Press Release
19 February 2019
For Immediate Release

Dr. Anne Pankhurst 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.

Dr. Anne Pankhurst, of Somerset, England, has been named a PTR International Master Professional.  She is the first ever British subject to receive the designation, and 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.  

Pankhurst is PTR's Education Consultant, and also works as a consultant to a number of different sports national governing bodies, organizations, clubs and academies in different parts of the world.  Pankhurst’s work centers primarily on good practice in the development of sport specific athlete, coach and parent pathways.  

Since 2009, Pankhurst has been the developer of all PTR education pathways, including Level 1, 3 and the three Level 5 Masters of Tennis programs.  For a decade, she worked for USTA Player Development, initially with Dr. Paul Lubbers on the High Performance Coaching Program, and then as a Player Development Consultant on the 10 and Under programs.  From 1994-2004, Pankhurst was the LTA Coach Education Director, responsible for all coach education and development programs Levels 1 through 5.  She also introduced the LTA's Coach Licensing Scheme.  

In 2014, Pankhurst earned her Ph.D, which focused on the roles of parents, coaches and the sport system in the identification and development of potential in junior sport (and tennis in particular).  She has been published in scientific journals, written several book chapters for the ITF, The Young Tennis Player - Injury Prevention and Treatment (Springer, 2016), and has just co-written a chapter for Talent Development, a Practitioner Guide (Routledge, 2017) and for the Handbook of Elite Performance (Routledge, in print).  

Currently, Pankhurst is developing a comprehensive Junior Development Coaching Program for more than 80 David Lloyd Clubs in the United Kingdom.  In 2017, she received the ITF Service to the Game Award.

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.


Contact:  Peggy Edwards • PO Box 4739, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 USA
843-785-7244 • fax 843-686-2033 • •