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WTA Tennis




Kay Yuspeh

The Bill Letwin Award was established in 1967 by the Town Club, when it was the site of the National Clay Court tournament. The award is named for Bill Letwin, a former sportswriter for the Milwaukee Journal who covered tennis in Milwaukee for more then forty years before his retirement in 1975. The award is presented annually to recognize achievement, dedication or service, past or present, by a Wisconsin tennis player, coach, professional, WTA officer or tournament official.This year’s recipient is Kay Yuspeh.

In 1986, when Kay bought the Highlander in Brookfield, she was looking to create a club that not only was a tennis club, but a destination for the whole family to enjoy physical fitness as well as tennis. Kay and her husband Richard raised their 3 children, Barry, Alex, and Sam through the clubs and gave them the gift of tennis. The club was a true family affair as all 3 children have worked various duties at the club over the years. Kay, the true entrepreneur, saw that for tennis clubs to remain competitive, they needed to be multi-use facilities. This model has been a success and has allowed her to continue to grow tennis into the 4 Elite clubs she owns today. Those 4 clubs employee over 300 people in the tennis and fitness industry and allow individuals, such as myself, a chance to pursuit a very rewarding career in tennis.

Some accomplishments for Wisconsin tennis have been:
Hosting Junior and Adult league and tournament play
Providing rain out sites for the USTA League Championships
Donating facilities for umpire clinics and seminars
Hosting the Milwaukee Tennis Classic
Making the clubs available for local colleges and high school practices and match play
Providing courts and equipment for the Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation as well as Camp Esmeralda
Providing tennis scholarships for juniors in need

Her charitable contributions include:
Women for MACC, Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer, the Highlander Classic to benefit Cerebral Palsy, and the Tim & Tom Gullickson Foundation

In addition, Kay is the past chairman of the Greater Milwaukee Indoor Tennis Association, has been featured in The Business Journal Small Businesses, and has been on the cover of Club Business International, the magazine of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.

It’s my proud honor to present this award to Kay Yuspeh.