Delaine Mast Award

Billie Jean King and World TeamTennis established the "Delaine Mast Award" in the year 2000 for Community Tennis Associations run by volunteer boards of men and women. These associations contribute to the growth of tennis and WTT and take a leading role in their local tennis community.

As the National Director of WTT Community Tennis and inner city high school boys' and girls' tennis coach since 1986, Mast has become a household name within the tennis community and embodies the slogan "growing the game of tennis." Delaine is the founder and executive director of the Junior Tennis Corporation of America, a non-profit organization that raises money to provide free tennis lessons to more than 10,000 youth in 14 cities across the country.

Katie Kniesteadt of Portland, Ore., is the 2017 receipt of the Delaine Mast Award. As the local league director of World TeamTennis for the Portland area, Kniesteadt organizes more than 700 players and 60 teams playing on outdoor public courts throughout the city of Portland for the three-month summer WTT league.

As a result of her love for the game and heavy involvement in different organizations, Mast was elected in 1998 to a two year term as President of USTA Middle States, then served as a Delegate and was later appointed the USTA National Chair of the USA Tennis 1-2-3 Committee. In 2010, she was elected to the USTA Board of Directors and was the Vice Chair of the Strategic Planning and Creative Opportunities Committee.

As an active member of the PTR and USPTA National Tennis Teachers Organizations, Mast has received the PTR Pennsylvania Pro of the Year Award; the Norman Bromall Service Award; and her family was recognized with the 2004 USTA Family of the Year Award and the 2003 Middle States Family of the Year Award. In 2013 Mast was inducted into the USTA Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame.

Nominations for the Delaine Mast Award are based on the following criteria:

  • Current World TeamTennis League Director (league start date: August 2000 - present)
  • Overall contribution to the growth of tennis
  • Contribution to the growth of World TeamTennis (local promotions and exposure of WTT)
  • Leader and role model in local tennis community

For more information or to make a nomination, call 866-PLAY-WTT.