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YTF Board Member Bobby Curtis Honored

The USTA-Florida honored YTF Board member Bobby Curtis at it’s 60th Annual USTA-FL Celebration held December 4-6 at the Clearwater Beach Hilton. Curtis was honored for his 30 years of service to the USTA-FL as it’s first paid employee. Curtis is retiring as a full time paid employee of the USTA-FL but will continue to work as a contract employee dong his usual duties with major Florida junior tennis tournaments.

Curtis has been an integral part of the Youth Tennis Foundation of almost 40 years. He first became involved with the YTF in the early 70s while he was the director of tennis at Moore Park in Miami. He hosted the first 14 and under State Youth Team Tennis Tournament in 1977. The USTA-FL took over operation of the Youth Team Tennis program (re-naming it Junior Team Tennis) in the late 80’s.


Kelley (left) presents Curtis with a plaque commemorating his service with the YTF.

At the Sunday morning breakfast celebration for Curtis several speakers told funny and inspiring stories about Curtis. YTF past president, Pierce Kelley, was the first of those speakers and he related several wonderful stories about Bobby and his involvement with the YTF.


Kelley (left) and Curtis at the Celebration of 30 Years of Service.

Although Curtis has retired a s a full time employee of the USTA-FL, he will be working with both organizations as needed.

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