Former French Open mixed doubles champion and Stanford All-American Scott Lipsky has been named Director of Player Development and College Readiness with USTA Southern California, the organization has announced.
A well-known tennis coach in Orange County, Lipsky will now fill an essential role that focuses on aspiring collegiate student-athletes and identifies uniquely talented players and programs and connects them with the Player Development Department at the USTA training facility in Carson, Calif. Additionally, Lipsky will foster high performance initiatives including Team USA camps and other opportunities among section players.
“It is an exciting opportunity to be able to help the junior tennis players in Southern California,” Lispky says. “Coming up through the junior tennis ranks to have a successful professional career, I know how important these early years are in a player’s development. I am now focusing my energy on sharing my knowledge with these players and their families to help them navigate through the waters of junior tennis to continue to make USTA-Southern California one of the strongest sections in the nation.”
No stranger to the competitive pathway from the junior level to pro ranks, Lipsky was the nation’s highest ranked 16 and under player in 1997, and peaked at #2 in the World ITF doubles rankings as a high school junior. He appeared in four Junior U.S. Open tournaments from 1996-1999 before helping Stanford to a NCAA championship in 2000. As a doubles specialist with the Cardinal, Lipsky was a three-time All American and teamed with David Martin to earn PAC-10 Doubles Team of the Year honors, and two consecutive All PAC-10 honors.
Lipsky began his professional tennis career in 2003, and went on to win the French Open Mixed Doubles title in 2011. He achieved a career-high ATP Doubles ranking (#21) in 2013 before reaching the semifinals of the U.S. Open doubles in 2014. In total, Lipsky won sixteen ATP Mens’ doubles titles throughout his illustrious career.
“We are thrilled to have Scott join our efforts here in Southern California,” said Marla Messing, Chief Executive Officer at USTA Southern California. “He brings tremendous knowledge of the college, student-athlete process, and of the demands and training associated with top performing athletes. Through Scott, we are adding an additional resource to these categories of young players.”