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Professional Tennis Management program

Professional Tennis Management

Make Your Passion Your Profession

At Ferris, you can turn your passion for tennis into a rewarding profession. Our Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program, the first four-year program to be accredited by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), will help you build a foundation to succeed both on and off the court.

On the court, you will receive extensive player development and coaching training from the PTM Director, a USPTA Elite Professional and USTA High-Performance Coach. You'll utilize our world-class Racquet and Fitness Center to train and learn.

Off the court, you will master the business of tennis. You will be ready to to take on a wide-variety of roles, including club management, equipment sales, and more. As a part of the College of Business, you will also receive a well-rounded business education, with classes in marketing, accounting, and management.

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Program Details

  •  Admission Requirements

    New Student Admission Requirements

    SAT Scores
    • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
    • Two of the Three Criteria:
      • 1. ERW SAT score of 450 or higher.
      • 2. Math SAT score of 500 or higher. Placement in MATH 109 or 110 will be considered (Math SAT score of 480 or higher).
      • 3. Composite SAT of 900 or higher. 
    ACT Scores
    • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
    • Two of the Three Criteria:
      • 1. English ACT score of 16 or higher.
      • 2. Math ACT score of 19 or higher.
      • 3. Reading ACT score of 19 or higher.

    Transfer Student Admission Requirements

    • Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended.
    • GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more.
    • Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.
    • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require an English ACT score of 16 or higher; or ERW SAT score of 450 or higher; or English Accuplacer score of 6 or higher. Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s MATH 114 or 115 or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require a Math ACT score of 19 or higher; Math SAT of 500 or higher; or Math Accuplacer scores: Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0 to 49.
    • National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) of 4.0 or Higher
  •  Degrees
  •  Faculty and Staff

    Derek Ameel

    Assistant Professor
    Professional Tennis Management Program Director

    Michael Janz

    Assistant Director - Professional Tennis Management

  •  Key Courses
    • Orientation to Professional Tennis Management
    • On-Court Development
    • Beginning Teaching Techniques
    • Advanced Teaching Techniques
    • Tennis Operations Management
    • Tennis Certifications Preparations
    • PTM Internships

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Industry-Leading Certifications

The PTM Program continues to be the standard in the industry. Consistent with this status, you will earn USPTA Professional certification, or higher, by the time you graduate. You will also have the opportunity to pursue other top educational and certification opportunities, including:

  • United States Racquet Stringing Association (USRSA) Professional Racquet Advisor (PRA) and Master Racquet Technician (MRT) certification
  • USRSA Racquet Repair and Customization Workshop
  • Clay Court Workshop
  • Wilson Demo and Product Knowledge Presentation
  • USTA Umpire and Referee
  • Licensed Cardio Tennis Instructor
  • Industry expert presentations and seminars
  • Participating in the Professional Tennis Management Student Association

PTM Recruitment Scholarship

In partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the PTM program can offer you a scholarship to help you pay for your degree. 

  •  Scholarship Requirements

    a. The recipient must be a freshman, sophomore, or transfer student enrolled in PTM.

    b. The recipient must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

    c. Financial need is not considered.

    d. Playing ability of 4.0 NTRP or higher (to be accessed by PTM staff)

    The Ferris State PTM Recruitment Scholarship is on a first come, first serve basis. For more information on the Ferris State PTM Recruitment Scholarship, contact Michael Janz, PTM Assistant Director, at [email protected].

Career Opportunities

The Ferris Professional Tennis Management program prepares students for careers both on and off the court. Meet three of our graduates who have made their passion their profession.

Careers Off the Court

Anne Smudz
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Anne Smudz

Ferris Professional Tennis Management Alumna (’14)

Director of Junior Tennis  at Cheval Athletic Club, Tampa, FL

Newlyn Wing
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Newlyn Wing

Ferris Professional Tennis Management Alumnus (’14)

Coordinator, USTA High School Tennis, Tennis on Campus, and TSRs, Orlando, FL

David Ramos
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David Ramos

Ferris International Business Alumnus (’04)

Manager of Coaching Education and Performance at the USTA National Training Center, Boca Raton, FL

World-Class Facilities

The PTM program is housed at the Ferris State Racquet and Fitness Center, a 19 court facility, which serves as a laboratory for students within the program.  Students will have unlimited access to play, practice, and train year round.

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Alumni and Industry Testimonials

Connor Hunt

Connor Hunt, Class of 2016

Head Professional, Franco’s Health Club and Spa
Mandeville, Louisiana

“I can honestly say that PTM was one of the better decisions I have ever made. Not only was my college experience one that was unforgettable, but it set me up for success in life. It allowed me to make life-long friends in college and hold internships where I had amazing experiences all over the country. After college though is where my degree truly started to shine. It has allowed me a fantastic job doing what I love and working for people who share my passion. It may be a cliche, but the saying “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” couldn’t be more true.”

  •  Kevin Wickham, Class of 2013

    Midwest Technical Representative, Wilson Sporting Goods

    “PTM is one of the only programs in the country that truly allows a student to follow their passion of tennis while promising a successful career straight out of college. There is currently a decline in the amount of quality teaching professionals in our industry. Clubs and other organizations are desperate to get decent staff as soon as possible. PTM provides a solid degree in Marketing while helping you be specialized in your on court abilities through classes and internships.” 

  •  Kostyantyn Khodirev, Class of 2012

    Director of Tennis, Wintergreen Resort

    “The PTM Program at Ferris State University opens doors within the tennis industry. The education is great; classes cover all aspects of running an elite facility. By far the most invaluable part of the program is the networking--this gives students a massive head start in their tennis careers.”

  •  David Bone, Class of 1994

    Owner, United States Racquet Stringers Association (USRSA)

    “Attending the PTM program at Ferris State University was the single greatest decision I made in my career. Before I heard about the program, I was a full-time teaching pro in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a decent reputation among the local clubs, but had no great prospects for becoming a manager and moving off the court. After going through the program and making connections with speakers and other students, I came out with opportunities in tennis, on and off the court, across the country and even around the world. In fact, it was while I was in the program that I met the owner of the USRSA. I spent the first few years after I graduated working at tennis clubs in New York, California, and Illinois. Then, that connection I made with the owner of the USRSA paid off when she offered me a position as Associate Director of the Association. Thanks to the business skills I learned at Ferris, I was quickly promoted to Executive Director and eventually bought the business. I can’t think of anything better that someone could do if they are interested in pursuing a career in tennis. One thing I think is often underestimated is the value of the relationships you get to form with the other students in the program. The program is a lot like a Fraternity/Sorority of students who all share a passion for Tennis. This makes your time at school a ton of fun and it massively grows your network of industry contacts after you graduate.”

  •  Scott Enge

    2-time USPTA National Tennis Coach of the Year

    The Ferris State PTM program is the first and most successful tennis management program in the United States. It has graduated more career tennis pros, directors of tennis and tennis industry employees than any other school in the country. It is so highly respected in the tennis industry that it is endorsed by the USTA and the USPTA and was the only school I had my son consider for a PTM degree. My son attended Ferris State and played on the team for several years. His experience here helped him achieve the Director of Tennis position at the MVP club in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the age of 28. I have also hired interns from FSU’s PTM program and have been very pleased with the people from the program. The PTM program teaches you all aspects of the tennis industry and allows you to use the business degree to have a variety of career possibilities. You should be a proud member of Professional Tennis Management program at Ferris State as it is the most elite degree of it’s kind in the US.”

  •  Steve Keller

    Senior Manager, USTA-U

    “The PTM program at Ferris State University is a terrific pathway to gaining quality education and a competitive employment advantage in the tennis industry. I have had the pleasure and privilege of coming to Ferris State for many years in multiple capacities and am always impressed with the commitment to quality with the program. If you are interested in making a career in the tennis industry, this is the place where you want to be.”

Industry Partnerships

In order to maintain the integrity of the Professional Tennis Program (PTM) at Ferris State University we have many ties to the tennis industry. We have a wide-range of industry partners and include tennis industry experts our advisory board members.

  •  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 — RacquetTECH.com, 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 www.ptrtennis.org 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 PlayTennis.com, 10 and Under Tennis, the GrowingTennis System™, Tennis Welcome Centers, Cardio Tennis, Careers in Tennis and Tennis Tune-Up Campaign. Visit TennisIndustry.org 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.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.