, Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Professional Tennis Registry, USTA Tennis on Campus, PTM Schools, along with other allied organizations and associations.

Snodgrass Partners

Snodgrass Partners is a specialized Sports Consulting and Recruiting, Executive Search and Leadership Development firm founded in 2001. We work with college athletic departments, associations, clubs and golf courses on consulting projects and to recruit coaching, director and other sports jobs. The Snodgrass Partners team includes uniquely experienced professionals who have held positions as top-level intercollegiate athletic administrators, head coaches and student athletes. Our efforts are supported by thought-leading Allied Partners who help to extend our consulting services and networking reach.