The Tennis Congress® is a community of passionate players and professionals committed to achieving their personal best, helping each other, and raising the bar for adult amateur tennis player development worldwide. Our innovative world-class education and training events help adult tennis athletes fulfill their dreams and enrich their lives. In the process, we contribute to a better world by leveraging our influence and networks in support of positive social and environmental impacts.
Our Values and Mission
The Idea Behind The Tennis Congress
The Tennis Congress® was designed for amateur adult tennis players of all ages and levels (beginners through highly advanced) who are passionate about improving and reaching their personal best.
The idea is simple but new: to give adult recreational players an inspiring, intensive, in-person opportunity to learn from the world’s top experts about all aspects of training necessary to advance to the next level (technique, movement, strategy, fitness, injury prevention, and mental conditioning)—using both on-court training and innovative and dynamic off-court techniques.
Importantly, each Tennis Congress event is customized around the priorities the individuals who take part. Schedules are custom-built around individual needs and goals, whether players are new to the sport, intermediates, or seasoned high-performance competitors.
The Tennis Congress’s innovative, rigorous, and holistic approach combines both on-court and off-court learning to accelerate learning. Faculty members with expertise in everything from stroke mechanics to strategy to sports psychology to nutrition use video, “eye trainers,” whiteboards, movement drills, fitness equipment, and other modern tools and techniques.
How Each Congress Works
When you register, we’ll ask you for details about your current level and goals, what you’re particularly focused on improving now, where you may be hitting walls, and other questions to help us understand your background priorities. Your answers will directly influence the curriculum and determine which classes ultimately get offered. The pros on the faculty will also use your feedback to design sessions that address your specific interests, questions and challenges. About 2 months before the Tennis Congress, we’ll contact you to ask if either your level or priorities have changed since registration.
We’ll then match you up with the right pros for on-court sessions and recommend particular off-court workshops (although you can choose which ones you want to attend). Each class will give you practical “Key Takeaways” to help you retain priority lessons and tips, along with recommended follow-up drills or exercises to help you build on what you’ve learned.
Whether you are relatively new to the sport or are seriously advanced, each Tennis Congress offers an unparalleled opportunity to enhance your own capacity to fast-track your progress.
Operating Responsibly, Giving Back
In addition to our goal of enriching lives through unparalleled world-class tennis education and training, The Tennis Congress strives to make positive contributions to a better world. In our daily operations and at events, we are making every effort to reduce waste, offset our carbon emissions, and support vendors adopting environmentally sound best practices. We partner with outstanding charitable foundations to explore new avenues to activate the tennis community in support of high-impact projects that benefit people and the planet.
In addition to our world-class faculty network, The Tennis Congress is overseen by a combination of industry leaders and nonprofessional players united by their passion for excellence.
P.J. Simmons, Founder, is a self-professed Tennisaholic who didn’t start playing until relatively late in life—despite being infatuated with the sport since his youth. His passion lies in helping other adult players accelerate their progress towards their personal best while enjoying the journey and enriching their lives in the process. He is also an ACE-certified personal trainer (CPT), an iTPA Certified Tennis Performance Specialist (CTPS), and ISSA-certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. P.J. chronicles his own experiences trying to become a better player on the blog, “The Road to 4.5 Tennis.” He is the very proud recipient of the 2016 PTR/Tennis Industry Association “Commitment to the Industry” Award.
P.J. strives to bring the same energy, enthusiasm & impact to the adult recreational tennis community that he has brought to the global sustainability arena for nearly two decades. He is co-founder and Chair of the Corporate Eco Forum — one of the world’s preeminent networks for senior executives from about seventy Fortune 500 companies with combined revenues of over $3 trillion. He has also held senior positions at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Clinton Global Initiative. His publications include the highly acclaimed The Green to Gold Business Playbook. P.J. is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
🇺🇸 P.J. Simmons
Tennis Congress Director of Performance and Fitness Education. Executive Director, International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA). Former All-American and NCAA doubles champion.
Dr. Mark Kovacs, Tennis Congress Director of Performance and Fitness Education, is a renowned performance physiologist, researcher, university professor, author, speaker and coach with an extensive background training and researching athletes at all levels. He serves as both the Executive Director of the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA) and Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Dr. Kovacs’ work has helped improve the way the physical aspects of tennis are trained throughout the world, and he has personally tested and trained hundreds of world class athletes in numerous sports. He formerly directed the Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning and Coaching Education departments for the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Dr. Kovacs is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts in top journals and was the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Strength & Conditioning Journal. He is on the editorial board for multiple journals including the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and has presented workshops, keynote addresses and well over 100 presentations on four continents.
Along with his academic and scientific background, Dr. Kovacs is also a coach and former professional athlete. While originally from Melbourne, Australia, he was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion in tennis at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he completed his graduate work at Auburn University and earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist (CTPS) through the ITPA, a certified Health/Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II Sprints Coach and Certified Tennis Coach.
He has published five books on topics ranging from dynamic stretching to recovery. Mark has organized a number of medical and sport science conferences aimed at improving the education of medical professionals, coaches, athletes, parents and sport administrators. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Plagenhoef Award for sport science achievement (youngest ever recipient); in 2012 he was the youngest ever International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award winner.
🇦🇺 Mark Kovacs, PhD
PTR Master of Tennis. Two time ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) doubles champion. Achieved NAIA #14 Doubles Ranking.
Gary Innes serves as Project Director for the NetGains Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Tennis Congress that taps the power of tennis as a catalyst to transform lives and create positive social and environmental impacts.
Gary is also the co-founder of Serves You Right (SYR), which is committed to improving tennis experiences for clubs, teams and individuals. SYR specializes in club management, program development and group events/retreats.
He was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa where he competed as a junior before coming to the United States to play college tennis at Walsh University. After graduating, Gary started coaching and directing tennis programs throughout Westchester and Fairfield County.
In 2016 Gary earned the PTR Master of Tennis certification in Junior Development. He continues to pursue new levels of tennis education and build strong adult and junior programs.
🇿🇦 Gary Innes
Tennis Congress Director of Education. 2011 USPTA Professional of the Year. 11-time USPTA Division/State Pro of the Year. Member Head/Penn Racquet Sports National Advisory Board.
Feisal Hassan, Tennis Congress Director of Education, is a USPTA Master Professional and an RPT Master Professional. He is also a member of the Head/Penn Racquet Sports National Advisory Board and National Speaker’s Bureau and holds USPTA specialist degrees in Competitive Player Development, Facility Management, Little Tennis and Sports Science. He is a USTA Recreation Coach National and Quickstart Trainer, a member of the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team and co-chairs the USPTA National Education Committee and the USPTA College Curriculum Committee. He is also on the USPTA Testing Committee and USTA National Youth Education Committee. He was also the Director of Certification & Testing for the USPTA Middle States division and was co-chair of the USPTA National Diversity Committee.
Feisal was also the Director of Coaches’ Education and Junior Davis Cup Team Coach for Tennis Zimbabwe. He was also voted in Tennis Industry magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list for being one of the top 40 men and women under 40 years old who have had and will continue to have a strong influence in the sport and in the business of tennis– both nationally and internationally.
Hassan writes and conducts seminars, workshops and clinics for international, national and sectional organizations and events. He has also written the book, How to Handle Difficult Players and Conditions, and is currently working on his second book, Doubles: Phases & Situations.
In 2011, he was awarded the USPTA’s most prestigious award, the Alex Gordon National Professional of the Year and the 2011 Racquet Sports Industry Champions of Tennis Award. This is the Racquet Sports Industry’s (RSI) most prestigious awards recognizing and honoring the people, businesses and organizations that are making a difference in the tennis industry. He was also a recipient for the USPTA Mid-Atlantic Hall of Fame recipient Inaugural Class of 2012 and the 2012 USPTA George Bacso National Tester of the Year.
Previous accolades include the USPTA Industry Excellence Award in 1999, 5-time Division Tester of the Year, 11-time USPTA Division/State Pro of the Year, and 9-time national Top-10 point holder in the USPTA’s Career Development Program.
🇿🇼 Feisal Hassan
Expert Tennis Strength and Conditioning Coach, iTPA Master Tennis Performance specialist
Jonny Fraser, Tennis Congress Deputy Director of Performance and Fitness Education, has a wealth of experience in tennis having been a tennis strength and conditioning coach for over seven years. In the past he has worked with a range of junior tennis players to full time professionals. Jonny is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) alongside being a certified Level B coach with the GPTCA and a licensed tennis coach with the LTA in the United Kingdom. Jonny has certification as a Master Tennis Performance specialist with the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA). Jonny is also the owner of Science in Tennis, a sport science provider solely focused on providing support to tennis centers and players.
Academically he has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Sheffield Hallam University and has also taught at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK teaching on sport science and sports coaching degrees.
🇬🇧 Jonny Fraser
Tennis Congress Director of Film and Video Production
Amy Lundy, Director, Tennis Congress Films, is a sports journalist and content producer for multiple television and digital platforms. Amy’s reporting and writing has appeared on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, ESPN.com, CNN, and The Golf Channel. She has received several journalism and producing awards including an Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. An avid amateur player and team captain, she enjoys all aspects of learning, competing and community-building in the sport of tennis. She’s also the proud mother of two young tennis players and serves on the Board of Directors of the charitable, education-based Oyebog Tennis Academy in Cameroon, Africa.
🇺🇸 Amy Lundy
Div 1. All-American Women's Tennis (U of Wyoming | Jacksonville University)
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Megan is the Director of Community and Partnerships for the Tennis Congress.
Graduating with her BA from Jacksonville University, Megan specialized in PR and Advertising. Deciding that home is where the heart is, Megan moved back to Vancouver and put her education and love for sport into her career working for The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
She doesn’t play as often as she used to but still keeps her fitness up as an elite middle-distance runner – because she can’t stop competing…with herself.