Wayne Bryan vs. USTA

For those of you trying to follow the extensive back-and-forth between Wayne Bryan, father of doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, and Patrick McEnroe, Head of Player Development for the USTA, I have included links below to all of the communications I have seen to date.  If you know of additional letters and/or emails and/or articles, please post a link to them in the Comments box below.

I would like to point out that there have been some extremely well-though-out comments made to many of the original posts, so please do take the time to read through them as well.

If you are the parent or coach of an American junior tennis player, I think it is imperative that you educate yourself on what’s happening with our governing body and the criticisms which are now being launched against it.  Agree or disagree – that’s up to you.  But, please take the time to get informed!

Original email from Wayne Bryan to a USTA Exec

Tim Mayotte’s reply

Colette Lewis’ response

Wayne Bryan’s reply to Colette Lewis

Patrick McEnroe’s response

Wayne Bryan’s reply to Patrick McEnroe

Brian Parrott’s comments on the matter

Wayne Bryan’s letter to his sons

Exchange between Wayne Bryan & an unnamed high-performance coach

5 Comments on “Wayne Bryan vs. USTA”

  1. “I think it’s imperative you educate yourself as to what’s happening”.. The quoted sentence you wrote above is likely the most important thing stated in this entire debate…there are three sides to this debate .. Wayne’s view , patricks’s view, and somewhere in between the two lies the truth…to the parents full of angst about all this blustery back and forths by the supposed stewards of our sport and your childrens development , take a step back and relax..educate yourselves with a very open mind, and realize there is no such thing as a tennis emergencies.. you don’t have to ‘do’ this, you get to ‘do’ this.. This is a privilege , not a need.. It’s all going to be ok.. It is ok.. Just a lot of passionate people who really care about arguing publicly about the state of our sport.. Sadly, if one can read between the lines, a fair amount of this is personal between the powers that be and this is unfortunate.. Both sides of this argument both want the same thing for your child. They are just disagreeing about the best methods to apply… Neither side is right.. And neither side is wrong.. They are both right.. Which is what is so confounding about our sport.. There is no right way to ‘do’ this.. Our sport is played between the lines on a tennis court.. What can you control? Your preparation , your attitude and your effort.. That’s it.. Whatever your place in this debate, go out there today and be the best you can be, parent coach player administrator.. It’s all going to work out just fine.. This little dust storm will settle soon.. Linda is right .. Keep educating yourselves… There are a lot of people out there who care and are happy to help in any way they can.. Deep breaths everyone.. And let’s get at it today, ok? Peace

    1. Well said..open minds, collaboration, creativity, not about being “right” at the cost of hurting the great game of tennis, its benefits, growing tennis really from the grassroots, doing what’s best for kids, the sport, the industry, the integrity..give everyone a voice, a seat at the table..lots of great wisdom, resources available..the longevity of the game, its sustainability, stewards, role models, effective communication..simple solutions when,from the top..down..we admit to being “stuck”..When the top admits to being “stuck”..as well as coaches and parents and kids (everyone is accountable)..the next reasonable step and action plan will come..not a quick fix..and anything that is worthwhile like the game of tennis..is worth all of our collective team work..All the articles have been educational..thanks, Shelly Solomon

  2. Great read on all the articles. However, I see that a discussion with regards to building more public tennis courts around the U.S. would also find or draw tennis talent from the grass roots. Oftentimes, tennis is still perceived to be an expensive sport only for those who could afford it particularly because of the lack or the absence of public tennis courts. Clearly, there is more discussion and much work to be done for tennis to flourish in the U.S.

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