Mobile Tennis Tournament Director Will Travel to US Open in New York
Sep 1, 2015
ATLANTA – Aug. 31, 2015 Mobile (Alabama) Area Tennis Association (MATA)
PresidentLorraine Novak has been
chosen by USTA Player Development Department to participate in a five-person blue
ribbon panel to mentor tennis tournament directors.
The panel will meet with United States
Tennis Association (USTA) staff and tournament directors from all over the
United States to share ideas and best practices on the demands of running
tennis tournaments. The panel will convene in New York City on Sept. 3 during
the US Open.
Novak is the tournament director for USTA
sanctioned tournaments at the Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center. She also works
as a local youth coordinator which helps bring tennis to the elementary school
systems in Mobile.
Tournaments in 2015 at the Mobile Tennis Center
accounted for over $52 million in economic impact, according to MATA officials.
Tournaments helped generate $2.8 million in Mobile city taxes, along with $606,000
in Mobile County taxes. Additionally, the tournaments, which included national,
sectional, state and local junior, college and adult competitions, helped
generate over 12,000 hotel room nights in the Mobile area during the 2015
fiscal year. The center, which is billed as the largest public tennis facility
in the world, has hosted as many as 25 tournaments a year.
USTA is pleased to honor Lorraine Novak as one of five of the absolute best
junior tournament directors in the country. We are hosting them in New
York City with tickets to the US Open for the opportunity to gather these best and brightest
to compare notes and compile some best practices,” said USTA Director of Junior
Tournaments Bill Mountford.
“It is fitting that Lorraine Novak,
tournament director for dozens of USTA, USTA Southern and USTA Alabama
tournaments at the Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center, has been selected to be
on a national panel for tournament directors,” Bill Ozaki, Director of Programs
& Player Development for USTA Southern, said. “In addition to the
leadership and direction from Lorraine and Scott Novak, the support from the
city of Mobile is without equal in regard to the amenities provided for the
players, parents and coaches.”
Lorraine Novak added, “It is an honor to be
chosen for the blue ribbon panel as one of the top five tournament directors in
the United States. It is truly a team honor as we have ‘blue ribbon support’
from the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Mobile Sports Authority and the CVB. We
pride ourselves to being open and listening to new ideas by parents and
players. Treating out of town players like they are special guests is our
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 largest
annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates
Airline US Open Series linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In
addition, it owns about 90 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 more than 710,000 members, it invests 100
percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It is divided into 17 sections, of
which USTA Southern is the largest.
The 174,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up
USTA Southern, and account for nearly 25 percent of the total USTA membership.
A professional staff housed in Peachtree Corners, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s
daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is
executed via a board and committee structure of more than 200 volunteers.
more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA
Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern
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