Full list of tennis programs being wiped out due to COVID

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
Appalachian State University: Men’s

Broward College: Women’s
University of Akron: Women’s
North Central Texas College: Women’s

Earlham College: Men’s and Women’s
East Carolina University: Men’s and Women’s
Laredo College: Men’s and Women’s
Sonoma State University: Men’s and Women’s
St. Edwards University: Men’s and Women’s
Taylor University: Men’s and Women’s
University of Wisconsin-GB: Men’s and Women’s
University of Alabama-Huntsville: Men’s and Women’s
Wright State University: Men’s and Women’s

In total, 1 school cut Men’s Tennis, 3 schools cut Women’s Tennis, and 9 schools cut both programs, for a total of 13 programs cut so far.

Akron and App State were quite solid programs. So far, not a single Power 5 has discontinued any athletic program.

Contrary to some belief, D1’s are not the only schools cutting programs. NCTC (NJCAA), Taylor (NAIA), St. Edwards (DII), and Earlham (DIII) have cut their programs as well.

When a program gets cut, post it here and I’ll update the list.
 
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Nacho

Hall of Fame
Thanks for posting these, tough to track them all down. Be interesting to see what sports got hit the hardest as a whole, I think another poster had a link to something like this. In the grand scheme of things, tennis isn't a sport with a big budget so it only has a small impact at some of these schools; I bet some others get harder hit.
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
@Fabresque: There is no need for you to do same work that others have already done. The link is here: http://almanc.mattalkonline.com/covid-19-era-dropped-sports/

Just email the site adminstrator of any colleges/universities you see missing and they will update it.
First off, the website doesn’t work. Secondly, a lot of people probably don’t wanna search for something if they can just find it on a site they’re registered on. And third, this is a way for me to not get stir crazy, sitting here doing nothing during COVID.
 

CJ Tennis

Rookie
Another victim to Covid-19....USTA today gutted its player development program. Cut another 110 jobs in addition to the 100 cut in April. USTA says they will leave the player development to academies and private coaches and parents.
 

CJ Tennis

Rookie
That’s kind of a big deal.
Yes, USTA had feasted off growing revenue from tournaments and membership fees, they hired so many friends of friends. Martin Blackman for example went from being a local park coach in Boca Raton to being named USTA Player Development head by his friend who is the CEO of the USTA, she paid him $600,000/year. Not bad to go from $40000/year at a park to $600000/year!!

A look at last year's tax statement shows the USTA paid $200,000 and up to a bunch of coaches. They paid Agassi's academy along with others, hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. And they built that monster facility in Lake Nona that costs a ton to maintain.

Covid snapped the revenue stream so suddenly and the USTA is in bad financial shape.
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
Yes, USTA had feasted off growing revenue from tournaments and membership fees, they hired so many friends of friends. Martin Blackman for example went from being a local park coach in Boca Raton to being named USTA Player Development head by his friend who is the CEO of the USTA, she paid him $600,000/year. Not bad to go from $40000/year at a park to $600000/year!!

A look at last year's tax statement shows the USTA paid $200,000 and up to a bunch of coaches. They paid Agassi's academy along with others, hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. And they built that monster facility in Lake Nona that costs a ton to maintain.

Covid snapped the revenue stream so suddenly and the USTA is in bad financial shape.
Meh, it’s not like Blackman came from complete obscurity. He was a former pro, collegiate player, he coached a collegiate program, was already Head of Talent Identification at USTA and then he opened up his academy in Boca Raton. I’m sure he was getting paid more than 40k a year. But yeah 600,000 is ridiculous.
 

CJ Tennis

Rookie
Meh, it’s not like Blackman came from complete obscurity. He was a former pro, collegiate player, he coached a collegiate program, was already Head of Talent Identification at USTA and then he opened up his academy in Boca Raton. I’m sure he was getting paid more than 40k a year. But yeah 600,000 is ridiculous.
We were using the same courts Blackman was in Boca Raton. His 'academy' was his 3 kids and their friends and a couple other local kids. Once expenses were paid, his profit was around $40,000. Guys talk over a few beers about stuff like that. Katrina Adams became top dog at USTA and hired friends like him at high salaries, and gave others like Richard Ashby big raises. Lots of nepotism at the USTA. But no money now so the gravy train is slowing down.
 

LoxBage

New User
For the sake of being accurate, there are several programs that were cut previous to COVID, I wouldn't blame It on COVID.

  1. Florida A&M University: Men’s - Oct. 2019 https://www.tallahassee.com/story/n...ffset-project-2-4-million-deficit/4110402002/
  2. University of Missouri-Kansas City: Men’s - July 2019 https://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/umkc/article233007462.html
  3. Valparaiso University: Men’s - Nov. 2019 http://www.valpotorch.com/news/article_7a6555d4-0bef-11ea-bd4e-c766ca6d5169.html
  4. USC-Upstate: Men’s and Women’s Feb. 2020 https://upstatespartans.com/news/20...hanges-to-intercollegiate-tennis-program.aspx
In addition, the following programs were cut:

Laredo College was suspended for a year - https://www.kgns.tv/content/news/Laredo-College-athletics-program-suspended-for-one-year-570283521.html
Broward College - https://www.local10.com/sports/2020...s-department-in-shocking-proposed-budget-cut/

Appalachian State University: Men’s
Florida A&M University: Men’s
University of Missouri-Kansas City: Men’s
Valparaiso University: Men’s

University of Akron: Women’s
North Central Texas College: Women’s

Earlham College: Men’s and Women’s
East Carolina University: Men’s and Women’s
Sonoma State University: Men’s and Women’s
St. Edwards University: Men’s and Women’s
Taylor University: Men’s and Women’s


University of Alabama-Huntsville: Men’s and Women’s
Wright State University: Men’s and Women’s

In total, 4 schools cut Men’s Tennis, 2 schools cut Women’s Tennis, and 9 schools cut both programs, for a total of 15 programs cut so far.

Akron, App State, and Valpo were quite solid
programs. So far, not a single Power 5 has discontinued any athletic program.

Contrary to some belief, D1’s are not the only schools cutting programs. NCTC (NJCAA), Taylor (NAIA), St. Edwards/UAH (DII) and Earlham (DIII) have cut their programs as well.

When a program gets cut, post it here and I’ll update the list.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Yes, USTA had feasted off growing revenue from tournaments and membership fees, they hired so many friends of friends. Martin Blackman for example went from being a local park coach in Boca Raton to being named USTA Player Development head by his friend who is the CEO of the USTA, she paid him $600,000/year. Not bad to go from $40000/year at a park to $600000/year!!

A look at last year's tax statement shows the USTA paid $200,000 and up to a bunch of coaches. They paid Agassi's academy along with others, hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. And they built that monster facility in Lake Nona that costs a ton to maintain.

Covid snapped the revenue stream so suddenly and the USTA is in bad financial shape.
USTA really needs the US Open to happen - in full. It probably won't.

What happens to Lake Nona? Wasn't the whole point to consolidate player development, which they've now abandoned. What a mess.
 
Another victim to Covid-19....USTA today gutted its player development program. Cut another 110 jobs in addition to the 100 cut in April. USTA says they will leave the player development to academies and private coaches and parents.
That's a big deal. Where did you see this?
 

bobleenov1963

Hall of Fame
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NoChance

Rookie
It wouldn't bother me if it crashes and burns. It would likely make most every ITA official jump for joy.

Though, the ITA needs to get a "quality control" protocol in place for officials. They have an opportunity to do this better than the USTA ever did.

We will see.
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame

Edit: some of the salaries by USTA is mind boggling. I hope the USTA will crash and burn: https://opencourt.ca/wordpress/2020/06/08/usta-transformational-plan-jobs-lost/
Christ, might wanna work at USTA in the future. 6 figure salaries for telling a kid to hit cross court forehands all day (y)
 

jcgatennismom

Professional
It wouldn't bother me if it crashes and burns. It would likely make most every ITA official jump for joy.

Though, the ITA needs to get a "quality control" protocol in place for officials. They have an opportunity to do this better than the USTA ever did.

We will see.
Hope USTA wont convince ITA to hold NCAA team champs at National Campus in future years. I heard Tim Russell on a podcast a few weeks ago. He mentioned possibly hosting D1,D2, D3 team champs all at the same time at Orlando campus (NCAA singles.dubs might move to fall sometime in future). He also mentioned the possibility of moving ITA Coaches Convention to Orlando. USTA did a good job with College Match Days. However, I once asked a college coach why he just didnt take a team down to Orlando to play other teams down there for spring break, and he said USTA charged too much for the use of courts. USTA overcharges and under performs.
 

bobleenov1963

Hall of Fame
Hope USTA wont convince ITA to hold NCAA team champs at National Campus in future years. I heard Tim Russell on a podcast a few weeks ago. He mentioned possibly hosting D1,D2, D3 team champs all at the same time at Orlando campus (NCAA singles.dubs might move to fall sometime in future). He also mentioned the possibility of moving ITA Coaches Convention to Orlando. USTA did a good job with College Match Days. However, I once asked a college coach why he just didnt take a team down to Orlando to play other teams down there for spring break, and he said USTA charged too much for the use of courts. USTA overcharges and under performs.
This is why the USTA is in trouble during and after the covid-19: They gave the job to Katrina Adams for the sake of diversity and inclusion. Adams then gave cushing USTA gigs to her buddies that are like her, Martin Blackman, Richard Asby, etc.. Both of these guys are making big money without doing much work.

Everything is fine when there is lot of money coming into USTA (tournaments fee, US Open). Due to the covid-19, money is drying up so they are laying off people. They will give both Blackman and Asby the golden parachutes.
 

silentkman

Professional
Yes, USTA had feasted off growing revenue from tournaments and membership fees, they hired so many friends of friends. Martin Blackman for example went from being a local park coach in Boca Raton to being named USTA Player Development head by his friend who is the CEO of the USTA, she paid him $600,000/year. Not bad to go from $40000/year at a park to $600000/year!!

A look at last year's tax statement shows the USTA paid $200,000 and up to a bunch of coaches. They paid Agassi's academy along with others, hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. And they built that monster facility in Lake Nona that costs a ton to maintain.

Covid snapped the revenue stream so suddenly and the USTA is in bad financial shape.
he was the coach at American University in DC and he also worked at the JTCC in Maryland. very accomplished coach.
 

silentkman

Professional
This is why the USTA is in trouble during and after the covid-19: They gave the job to Katrina Adams for the sake of diversity and inclusion. Adams then gave cushing USTA gigs to her buddies that are like her, Martin Blackman, Richard Asby, etc.. Both of these guys are making big money without doing much work.

Everything is fine when there is lot of money coming into USTA (tournaments fee, US Open). Due to the covid-19, money is drying up so they are laying off people. They will give both Blackman and Asby the golden parachutes.
To paraphase, he is saying that that got the jobs because they were black. that's the only reason. does that sound right Mr Rich guy?
 

bobleenov1963

Hall of Fame
To paraphase, he is saying that that got the jobs because they were black. that's the only reason. does that sound right Mr Rich guy?
yes, that's exactly what I am saying and there is nothing wrong with that. It is the same thing that Novak tried to get Justin Gimelstob to be president of the ATP before the assault charge against Gimelstob. I would do exactly the same thing if I were in Katrina Adams' position.
 

silentkman

Professional
yes, that's exactly what I am saying and there is nothing wrong with that. It is the same thing that Novak tried to get Justin Gimelstob to be president of the ATP before the assault charge against Gimelstob. I would do exactly the same thing if I were in Katrina Adams' position.
I'm sorry, your comments are racist. In addition, your analogy with Novak and Justin is nonsensical. sheesh, nothing ever changes.
 

andfor

Legend
I'm sorry, your comments are racist. In addition, your analogy with Novak and Justin is nonsensical. sheesh, nothing ever changes.
Agree. Both Adams and Blackman are pretty highly educated (Bob will love that) and definitely have extensive and accomplished playing backgrounds. Ashby I'm not familiar with. Criticizing their job performance based on their accomplishments, lack there of and or documentable missteps is one thing. Bob's characterization of how they got their jobs is ignorant.
 
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Fabresque

Hall of Fame
For the sake of being accurate, there are several programs that were cut previous to COVID, I wouldn't blame It on COVID.

  1. Florida A&M University: Men’s - Oct. 2019 https://www.tallahassee.com/story/n...ffset-project-2-4-million-deficit/4110402002/
  2. University of Missouri-Kansas City: Men’s - July 2019 https://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/umkc/article233007462.html
  3. Valparaiso University: Men’s - Nov. 2019 http://www.valpotorch.com/news/article_7a6555d4-0bef-11ea-bd4e-c766ca6d5169.html
  4. USC-Upstate: Men’s and Women’s Feb. 2020 https://upstatespartans.com/news/20...hanges-to-intercollegiate-tennis-program.aspx
In addition, the following programs were cut:

Laredo College was suspended for a year - https://www.kgns.tv/content/news/Laredo-College-athletics-program-suspended-for-one-year-570283521.html
Broward College - https://www.local10.com/sports/2020...s-department-in-shocking-proposed-budget-cut/
Acknowledged and updated, my mistake
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
yes, that's exactly what I am saying and there is nothing wrong with that. It is the same thing that Novak tried to get Justin Gimelstob to be president of the ATP before the assault charge against Gimelstob. I would do exactly the same thing if I were in Katrina Adams' position.
Come on man, don’t be ignorant. I agree they’re overpaid but this isn’t like Katrina Adams put her sister or best friend in charge without having any shred of experience. Martin Blackman is an experienced coach and like I said before was already their Head of Talent Identification. The man’s qualified.

Richard Ashby’s coached for 17 years there and has worked with Sloane Stephens, Amanda Anisimova, Sofia Kenin, Coco Vandeweghe, etc.. since they were playing in 14’s. Adams was instated in 2015. So claiming that she’s giving all her friends jobs is just really ignorant and plain stupid. Repeating what I said earlier, she’s not giving unqualified people positions.

But yes, I do think they’re overpaid and the USTA will pay the price due to COVID. They cut 100+ jobs in April and 130+ in May/June.
 

andfor

Legend
I wonder what happen at Laredo college? it cited the safety of the athletes. Sad
Not sure but the PR seems to lean to health and safety from Covid19. Laredo tennis is usually very competitive and I've heard always heard good things about the coach there Jamie Don Juan.
 

silentkman

Professional
Not sure but the PR seems to lean to health and safety from Covid19. Laredo tennis is usually very competitive and I've heard always heard good things about the coach there Jamie Don Juan.
yeah, but they are getting rid of the entire athletic program for a year.
 

andfor

Legend
yeah, but they are getting rid of the entire athletic program for a year.
Right. And the safety aspect is by suspending sports for a year that will reduce the risk of CV19 contraction and transmission. My guess is they may see one of the biggest is traveling together in a bus.
 

andfor

Legend
This is the main reason why people in the US don't care if tennis program is eliminated from colleges and universities: https://ggcathletics.com/sports/mens-tennis/roster

The men roster is 100% foreigners. The women roster is 72% foreigners. This is a public college in Georgia so the US tax payers are subsidizing these players.
Wrong. Did you really think that when GGC added tennis 10 years ago or so and hired Chase Hodges to win championships that could be done at an NAIA school with all US kids? Show us attendance numbers of teams with US heavy tennis rosters versus teams with International heavy rosters and how that makes a difference. You can't and are a full of **** xenophobe.
 

bobleenov1963

Hall of Fame
Wrong. Did you really think that when GGC added tennis 10 years ago or so and hired Chase Hodges to win championships that could be done at an NAIA school with all US kids? Show us attendance numbers of teams with US heavy tennis rosters versus teams with International heavy rosters and how that makes a difference. You can't and are a full of **** xenophobe.
Then how do you explain that both men and women NCAA champions and runner ups are foreigners. Jubb from South Carolina, Borges from Portugal. For the lady, the winner is from spain and runner up from Serbia. 2018 men team championship from WF were 100% international players.
 

jcgatennismom

Professional
@andfor @bobleenov1963 Some comments on GGC. It would be hard for NAIA GGC National Champs to recruit US players considering GA has 6 D1 colleges with tennis (5 public, 1 private) all with football, at least 3 public D2 schools with good tennis teams in the Peach Belt including former national champ Columbus State, and Emory former D3 national champ for smart rich kids. Georgia gives out 90% tuition scholarships to attend GA public unis to GA HS graduates with a 3.0 who have taken several rigorous courses (used to be 4-might be more now) so a lot of GA tennis players do stay in state. You have to understand that GGC is basically a 4 year commuter college located between residential neighborhoods and the highway to AThens. The only sports at GGC are men's and women's tennis, soccer, softball and baseball. GGC has a nice facility with a lot of courts-used to be a local club and still is used to hold tournaments. However, there's not a whole lot near the few buildings on campus=if my son played a junior tourney there, we'd drive to the Subway near Walmart.

The international players who played at GGC were very talented players who played NAIA mainly because they either didnt have the amateur eligibility to play D1 or D2 ,were older, or had academic issues (e.g. the US 5 star who only studied 1-2 hours a day for virtual school and did not get in the P5s that recruited him). Now for the internationals, Atlanta was not too far down 85 and the climate was ideal for yearround play, but I used to feel sorry for the GGC guys because they had so few competitive matches. Their record is 165-3. They havent lost since April 2015 when they lost to a top 5 D2 school. They beat Emory, most D2 teams, hardly ever even dropped a line vs NAIA schools even in the final rds of nationals. I think the only D1 team that would play them was Citadel which they beat. I think the team only had a 1-2 competitive matches a year. And their early teams had a Wimbledon jr finalist (US) and a former ATP top 500 (Argentinian) but they played mostly these small NAIA religious schools that probably never knew what hit them. Their competitive time was in the fall when they used to play Southeast Intercollegiate, and I remember UGA's 1 squeaking out a 3 setter vs GGC's 1, and a GGC player winning the B draw. GGC would usually win the Oracle Cup and send singles and dubs pairs to the Oracle fall national when they'd usually beat some D1 players but in all those years no D1 team except Clemson would play them in dual season. @andfor It reminds me of how Ole MIss wouldnt play Memphis when Memphis was good... However one time supposedly there was an unofficial exhibition match between GGC and one of GA MM D1 schools-no coaches around, 8 lines, the D1 team drove to GGC and lost but again, it was unofficial.

No decent US tennis kid would go to a startup commuter university in the middle of the burbs with very few opportunities to play challenging matches. US juniors benefited from GGC internationals because GGC with its 12 hard and 4 clay courts would lease its extra courts to different academies. The GGC team usually would practice 2 hours max bc when you are blanking all your NAIA opponents, why hit for 3-4 hours? After they finished team practice, coaches from the jr academies would pay a couple of them a very reasonable fee to hit with their best juniors. Win Win for all. So it helped GA players get better due to GGC having all those unchallenged internationals with free time on their hands.

Some of the unis at risk of being cut with mostly international rosters are located in states without much domestic tennis depth. One way to make the team valuable to the community is to encourage matchplay between the college players and local academies or high school teams providing some income for the players. Now GGC players seemed to have plenty of time at an easy school with not much to do, and D1 teams might be too busy except in the fall. However,for many teams, this option could be a solution to save the teams and improve American tennis. @bobleenov1963 sometimes you have to see the glass half full not empty. Instead of complaining about internationals here, instead be happy about all the $ US players could be saving not traveling internationally because there are friendly older college players from South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and AFrica in their own backyard.


and @bobleenov1963 GGC is not at risk of being cut having won the NAIA National Championship every year from 2014-2019 and the longest college winning streak ever. No expensive football or basketball coaches crushing the athletic budget either. Now I doubt the GGC current team is as talented as the original team as D1 schools have figured out how to get waivers for 24 y/o Israelis who have played 30 Futures and once were top 500-guys like the ones on GGC's first team But GGC will probably stay one of the best teams outside Power D1. Chase is a good recruiter.
 
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silentkman

Professional
Add Winthrop to your list. Just cut men and women.
just from what I can see, the tennis program was pretty solid. what's sad is that Esports survive the cut at Winthrop. I still don't understand why the endowment can't be used for this extraordinary circumstance. Sad
 

WCB

New User
looked like the men's record was 2-10 this year - not sure how they did in their conference. also, looks like no US players on the men's roster.

also, disappointing that it does appear that tennis is getting cut at a much higher rate than other programs.
 

CJ Tennis

Rookie
Winthrop did not have a single US kid on either their women's or men's teams. Why would the student body or college administrators or anyone in the surrounding community care whether the team won or lost, or if it even existed?
 
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