Florida is "America's Most Important Tennis State," in the words of former U.S. Tennis Association president J. Howard "Bumpy" Frazer.
It is home to the ATP Tour and WTA Tour headquarters, the USTA High Performance program, and many of the leading tennis academies and resorts.
Pro tournaments: The Sony Ericsson Open, America's second-largest and the world's fifth-largest tournament, is held in Miami. Others:
the ATP Tour at Delray Beach, numerous Challengers and Futures throughout the state.
Amateur tournaments: The world's premier juniors compete in the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl International Championships.
The state is host to numerous USTA national adult and junior championships.
Florida Tennis history: The magazine was launched in 1992 by Jim Martz, dean of tennis writers in Florida and a vice president of the U.S.
Tennis Writers Association. Previously he was the Miami Herald's tennis writer for 18 years and contributed to several national international publications.
He edited the book "50 Love, Advantage Florida," which chronicles the first 50 years of USTA Florida. And he has written four books on University of Miami football
and one on University of Miami baseball.