PTR Presents Annual Awards

Hilton Head Island, SC — Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards this week during the 2009 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes 60-plus on court and classroom presentations, a tennis trade show and $25,000 Championships is being held February 14-20, 2009, at Van der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The award recipients have shown dedication and service to the organization in the following categories:

PTR Professional of the Year Ken DeHart San Jose, CA
PTR Clinician of the Year Scott Mitchell Charlotte, NC
PTR Tester of the Year John MacDonald Waynesboro, GA
PTR Humanitarian Award Vicky Matarazzo Lakewood, CO
PTR Volunteer of the Year Don Henson Bonita, CA

PTR Coach Verdieck Awards:

Touring Pro Coach of the Year Leo Alonso Buenos Aires, Argentina
College Coach of the Year Bryan Shelton Alpharetta, GA
High School Coach of the Year Michael Kypriss Hollywood, FL
PTR Male Player of the Year Fernando Velasco Austin, TX
Female Player of the Year Diane Fishburne Charleston, SC
Public Facility of the Year Bass-Rudd Tennis Center Louisville, KY
Private Facility of the Year Pacific Athletic Club Redwood City, CA
PTR Pride Award Miller Tennis Center Williamsville, NY
PTR/USTA Community Service Award Milan Kubala Stowe, VT
PTR/TIA Commitment to the Industry Jorge Andrew Lexington, VT

In addition, PTR recognized several State Members of the Year for their contributions to the organization in their respective states. They are:

AK Bill Cotton
AZ Tom Lepisto
CO Nicole Kenneally
FL Pablo Arraya
GA Harlon Matthews
IL John Bremner
LA Yvette Marshall
MA Doug Eng
MD Kevin Kmieck
MI David Oom
MN Marc Stingley
MS Edwin Boyd
NC Marc Blouin
ND Brad Dorsher
NJ Rich Reyes
NY Eddie Shelton
OH Ann Grossman-Wunderlich
PA Marcy Bruce
RI Sandy Sweet
SC Dr. Bryce Young
VA Chad Reed
WA Brenda Lash
WI Frank Barnes


PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 13,000 members in 122 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

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