Tim Hecker – RIP


uspta-logoFROM Tennis Served Fresh

Tim Heckler, former CEO of the USPTA, passed away on Monday after suffering a heart attack. He was 71 years old.

“We are shocked and saddened by this loss,” said Tom Daglis, USPTA President. “He will be sorely missed in the industry as the single largest contributor to the USPTA in its entire history. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Renee, his children, and the rest of his family. They are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Heckler retired from his position as chief executive officer of the USPTA in December 2012, after 30 years in the position. When Heckler was tapped as USPTA CEO in 1982, the organization had approximately 2,400 members and an annual budget of $700,000. He grew the association to the world’s oldest and largest organization of its kind, serving more than 15,000 members in 66 countries, and operating on an annual budget of $6.5 million.


Tim HecklerFrom USPTA web site (and Tennis Now):

HOUSTON – Tim Heckler, former chief executive officer of the United States Professional Tennis Association, passed away this morning in Houston after suffering a heart attack. He was 71 years old.

“We are shocked and saddened by this loss,” said Tom Daglis, USPTA President. “He will be sorely missed in the industry as the single largest contributor to the USPTA in its entire history. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Renee, his children, and the rest of his family. They are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Heckler retired from his position as chief executive officer of the USPTA in December 2012, after 30 years in the position. When Heckler was tapped as USPTA CEO in 1982, the organization had approximately 2,400 members and an annual budget of $700,000. He grew the association to the world’s oldest and largest organization of its kind, serving more than 15,000 members in 66 countries, and operating on an annual budget of $6.5 million.

Heckler, who began playing tennis at age 3, started his tennis-teaching career in 1970, the same year he joined USPTA. He was elected president of the USPTA Texas Division in 1974 and served as national president of the organization from 1980 to 1982. With Heckler’s guidance, USPTA became one of the first tennis organizations to embrace technology, first through the computerization of the business itself as early as 1982, and then later through its use of the Internet and email-based communications and education.

USPTA introduced its first website in 1995. The USPTA honored Heckler in 2000 by naming him a grand inductee in the Association’s Hall of Fame. He also received the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Tennis Educational Merit Award in 2002 and was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

In 2008 he received the highest honor awarded by the United States Professional Tennis Association, the George Bacso Lifetime Achievement Award. He attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, on a tennis scholarship and played on the international circuit, including Wimbledon in 1959 and 1961, and the U.S. Open in 1960.

Arrangements are pending. Please check back to USPTA.com for more details.


From Twitter (as of 10:10 PM Eastern Time – Monday, February 4, 2013)

Our deepest condolences go out to the Heckler family. Tim passed earlier today of a heart attack. He was 71. He will be remembered #USPTA

Joe is President of USPTA Eastern and Head Tennis Pro at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, NY


The iTPA is very sad to hear about the passing of Tim Heckler (former USPTA CEO). He changed the tennis industry. #RIP @USPTA_Tennis

International Tennis Performance Association is the worldwide tennis specific education & certification organization for trainers, coaches and specialists.


Our condolences to the family of former USPTA CEO & President Tim Heckler, who passed away today. http://bit.ly/WMSIvn  pic.twitter.com/JodNWGkJ


A tragic loss, we wish Tim’s family the best RT @USPTA_Tennis USPTA mourns the death of former CEO Tim Hecklerhttp://bit.ly/VFzFIm


Shocked to hear the news that Tim Heckler (former @USPTA_Tennis CEO) has passed. Condolences to his family #RIP #Legacy http://www.uspta.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&newsletterid=871 …

Mark Kovacs is Manager of Sports Science for the USTA and Head of Sports Science for the PTR.  he is also a founder of ITPA (above).


Tom Perrotta@TomPerrotta

Told that Tim Heckler, long-time USPTA (teaching pros) CEO who finished his run in 2012, has died of a heart attack. A wonderful man. RIP.

A Brooklyn Tennis writer


From Facebook (as of 10:10 PM Eastern Time – Monday, February 4, 2013)

A sad day for the USPTA family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hecklers.
USPTA mourns the death of former CEO Tim Heckler
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Tim Heckler, former chief executive officer of the United States Professional Tennis Association, passed away this morning in Houston after suffering a heart attack. He was 71 years old. “We are shocked and saddened by this loss,” said Tom Daglis, USPTA President. “He will be sorely missed in…

USTA Northern · 942 like this
USTA Northern would like to pass along its condolences to the friends and family of Tim Heckler, former chief executive officer of the United States Professional Tennis Association, who passed away this morning in Houston after suffering a heart attack. Tim was a trailblazer for the tennis industry and had just retired in December. His impact will be forever felt within the industry. He will be greatly missed.

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