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PTR names Wheelchair Professional of the Year

Hilton Head Island, SC — Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards next week during the 2015 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, a trade show and tournament, will be held February 19-22 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

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Emmy Kaiser, of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, has been named PTR Wheelchair Professional of the Year. PTR first met Kaiser in 2005, when she played in the PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championships. She started playing wheelchair tennis when she was 5 years old and is now a PTR member certified as a Wheelchair Tennis Coach.

The 24 year old earned a bachelors degree in Psychology and an associates degree in Business Administration. Currently, she is graduate student at Ball State University working on her masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology with a minor in Coaching Education. Even with double majors, Kaiser manages to maintain a #1 ranking in US Women’s Wheelchair Tennis.

Her career high rankings in junior singles are #1 in the US and #3 in the world. Her career high rankings in Women’s Singles are #1 in the US, #13 in the world, and in Doubles are #1 in the US, and #15 in the world.

Kaiser has been on the US World Team Cup Team 10 times, starting in 2005 on the junior team and moving up to the women’s team in 2009. She got the wildcard for the US Open in 2009 and 2011. She was first alternate for the Paralympics in Beijing in 2008, and made it to the Round of 16 in Singles and Doubles in London 2012.

Ultimately Kaiser hopes to help other athletes as a sport psychology consultant and teaching pro, and hopes one day to coach a college wheelchair tennis team.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 15,000 members in 125 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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