• New Ladders from Oncourt Offcourt

  • Noa Gene Joins PPR

  • Mouratoglou Academy Partners with UTR

  • USTA Provisional Accreditation for PTR

  • XTP Extended Racquet
    Butt Caps

  • PTR Re-Accredited by USCCE

  • 2020 Sport Surface Design & Maintenance Seminars



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OnCourt OffCourt Launches New
Non-Slip Ladders

OnCourt OffCourt is pleased to launch their new and improved SportLadder and KidzLadder made with a proprietary non-slip material blend. This is groundbreaking for the tennis, sports and PE markets with all the fun and innovation of regular ladders and none of the potential tripping and injuries.


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Noa Geyne Joins PPR Staff


Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) is pleased to announce the hiring of Noa Geyne.  As Member Services Coordinator, Geyne will serve PPR’s fast-growing membership with the quality and commitment expected in a subsidiary of PTR.  The Tennessee native will move to Hilton Head Island where PPR Headquarters is located. 

Geyne comes to PPR with a solid customer service background and passion for pickleball.  In her new position as Member Services Coordinator, Geyne is responsible for supporting all aspects of PPR membership. 


“We are excited about the growth of PPR, and Noa is a perfect fit as a player, teacher, and she has experience running tournaments,” said Nicole Hobson, PPR Member Services Director.


Sports run in Geyne’s family.  Her father, a professional soccer player, introduced her to soccer, tennis and after she graduated, pickleball.  She played soccer and tennis in middle school and in high school, she achieved District and Regional Championships in both sports.  By then, her father was playing badminton and pickleball, showing her how to play the latter.  After playing this new sport for less than a year, Geyne won a gold medal in her first tournament.  Hooked on pickleball, she's looking forward to starting her training to be a PPR Clinician so she shares her love of the game with other aspiring pickleball teachers and coaches.


PPR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving pickleball teaching professionals and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.  PPR is the largest global organization of pickleball teaching pros with more than 1,700 members in all 50 states and 15 countries.  PPR is a subsidiary of Professional Tennis Registry, the largest global organization of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches with nearly 16,000 members in 131 countries. For more information, visit

Mouratoglou Academy Partners With Universal Tennis 


Premier International Academy Adopts UTR Platform to Enhance Player Development
and Connect With Global Tennis Community 


Mouratoglou Academy and Universal Tennis announced a new partnership under which the Academy will use the innovative UTR tools and technology to enhance its world-class tennis training program to support the growth and development of aspiring professional tennis players. 


Mouratoglou Academy will leverage the UTR Platform to enhance player development, drive further engagement across its tennis programming, and organize fun and flexible level-based UTR Events, with the results counting for player UTRs. The Academy is adopting UTR Powered by Oracle, the world’s most accurate tennis rating system which measures all players regardless of age or gender on the same scale, as its official player rating system. 


Patrick Mouratoglou, Founder and President of the Mouratoglou Academy said, “Our dedicated coaches and staff are the heart of our highly personalized program and we strive to give them the premier tools and technology to effectively develop our players. UTR is by far the best way to measure player skill level and track player progress.  It will enhance our coaches' ability to create bespoke training programs for all players who attend the Academy. The UTR Platform enables us to reach UTR’s global tennis community to showcase Mouratoglou Academy, connect with prospective players and run creative events. We look forward to working with UTR to create compelling events and initiatives to develop the next generation of tennis players.”


For over two decades, Mouratoglou Academy has provided world-class tennis training programs to players of all ages and skill levels. Founded in 1996 by Patrick Mouratoglou, one of the most influential coaches in tennis and current coach of 23x Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, the Academy focuses on highly personalized methodology and bespoke training programs for each player. Ambassadors include Stefanos Tsitsipas, Coco Gauff, and Serena Williams, among many others. 


“We are excited that Mouratoglou Academy is integrating the UTR Platform into their world-class tennis program,” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman & CEO. “Building on the world-class UTR Powered by Oracle rating system, Universal Tennis has developed a comprehensive set of software products to help every facet of tennis, and we are excited to enable our technology to enhance the experience for players, coaches, and professionals at the Academy.” 


Join Mouratoglou Academy’s digital club on UTR to follow events, players, and much more. Visit to sign up, create or find your player profile, and join the global tennis community on UTR.

About Universal Tennis


The mission of Universal Tennis is to make tennis more affordable, accessible and fun for all players, regardless of age, gender, level, and socioeconomic status. Anchored by the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle - the world’s most accurate tennis rating system - Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience. Watch the video and visit to sign up, create or find your player profile, and join the global tennis community on UTR.

About Mouratoglou Academy


Nestled between Nice and Cannes, in the heart of the French Riviera, the Mouratoglou Academy is a top-notch complex that stretches over 12 hectares of unique infrastructures at the cutting-edge of innovation. Relying on Patrick Mouratoglou’s methodology, it is now widely considered as one of the world’s most proficient training centers. The best professional tennis players (Serena Williams, Stefan Tsitsipas to name a few) have made it their training


Patrick Mouratoglou, Founder and President of the Mouratoglou Academy and Mark Leschly, Chairman & CEO of Universal Tennis, today announced a new partnership to support the growth and development of aspiring tennis players. CREDIT: Mouratoglou Academy

ground to perfect their games and prepare at best for tournaments.


The Mouratoglou Academy’s mission is to guide young aspiring players as well as professionals towards achieving their full potential. Every year, the academy is the training ground for 4,000 campers and 200 student-athletes who train every day to fulfill their dreams.


Since its inception in 1996, the Mouratoglou Academy has shaped some of the world’s most promising talents, such as Marcos Baghdatis, Grigor Dimitrov and most recently Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexei Popyrin and Coco Gauff.


PTR Receives USTA Provisional Accreditation


Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced that it has received provisional accreditation from the United States Tennis Association (USTA).  USTA’s accreditation program sets uniform standards for the development of those new to the profession and will include ongoing coaching education for all certified professionals who are members of accredited organizations.

PTR continues to be the leader in Coach Education.  PTR innovations in 2019, include:

   • Level 1 Certification launch – the first to require six-plus days of education to become certified

   • Established eight (8) regional education centers

   • Conducted more than 180 PTR certification workshops in the US in 2019

   • Revised PTR Continuing Education Recognition Program

   • Launched PTR Virtual Classroom

   • Debuted Bollettieri-PTR ‘Tennis in a Can’ curriculum for high school and team coaches

   • Held inaugural PTR National Education Day at Cary Leeds in New York City

   • Released revolutionary PickTEN program to grow the game

   • PTR Directors of Tennis Conference held on the west coast for the first time (Indian Wells)

   • Held PTR Technology Conference at IMG Academy


“These accomplishments were made possible by the hard work and dedication of the entire PTR staff and support of the PTR Board,” said PTR CEO, Dan Santorum.  “Special thanks to PTR COO, Brian Parkkonen and renowned educational consultant, Dr. Anne Pankhurst.  PTR has even more quality education initiatives planned for 2020.  We look forward to working with the USTA to achieve Full Accreditation.”

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis coaches with more than 16,000 members in 131 countries.  In the USA, PTR the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization.  PTR is dedicated to inspiring, educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches in order to grow the game.


XTP-Extended Racquet Butt Caps

John Keller has been working on this patented product the XTP-Xtended Tennis Product for a couple of years since realizing a product like this was not offered but needed in the racquet and paddle sports fields. He originally developed this elongated butt cap for his XTP line of paddle tennis paddles when the sport of Paddle Tennis decided they would, in fact, allow 18.5-inch paddles to be legally used in the sport, this was half-inch longer than the legal 18-inch paddle currently used.

As he developed and designed and prototyped butt caps for a full production he realized that in fact, the larger market for a product like this would in be the Tennis racquet Industry, as he realized nothing like this simple little product was offered to customize the length of a racquet or paddle. And with the huge growth of pickleball, he was getting XTP caps on pickleball paddles.

Michael Chang put the XL tennis racquet on the map when he used a 28 inch racquet years ago, and there are now a good many models of racquets longer than the standard 27 inches, but nothing like simply changing the factory butt cap to slightly add overall length has been offered.

The XTP butt with HeatFit technology cap can fit any manufacturer's racquet that has a removable butt cap to add half an inch or slightly more to the overall length.

John says, "I did finally get four sizes of my XTP butt cap into full production and it has had a very very interested group of players and users now for the past year. I now have a UK distributor, Racquet Depot, that is handling most of Europe and Top Serve Tennis distributor in Australia. And I myself have shipped these butt caps in moderate quantities all over the world."

"I feel a product like this should be carried in every tennis pro shop so when a customer brings in a racquet for stringing they can now slightly stretch a racquet as well."


PTR Re-Accredited by USCCE


Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced that it has been successfully re-accredited by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) and National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) at Level 5 accreditation for its PTR Master of Tennis - Performance program.


Originally accredited in 2011, PTR is still one of only 30 accredited coach education programs within the United States.  PTR clearly stands out as a leader in the United States in the preparation of tennis coaches.


Through this accreditation process, NCACE ensures that the PTR program adheres to the characteristics of excellence as prescribed by SHAPE America’s National Standards for Sports Coaches.  These standards feature eight domains of coaching responsibilities and within them, 40 standards and subsequent benchmarks representing the body of knowledge associated with each coaching responsibility and provide concrete examples of actions and orientations that constitute coaching competence.  Accreditation reviewers noted that the PTR program provided “in-depth coverage of all topics for coaching including a substantial number of hours.”


About PTR

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis coaches with more than 16,000 members in 131 countries.  PTR the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization.  PTR is dedicated to inspiring, educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches in order to grow the game.



The United States Center for Coaching Excellence is the premier authority on coaching education in the United States, providing coaching education programming support and accreditation of program through NCACE. NCACE offers accreditation and national recognition to sport organizations and institutions responsible for the preparation of coaches at any and all levels of sport. The rigorous review process ensures alignment with SHAPE America’s National Standards for Sport Coaches, and that coaches are trained to effectively meet the unique developmental needs of every athlete. Through forward-thinking leadership and our team of expert reviewers, the USCCE is uniquely positioned to provide the highest quality, empirically-based guidance for the creation, implementation, and evaluation of coaching education programs. 

For more information, visit NCACE

or the USCCE                                        


2020 Sport Surface Design & Maintenance Seminars

Fred Kolkmann Tennis & Sport Surfaces, LLC and NGI Sports will be conducting a series of sport surface design and maintenance seminars. These seminars are intended to educate attendees on the process of designing facilities with reduced maintenance for the owners and evaluating/designing existing facilities for long term renovation incorporating membrane systems.  

Seminar Topics
- Court-Surface Construction Issues
- Changing Technology
- Court Repair
- Reconstruction Options   
- Sport Surface Evaluation Processes
- Life Cycle Costing Analysis
- Sport Surface Maintenance

Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: Free / Must be Registered
Registration Required



Registration must be done at in order to be properly registered


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*Kolkmann Court Builder's reserve the right to cancel any seminar where no one has signed up at least 7 days before the seminar date


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