Press Release
19 February 2019
For Immediate Release

Rodney Harmon Named International Master Professional

Hilton Head Island, SC - - 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 February 11-15, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Rodney Harmon, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been named a PTR International Master Professional.  He is one of only 53 tennis professionals ever selected to receive this honor, joining Arthur Ashe, Dr. Jack Groppel, Billie Jean King, Dr. Jim Loehr and Dennis Van der Meer.  

Harmon has excelled on the court and off.  As junior, he was the winner of the USTA Boys 18s Doubles, USTA Boys 18s Clay Court Doubles, and Boys 18 Singles at the Easter Bowl.  He was a member of the USA Junior Davis Cup Team.  In college, he was an NCAA All-American in Singles and Doubles and won the NCAA Doubles Championship for the University of Tennessee.  He did it again at Southern Methodist University as an NCAA All-American in Singles and Doubles, and finalist in the NCAA Team Championship.  Harmon was inducted to the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.  

After a reaching #56 on the ATP Tour, with highlights like reaching the Men’s Singles quarterfinals at the US Open, Harmon turned his sights to other opportunities in tennis.  In 1991, he started working for the USTA as National Coach in Player Development.  

University of Miami called, and Harmon became the Head Men’s Tennis Coach from 1995-97.  He coached two All-Americans and was named Big East Coach of the Year twice.  

In 1997, he returned to the USTA as Director of Multicultural Participation, and in 2002, moved on to be the Director of Men’s Tennis (High Performance).  Harmon was the Head Coach for Team USA at the Olympics in Beijing.  

After receiving the USTA Florida Junior Development Coach of the Year Award in 2012, Harmon return to college coaching as Head Women’s Coach for Georgia Tech.  He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and led his team to ACC Team Championship win in 2017.  In 2018, they were NCAA Team Championship Semifinalists.  Four of his players have achieved All-American status and he coached the ITA National Indoor Doubles Champions.  

Harmon has served on the PTR Board of Directors, most recently as President.  He was named PTR Professional of the Year, earned the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award, and was inducted into the Richmond Tennis Hall of Fame.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,500 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 serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.
 

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Contact:  Peggy Edwards • PO Box 4739, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 USA
843-785-7244 • fax 843-686-2033 • peggy@ptrtennis.org • www.ptrtennis.org