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    Roy Barth
    Adam Jasick
    Corey Gauff
    UTR
    Cosme & Manilla

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  • WTT Season 45

  • PBI 45 Years + Three New Partnerships

  • NGI Seminars

MARCH 2020

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Roy Barth Inducted to

PTR Hall of Fame

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards this week during the PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, was held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

 

Roy Barth, of Charleston, South Carolina, was inducted to the PTR Hall of Fame during the Awards Banquet Monday evening.  From his success as a decorated junior to playing on the pro tour to managing a prestigious tennis center to countless accolades and induction into several halls of fame, Roy Barth has a long and storied history with the game.  

 

Barth started playing – and winning – as a junior in San Diego.  He won three national junior doubles titles, was selected to the USA Junior Davis Cup team, and went on to play varsity tennis at UCLA.  More than just play, Barth captained the team, reached the doubles finals at the NCAA Championships, and was a two-time All-American.  He also was ranked Top 14 four times (as high as #8 in men’s singles and #2 in doubles in the United States.

After earning his degree, Barth’s natural path was to play professionally.  From 1969-75, Barth broke into the Top 50 in the world competing against some of the greatest names in the game: Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, Roy Emerson, Pancho Gonzales, Rod Laver, Stan Smith, and many others.  Barth was a founding member of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) while playing on Lamar Hunt’s World Championship of Tennis (WCT) tour from 1971-73.  The ATP was established to represent the touring tennis professionals.

 

Barth progressed from playing for a living to putting that Economics degree to good use on the management side.  In 1976, Barth moved to South Carolina to join the staff at Kiawah Island Golf Resort as Director of Tennis.  Like everything else, Barth gave it his all.  He built it from the ground up, and during his 41-year tenure, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort was ranked the #1 tennis resort in the world 12 times by Tennis Resorts Online and the #1 tennis resort in the US by Tennis magazine.  In 2006, Kiawah aptly renamed its tennis operations to the Roy Barth Tennis Center.

                                                                        

While growing the award-winning tennis center, Barth also served the game as a consummate volunteer.  He was President of USTA South Carolina and Chairman of the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation.  He served on the USTA Southern Adult Competition, Nomination, and Hall of Fame committees.  On a national level, he was on numerous committees over 29 years and was Chair of the USTA Davis Cup Committee for four years.  He also sat on the PTR Board of Directors for nine years, including stints as Treasurer and as President.  Barth was no figurehead; his service was always hands-on and impactful.  Among other initiatives, Barth was the driving force behind the establishment of PTR’s Mentor Program.

His accolades are extensive.  A PTR International Master Professional, Barth was named Professional of the Year by both PTR and USTA South Carolina.  His club at Kiawah earned the PTR Private Facility of the Year award.  He received the Jacobs Bowl, USTA Southern’s highest honor presented to a volunteer who has exhibited outstanding service to the Section.  His family was named USTA National Family of Year.

 

When Barth was inducted into his San Diego alma mater, Hoover High School’s Hall of Fame, he had no idea it was just the beginning of his litany of inductions.  He was inducted into the USTA South Carolina and Southern Tennis Halls and San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame.  In 2019, Barth was inducted as a player into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.  The 2020 induction into PTR Hall of Fame is Barth’s sixth.  It speaks volumes to his dedication, commitment, and love of the sport of tennis.

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

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Adam Jasick Named

PTR Humanitarian of the Year

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards last week during the PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, was held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

 

Adam Jasick, Director of Tennis of the Onteroa Club in Tannersville, New York, and Founder of Future Champions Foundation has been named PTR Humanitarian of the Year.  Jasick received $5,000 from PTR Foundation to continue Future Champions Foundation’s mission to create opportunities for children to become champions in their own communities.

 

Future Champions Foundation (FCF) is building and sustaining schools as the cornerstone of village development in some of the world’s poorest communities.  FCF’s first large scale project, which is currently underway, is the construction of a primary school in Bogaré in northern Togo.  Creating opportunities for children through education is FCF’s primary objective, creating jobs and commerce in the villages and employing local resources are welcome by-products. 

A graduate of Grand Valley State University in his native Michigan, Jasick has spent his entire career in the tennis industry.  From club teaching professional to club operator and shop owner, he brings vision to FCF projects and has the willingness to put in the effort to see them through.  For information about FCF, please visit www.future-champions-foundation.org

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 131 countries.  It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization.  PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game. www.ptrtennis.org

Corey Gauff Named

PTR Touring Coach of the Year

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its awards this week during the PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, was held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

 

Corey Gauff, of Boynton Beach, Florida, has been named PTR Touring Coach of the Year.   Gauff is the father and coach of teen sensation, Coco Gauff.   Corey was a competitive junior tennis player in Florida.  He was passionate and talented, so much so that he was able to play numerous sports and became an NCAA Division I athlete in basketball. His daughter Coco has now become the youngest player ranked in the WTA Top 100.  At 15, Coco won her first WTA Singles title at the 2019 Linz Open.  She rose to prominence with a first-round upset of Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2019.  Coco defeated Venus again at the Australian Open, where she also toppled Naomi Osaka in the third round. 

Coco had quick success as a junior, earning a sponsorship to train at former PTR Touring Coach of the Year, Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in France.  She began playing on the ITF Junior Circuit at 13, and finished runner up in Junior Girls Singles at the 2017 US Open, in just her fourth ITF event, making her the youngest finalist in the tournament's history.  She became the #1 junior in the world after winning the Junior Grand Slam Singles title at the 2018 French Open over McNally.  Coco partnered with McNally to win the Junior Grand Slam Doubles title at the 2018 US Open.

 

Coco made her WTA Tour debut in March 2019 at the Miami Open and won her opening match.  She received a wild card into the qualifying draw at Wimbledon where she became the youngest player to qualify for the main draw in the tournament's history.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 131 countries.  It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization.  PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game. www.ptrtennis.org

Universal Tennis Named

PTR Partner of the Year

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards this week during its International Tennis Symposium on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

 

Since signing the official partnership exactly one year ago, Universal Tennis has been fully committed to supporting PTR and growth of tennis through an incredible collection of coaching resources for the PTR membership.  Universal Tennis has demonstrated its strong support of PTR coaches by providing exclusive member pricing to access Universal Tennis' innovative UTR Platform, anchored by the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle, the premier platform for growing tennis participation for players of all levels.

 

Universal Tennis has also created the UTR Events Certified program as an added benefit and recognition for PTR members who complete the program.  Universal Tennis is an integral part of PTR’s efforts to deliver cutting-edge tools, technology, data, and analytics to support the continued education and professional development of PTR coaches. 

Universal Tennis is also supporting the growth and opportunity of competitive play for PTR coaches through its integration with PTR’s Tennis in a Can Program, an eleven-week online program specifically for high school coaches developed in partnership with Nick Bollettieri, and by serving as a co-sponsor for the PTR/UTR 11K Championships.

 

Universal Tennis has an incredibly supportive team that has been all in, collaborating and working with PTR to create new approaches and opportunities for PTR coaches to grow the game.  For more on Universal Tennis and the UTR Platform, watch the video and visit MyUTR.com.

 

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 MyUTR.com to sign up, create or find your player profile, and join the global tennis community on UTR.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 131 countries.  It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization.  PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game. www.ptrtennis.org

Hemel Cosme and Ron Manilla

Elected to PTR Board of Directors

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is pleased to announce two new members of the PTR Board of Directors were elected at the organization’s Annual General Membership Meeting.  The new board members, who will serve three-year terms are Directors-at-Large, are Hemel Cosme and Ron Manilla. 

Hemel Cosme is a native New Yorker with more than 35 years of experience teaching, coaching, operating and owning one of the largest tennis facilities in New York.  Cosme is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara where she was on a tennis scholarship.  She has worn many hats as a junior player, college player and pro player on the WTA Tour.  Most recently she has been a director of tennis and business owner. She managed one of the biggest public tennis facilities - Central Park Tennis Center - for more than 10 years and during her tenure was honored with the prestigious PTR Public Facility of the Year Award.

 

For the past 20 years, Cosme has owned and operated Alley Pond Tennis Center, a 16 court indoor/outdoor public facility in Queens Village, New York.  Alley Pond Tennis Center, a UTR facility, recently incorporated an extensive pickleball program.   She has served as Treasurer on the USTA Eastern Metro Board.  A PTR Professional and PPR certified Pickleball Coach, Cosme has hosted PTR and PPR certification workshops for her staff and tennis community.

A member since 1979, Ron Manilla is a PTR International Master Professional.  He was the Director of Tennis at The Sports Center at Boar’s Head Resort for more than 12 years, managing the nationally recognized facility with 12 indoor, 10 Har-Tru and four outdoor courts and overseeing a budget of more than $800,000.  During his time, Manilla created a Junior Elite Program that produced collegiate level athletes.  Currently, Manilla serves as the club’s Tournament Director, managing aspects of WTA, ATP and ITA tournaments, as well as Special Olympics competitions and USTA Sectionals.  For 30 years, he has been active in the Charlottesville Tennis Association and is the organization’s Past President.

 

Cosme and Manilla join current Directors-at-Large Leo Alonso, Lynne Rolley, and Martin Van Daalen.  Karl Hale is President, Delaine Mast is Vice President, Ken DeHart is Secretary, and Jack Waite is Treasurer. 

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 131 countries.  It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization.  PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game. www.ptrtennis.org

 

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WORLD TEAMTENNIS SETS 2020 SEASON SCHEDULE

WTT’s 45th Regular Season Features Nine Teams – Including New Chicago Franchise – and 63 Matches Over 19 Consecutive Days from July 12-30

World TeamTennis announced its 2020 schedule today ahead of its 45th season, adding the Chicago Smash to the premier team tennis series. The WTT regular-season calendar will showcase nine teams and 63 matches over 19 consecutive days from July 12-30.

 

WTT’s complete regular-season schedule can be found by visiting the league’s official website, WTT.com.

 

“After what was undoubtedly the league’s most successful season by many metrics, World TeamTennis continues its positive growth in 2020 with additional expansion for our 45th season,” WTT CEO Carlos Silva said. “In announcing our season schedule, as well as player signings, earlier than in past years, there is an entirely new groundswell of excitement from fans of our nine teams, and for team tennis as a whole, during this time of year.”

 

Chicago is World TeamTennis’ third expansion franchise in the past year. The addition of the Orlando Storm and Vegas Rollers grew WTT from six to eight teams in 2019. Last season also saw the creation of a four-team WTT playoff, which will return in 2020 to the Orleans Arena at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, home to the Vegas Rollers, for the second consecutive year with WTT’s semifinals set for Aug. 1 and the WTT Final on Aug. 2.

 

Though WTT’s 2020 regular season broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date, select World TeamTennis matches will be aired on CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network and streamed online at ESPN+ and WTT.com, the league’s official website.

 

In 2020, WTT is increasing its prize money to a record $5 million and an added $1 million awarded in WTT Playoffs compensation, including a $500,000 bonus to the team hoisting the King Trophy on Aug. 2.

 

Among the four matchups on WTT’s Opening Night on July 12, the 2018 and 2019 WTT champion Springfield (Mo.) Lasers begin their quest for a three-peat in hosting the Vegas Rollers. Also, the New York Empire, which advanced to the WTT Final for the first time in its four-year history in 2019, play on the road at the Washington (D.C.) Kastles.

 

The next two nights pit Springfield in a home-and-home series against its new geographic rival, the Chicago Smash. The Lasers host Chicago on July 13 before the teams reunite for the Smash‘s home debut at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Credit Union 1 Arena on July 14.

 

The 2020 WTT season will see two of its longtime rivalries – Orange County Breakers-San Diego Aviators and Philadelphia Freedoms-Washington Kastles – play three times.

 

WTT’s Southern California rivalry renews on Opening Night as Orange County drives down Interstate 5 to play San Diego at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. The teams reverse course the next night, July 13, and compete at Breakers Stadium in Newport Beach, Calif. Orange County also hosts San Diego on July 28. The Breakers beat the Aviators in the 2017 WTT Final a year after the Aviators downed the Breakers in the 2016 WTT Final.

 

Philadelphia and Washington play three times in six days. Washington, six-time WTT champions in seven years from 2009-2015, hosts the Freedoms on July 15 before 2019 WTT regular-season champion and 2018 WTT runner-up Philadelphia entertains the Kastles in its 2020 home opener at Drexel University the next night. The teams meet up one last time at Kastles Stadium on July 20.

 

Highlighted matchups (match and broadcast times TBA) for the 2020 World TeamTennis season include:

 

  •   Orange County Breakers vs. San Diego Aviators, July 12-13. The Aviators host their Southern California rival on WTT’s Opening Night, then the teams immediately reconvene at Breakers Stadium the next day.

  •   Vegas Rollers at New York Empire, July 14. The Empire open their home schedule hoping for a return to the WTT Playoffs.

  •   Philadelphia Freedoms vs. Washington Kastles, July 15-16. The East Coast rivals’ home-and-home series begins in Washington D.C., then moves north for the Freedoms’ 2020 home opener.

  •   Chicago Smash at New York Empire, July 17. The first matchup between the teams in WTT’s two largest markets.

  •   Philadelphia Freedoms at New York Empire, July 19. Rematch of the WTT’s top two Eastern Conference teams in 2019, who also met in the 2019 WTT semifinals.

  •   Springfield Lasers at Vegas Rollers, July 20. The Lasers return to Orleans Arena for the first time after winning the 2019 WTT championship there.

  •   Springfield Lasers at San Diego Aviators, July 22-23. Meetings of WTT’s top two Western Conference teams in 2019, who also met in the 2019 WTT semifinals.

  •   New York Empire at Springfield Lasers, July 25. The only rematch of the 2019 WTT Final within the 2020 WTT regular season.

  •   Chicago Smash at Orlando Storm, July 28. The Eastern Conference’s newest franchises play for the third time in eight days at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla.

  •   Springfield Lasers at Philadelphia Freedoms, July 29. The only rematch of the 2018 WTT Final within the 2020 WTT regular season.

 

WTT introduced professional team tennis in 1974, with Billie Jean King serving as its co-founder. WTT is one of five active U.S. pro sports leagues that has been in operation for over 40 years, along with the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. For more information on World TeamTennis, please visit www.wtt.com.

 

About World TeamTennis (WTT)

World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional tennis with nine teams competing in the innovative team format for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy named after tennis icon and co-founder Billie Jean King. Since the league's debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played WTT, including Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Bob, and Mike Bryan, Sloane Stephens, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, and Naomi Osaka. WTT is owned by innovator Fred Luddy and entrepreneur Eric Davidson. WTT's 45th season will play from July 12-29, 2020 and conclude with the WTT Playoffs; league semifinals on Aug. 1 and the final Aug. 2. CBS Sports is the official television broadcast partner of WTT. Learn more about the history and league champions of World TeamTennis on the history page.

Peter Burwash International Starts its 45th Anniversary Year

with the Addition of Three Beautiful International Destinations

Peter Burwash International (PBI), the world’s premier tennis management company is pleased to announce the expansion of its portfolio with new first-class destinations in Mexico, Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Malaysia.

With signing to direct the tennis programs for Thompson Zihuatanejo, Park Hyatt Dubai and One&Only Desaru Coast, PBI offers their customers and any tennis traveler exciting options to enjoy quality tennis programming in a luxury destination.

Thompson Zihuatenejo, a five-star luxury beachfront resort, lies along the white sands of Playa La Ropa, the premier swimming beach of Mexico’s Pacific Coast. It is PBI’s first partnership with Thompson Hotels, an award-winning boutique lifestyle hospitality brand.

Park Hyatt Dubai is one of the premier luxury destinations in Dubai. Set on the banks of the Dubai Creek and adjacent to the world-famous Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, the hotel features 223 elegant rooms and suites, world-class restaurants and spa, and a tranquil resort feeling in the midst of the vibrant city.

On March 23rd One&Only Desaru Coast will open its doors. Nestled on the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia, the resort spans 128 acres, with over a kilometer of untouched private beach and offers a tropical retreat amid unspoiled nature.

Although each of the new destinations offers its own unique luxury experience, the tennis experience will be consistent with the quality and service standards that PBI programs are known for. A complete tennis menu of activities will be offered that is best suited to each property and will include special tournaments and events as well as daily clinics and private instruction, junior tennis, social mixers, and player matching services.

 

Of the three new partnerships, PBI’s President René Zondag shared, “PBI’s 45th year of operation could not have had a better start. In 1975 PBI’s founder Peter Burwash recognized the need for quality tennis professionals, programs and exceptional service. He also had a passion to make the best of the sport he loved around the world. After 45 years we continue to do so with the same excitement and enthusiasm. We are just delighted to offer our tennis service to these amazing new destinations.”

About Peter Burwash International 

Founded in 1975, Peter Burwash International (PBI) is the world’s premier tennis management company, specializing in tennis instruction, program development, marketing, operations, and daily tennis activities for five-star resorts, hotels, and tennis clubs worldwide. PBI Founder Peter Burwash has been a Hall of Fame icon in the tennis industry for over 40 years as a world-renowned coach, author, tennis TV commentator and motivational speaker. Recognized for its innovative Tennis For Life® instruction and exceptional customer service, PBI directs tennis programs for 55 exclusive properties in the United States, Mexico, Hawaii, Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. For more information please visit www.pbitennis.com.

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NGI Sports and Fred Kolkmann are conducting a series of sport surface design and maintenance seminars.
 

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