Workshop Descriptions

PTR Certification and Education Workshops are the most successful training courses available for tennis teachers and coaches. More than 300 PTR Workshops are conducted on five continents each year.

Workshop participants have varying backgrounds including: tennis teaching professionals, college coaches, middle and high school coaches, professionals making a career change, league tennis players, parents, etc. All workshops are led by specially trained PTR Clinicians. 

Many workshop attendees join PTR months before the workshop so they can prepare for certification testing. PTR certification ratings are awarded to those members who pass all parts of the exam.

NOTE: Workshops are subject to cancellation if a minimum number of registrants are not met. A decision whether or not to cancel will be made at least one week prior to the date of the workshop. If you plan to fly to the workshop, please contact brian@ptrtennis.org  before making your flight reservation.

IMPORTANT: For the Certification Workshop, please review your study materials thoroughly before the event. If you are in need of additional assistance please contact Brian Parkkonen at (843) 785-7244 or brian@ptrtennis.org.

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Instructing Wheelchair Tennis

$74 for PTR Members
$173 for non-PTR members (includes a PTR Affiliate Membership)


This course is primarily for tennis teachers and coaches to augment their existing PTR certification with a certification to teach wheelchair tennis providing them with the skills required to teach wheelchair players and other players with various physical limitations who would achieve a higher success rate using a wheelchair. 

Workshop participants actually use wheelchairs in order to understand the distinct skills required to maneuver the wheelchair and to hit from a modified elevation. Mobility, stroke production and general wheelchair basics are all covered in the curriculum. Attendees will understand the components of chair construction, as well as learn that the degree of disability will vary with each wheelchair athlete. 

The course is also valuable for rehab workers and Physical Therapy specialists who want to offer tennis as a rehabilitation tool. 

This hands-on course is generally taught by Harlon Matthews, PTR Clinician of the Year, a Top 20 National Wheelchair Player in the A division and winner of the prestigious Brad Parks Award for outstanding service to wheelchair tennis. 

The course is held at various times, but always available during the PTR Intl. Wheelchair Championships on Hilton Head Island in the fall.

All course attendees receive the course manual and additional resources for teaching wheelchair tennis. When held during the Championships, attendees also receive a boxed lunch while they watch and analyze play during the PTR Wheelchair Championships Finals. 

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Isaac McBroom was an absolute pleasure to work with. He did an exceptional job. The Hall of Fame cannot wait to move ahead towards our next training session with the PTR as we all move that much closer to being a well-rounded member of the PTR.
Ryan Harry, Head Tennis Pro
Intl. Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport, Rhode Island
I have been in tennis for 23 years. The information in this Performance Workshop was more valuable than anything I have taken away from other conferences in the past 15 years. Brian is extremely knowledgeable and provided a positive learning experience. I feel as if the PTR is current with Tennis and is moving Forward!
Jimmy Royalty, Head Pro
IMG Academy
Bradenton, Florida
The workshop was fantastic. Tom Ruth did a great job of creating an environment that was interactive, informative, and very enjoyable - it was a great experience for attending my first PTR Workshop. Thank you very much!
Chrissie Lissner, Assistant Director of Tennis
The Reserve at Lake Keowee
Sunset, South Carolina