PTR Member of the Year: Roy Barth
Roy Barth’s tennis resume features extensive experience and accomplishments as a player, teacher and administrator. A former top 50 pro and founding member of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), Barth is in his 37th year as tennis director at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.
Barth attended his first PTR International Symposium on Hilton Head Island, S.C. in 1984, when he and partner Jorge Andrew began a 13-year undefeated run in the men’s 35s and 45s doubles. “Playing got me to the Symposium,” says Barth, who was named PTR Pro of the Year in 1990 and a PTR Master Pro in 2007, “but networking got me involved.”
Networking opportunities led to his roles as president of USTA South Carolina and the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation, and as current chairman of the USTA Davis Cup Committee. In fact, Barth has dedicated his distinguished career to improving the sport for all of its constituents. For his tireless efforts, he is RSI’s 2012 PTR Member of the Year.
Barth says he learns something new each year from the tennis teachers and coaches at the PTR Symposium from more than 50 countries. He has served as treasurer of the PTR board and helped to develop the inaugural PTR Directors of Tennis Conference, which took place this past October.
PTR Executive Director Dan Santorum credits Barth’s longevity with his dual strengths administratively and on court, where Barth advocates for resort pros to enhance stroke fundamentals rather than a particular style that contradicts a player’s regular pro back home. “Roy is an asset to the PTR board and our industry,” Santorum says. “He’s the best in the business.”
Tips for Success
- Take the first step. Barth was drawn to the PTR Symposium for the tournament competition, then became increasingly immersed in its education and certification opportunities.
- Keep an open mind. The game is always changing, and pros must change with it to stay relevant.
- Give back. Barth was a standout junior, college player and pro whose leadership as a tennis director resulted in a tennis center at Kiawah being named for him. Barth continues his volunteer efforts with the PTR and USTA to improve the sport for all.
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Cynthia Cantrell is a contributing editor of RSI magazine.