A native of England, Joanne Wallen became a top junior player in England, after taking up tennis at the age of four. She came to the U.S. in 1988 on a six-year scholarship to the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. That year she also signed with sports marketing giant IMG, the youngest player ever to do so at the time. She played for 14 years on the International Tennis Federation and Women’s Tennis Association tours, winning 15 events and achieving a world #252 ranking in singles and #179 ranking in doubles.
In 2005 she joined the Lexington Tennis Club in Kentucky as Director of Junior Development and was promoted to General Manager in 2009. Throughout her career, Wallen has devoted countless hours to growing the sport of tennis by developing her own skills and teaching those around her. Wallen’s involvement in tennis has been multifaceted, and includes serving on the Board of Directors of USTA Kentucky, and chairing its Junior Competition Committee. She also served on the USTA Southern Junior Competition Committee. In addition, Wallen has coached multiple USTA Southern junior teams. Meanwhile, she has become a USTA Certified High-Performance Specialist, working with top juniors to prepare them for competition, and a tester for the U.S. Tennis Professional Association (USPTA), certifying tennis instructors in Kentucky and surrounding states. In 2012, she was named “Newcomer of the Year” by the Professional Tennis Registry.
In 2016, Wallen left Lexington to work for the USTA as Director of Adult Individual Play at the National Campus in Orlando. With this position, she oversaw all Adult tournaments, Wheelchair Tennis, which included being named Tournament Director of the US Open Wheelchair Championships. Within her role of Wheelchair Tennis Joanne also oversaw any Military outreach. In 2018 her role changed to Director of Adult Competition, which included Adult League and Tennis On Campus.
On February 1, 2021, Wallen was named Sr. Director of USTA National Campus where she now oversees all National Campus operations.