Origin of the name APTA
The United States Paddle Tennis Association (USPTA) had abandoned the name American Paddle Tennis Association under which it was first organized in 19261
With the permission of the USPTA, the newly formed governing body for platform tennis adopted the former name of the USPTA.
Blanchard latter regretted that they did not make a clearer distinction between the two games.
Source: Adapted from Fessenden S. Blanchard, Paddle Tennis, 1944
Note 1: According to an article in Paddle World in Fall 1976 the date that the Rev Beal and Frank Contessa formed the APTA was 1922 – see Frank B Contessa