TSR Spotlight: Renee Lentz

lentz1USTA Middle States is divided into six geographical regions. Within each region, a Tennis Service Representative (TSR) is responsible for coordinating tennis among adults, juniors and facilities. They travel to various facilities and ensure that everyone has the best opportunity to enjoy the sport.

Renee Lentz is the TSR in the Eastern Pennsylvania District (EPD).

Get to know Renee:

Time with USTA | 8 years

Age she began playing tennis | 35

First tennis memory | “This is one of my favorite tennis memories. It happened back when Junior Team Tennis Intermediate teams did not go to National Championships. EPD had never had a team attend the Section Championships. I was coaching a 14U Intermediate team. We were playing at Section Championships, and unbeknownst to us, we had just defeated the team that won Section Championships for the past two years.

The Middle States staff, at the time, came up to me and whispered in my ear that our team just defeated the reigning regional winners. I think everyone was a little surprised that EPD brought some competitive players. We went on to represent the section at the regional tournament, losing by one game. But it created a JTT experience that those particular players remembered for years.”

Current playing involvement | “I’m a TSR, a member of the National Education Faculty, USTA League captain, USTA League player in all eligible age groups, Interdistrict captain, JTT 12U team captain, PTR certified professional and 10 and Under tennis instructor at The Tennis Zone.”

What she loves about her job | “My job gives me the opportunity to see young players grow as a person, not necessarily a tennis player. The kids I have taught, or met, in different programs have become terrific young adults.”

What she loves about the game | “I love the idea of constant scoring. It’s a quick game. I love the baseline rallies, but doubles “put-aways” are really cool!”

Connect with Renee about how to get involved with tennis in the Eastern Pennsylvania District.

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