Professional Tennis Management

What is PTM?

Established in 1986, the Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program provides skilled tennis players the opportunity to make their passion their profession.

The PTM program provides a comprehensive education designed to position graduates for life long success within the tennis industry. The program has seven distinct components that work together to provide complete understanding of the tennis industry.

1. Academics

  • 4 year Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Professional Tennis Management
  • Choice of a Marketing or Resort Management Concentration
  • Curriculum includes courses in: Accounting, Economics, Statistics, Retailing, Small business management, Marketing, Event planning, and much more!
  • Professional Tennis Management courses include:
  • Beginning and Advanced Teaching techniques
  • Racquet Stringing, Customization, & Repair
  • Tournament & Event Administration
  • Clay court maintenance
  • Internships
  • USPTA certification preparation
  • 100% Graduate Job Placement Record!!!

2. USPTA Certification

United States Professional Tennis Association is the accrediting body for the FSU PTM program.
USPTA is the country's largest and oldest trade association for tennis professionals.
FSU PTM program is the only 4 year program currently accredited by the USPTA
Graduates of the PTM program at FSU must achieve a USPTA certification at the P2 level or higher.
USPTA certification test is given the senior year for PTM students. Ferris students are fully prepared to pass the exam on the first attempt.

3. Internships

Students will complete three paid internships as part of the program and will have the opportunity to work at facilities across the country. Opportunities are available in a wide variety of facilities from country clubs to public tennis facilities. Many times, students are hired by the clubs and organizations that employed them as interns. The PTM Internship program requires a minimum of 320 hours to be completed for each internship as well as the completion of a internship portfolio. Completion of all internship requirements successfully qualifies students to take the USPTA certification exam during their senior year in the program.


4. FSU Racquet & Fitness Center Laboratory

Students work at the FSU Racquet & Fitness center throughout the 4 year program to gain valuable hands-on experience. Students contribute over 12,000 hours to the operation of the facility. Student's lab assignments include: Front desk, stringing, pro shop, activities & marketing, and teaching. Students contribute 32 hrs per semester toward their lab assignment. In addition to the lab assignment students must complete an introductory internship at the conclusion of their first year in the program.


5. Professional Tennis Management Student Association

All students are members of the very active Professional Tennis Management Student Association. This is a student run organization that organizes social, fundraising, and educational events for its members and promotes the program throughout the tennis industry. The student association also organizes and assists in many community service activities off campus. The PTMSA meets Thursdays at 11:00 in the business building on campus.


6. PTM Tennis Academy

The PTM program at Ferris has a comprehensive tennis academy designed to maintain and elevate a student's playing ability. The tennis academy is lead by the FSU Racquet & Fitness Center Head Professional and the PTM Program Director. In addition to the PTM Tennis Academy students have several opportunities to play and compete. As a part of the program players have access to unlimited court time, ball machine access, club tennis, and resources within our tennis library.


7. Workshops/Industry Experts

Students in the PTM program will be required to attend various workshops and seminars throughout their time in the program. The program regularly brings in the best and brightest tennis professionals and tennis experts from throughout the tennis industry. These experts present information on all aspects of the tennis industry from teaching trends to business management. Annually, the program hosts an awards banquet and workshop weekend which brings in the very best the industry has to offer in terms of education and industry trends. The annual banquet is held over the course of two days in April and is the marquee event for the PTM program. Every year this event is well attended by current students, graduates, parents, industry professionals, and the surrounding community.