Local tennis pro Chip Fazio has been appointed to run the Community Tennis Association Subcommittee for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Midwest Section. Fazio’s extensive experience running programs for parks and recreation departments and community education organizations as well as his experience as president of the Grosse Pointe Community Tennis Association (GPTCA) make him a good fit for the position.
A community tennis association is any geographically defined, not-for-profit, volunteer-based tennis organization that supports or provides programs that promote and develop the growth of tennis. The GPTCA ran a successful USTA Midwest Youth Team Tennis League last summer at the Elworthy Field tennis courts in Grosse Pointe City. Fazio, who lives in Grosse Pointe Farms, credits the Grosse Pointe community and Grosse Pointe City for the success of the program. “We had great parental support for the league,” he said. “We had plenty of volunteer parent coaches and administrative volunteers. And thanks to Chris Hardenbrook and Grosse Pointe City for making the courts available! We’re planning on expanding the league next year!”
Fazio said that he is looking forward to working with the USTA Midwest Section to further promote the growth of tennis. “I want to get more kids and adults on the courts playing their hearts out and loving the sport, more ‘feet on concrete’ I like to say,” he said.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with 700,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game.
The Midwest Section of the USTA covers, 5 Midwestern states, including Michigan.
Anyone looking for tennis information of any kind is encouraged to contact Coach Chip directly, 313-670-3277 or chipfazio@gmail,com.