05 May 2013
For Immediate Release
Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards this week during the 2013 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes 50-plus on court and classroom presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, a trade show and tournament, was held May 2-5 at the new Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Don Hemingway, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has been named PTR Newcomer of the Year. This award is presented to an individual who makes a positive and powerful impact to the organization within their first year of membership. Newcomer of the Year is not presented annually.
Hemingway joined PTR in August, and by September had already organized and hosted New Mexico’s first ever PTR 10 & Under Tennis Certification Workshop. More than a dozen people have become PTR certified to teach tennis to children as a direct result of his efforts. Hemingway is already organizing two more PTR workshops - a 10 & Under Tennis, as well as 11 to 17.
After retiring in 2012, from a stellar career in technology for the Department of Army, Hemingway returned to his longtime love - tennis. He is far from retired though, and with his objective to promote and develop the growth of tennis in his community, Hemingway now works for the love of the game.
In addition to PTR tennis teaching certification workshops, Hemingway established a local World Team Tennis league, and the first USTA Pro Circuit Challenger Tournament in southern New Mexico. He competes on and captain USTA Adult League teams that routinely advance to play at the USTA Southwest Sectionals.
Hemingway serves as President of the USTA Southern New Mexico District and owns a pro shop that specializes in tennis racquet stringing and customization. He is a certified by the USRSA as a racquet stringer, as well as by PTR to teach tennis to children 10 and under.
According to Hemingway, “Our goals are to increase the infrastructure, training and resources to develop tennis in the community. When I learned what PTR was doing with its certification pathways, I knew I found the right partner to help grow tennis in the southern New Mexico communities, including Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Silver City, Deming, Hillsboro, and T or C.”
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 14,000 members in 117 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.