Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards yesterday during the PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, is underway February 11-15, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Livingstone ‘Rudy’ Lewis, of Homewood, Alabama, has been named PTR Member of the Year for the State. This award is presented to a member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.
For more than 20 years, Lewis has given back to the game he loves. In 1995, he helped establish the James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation, and was instrumental in renaming the Ensley Tennis Center to the James Lewis Tennis Center in April of 1998. He helped initiate the Birmingham Area Tennis Association and served as Chair of Alabama Tennis Association Information Technology. Later he served on the USTA Southern IT Committee, including a stint as Vice Chair, and was Chair of the section’s nine state Multicultural Committee. Lewis was on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Patrons Foundation. He was also the Chair of the NJTL for Southern and served on the National NJTL Committee. Today, he serves as the Foundation’s President, Junior Program Coordinator, Southern NJTL Chairperson and resides on the Southern Tennis Foundation Board of Trustees.
No stranger to awards, Lewis received the Alabama Tennis Association Volunteer Service Award, inducted to the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame and later received the Herbert Kessler Service Award for the State of Alabama.
A Certified Professional in two PTR education pathways, Lewis is also a certified tennis umpire and referee. He was the Head Referee for the American Tennis Association’s 83rd National Championships with more than 700 players, and was the Referee of the 600 player National Senior Games. He was also the coordinator for the 2009 and 2010 Southern Section Adult Tournament that brought in over 10 million dollars into the City of Birmingham.
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.