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Paul Roetert, Ph.D., is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Roetert spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.
Roetert has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and well over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a Master Professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and an Honorary Member of the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; and in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.
Roetert holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.
Jack Groppel is a cofounder and partner in the highly regarded LGE Performance Systems, Inc., which helps athletes train both mentally and physically to perform at the highest levels of sport. Groppel is an instruction editor for Tennis magazine and is in his 13th year as chairman of the sports science committee at the USTA.
Like Roetert, Groppel is a Fellow in the ACSM. He is also a USPTA Master Professional and one of only eight Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) International Master Professionals worldwide. In 1987 the USPTA named him National Pro of the Year. Groppel has also been named to the Midwest USPTA Hall of Fame and has received the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award. He has traveled to more than 45 countries training tennis coaches to teach the game more effectively.
Groppel holds a PhD in exercise physiology from Florida State University. He and his wife Jodie live in Algonquin, Illinois.