Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards this week during the PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, was held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Roy Barth, of Charleston, South Carolina, was inducted to the PTR Hall of Fame during the Awards Banquet Monday evening. From his success as a decorated junior to playing on the pro tour to managing a prestigious tennis center to countless accolades and induction into several halls of fame, Roy Barth has a long and storied history with the game.
Barth started playing – and winning – as a junior in San Diego. He won three national junior doubles titles, was selected to the USA Junior Davis Cup team, and went on to play varsity tennis at UCLA. More than just play, Barth captained the team, reached the doubles finals at the NCAA Championships, and was a two-time All-American. He also was ranked Top 14 four times (as high as #8 in men’s singles and #2 in doubles in the United States.
After earning his degree, Barth’s natural path was to the play professionally. From 1969-75, Barth broke into the Top 50 in the world competing against some of the greatest names in the game: Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, Roy Emerson, Pancho Gonzales, Rod Laver, Stan Smith and many others. Barth was a founding member of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), while playing on Lamar Hunt’s World Championship of Tennis (WCT) tour from 1971-73. The ATP was established to represent the touring tennis professionals.
Barth progressed from playing for a living to putting that Economics degree to good use on the management side. In 1976, Barth moved to South Carolina to join the staff at Kiawah Island Golf Resort as Director of Tennis. Like everything else, Barth gave it his all. He built it from the ground up, and during his 41-year tenure, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort was ranked the #1 tennis resort in the world 12 times by Tennis Resorts Online and the #1 tennis resort in the US by Tennis magazine. In 2006, Kiawah aptly renamed its tennis operations to the Roy Barth Tennis Center.
While growing the award-winning tennis center, Barth also served the game as a consummate volunteer. He was President of USTA South Carolina and Chairman of the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation. He served on the USTA Southern Adult Competition, Nomination and Hall of Fame committees. On a national level he was on numerous committees over 29 years and was Chair of the USTA Davis Cup Committee for four years. He also sat on the PTR Board of Directors for nine years, including stints as Treasurer and as President. Barth was no figurehead; his service was always hands-on and impactful. Among other initiatives, Barth was the driving force behind the establishment of PTR’s Mentor Program.
His accolades are extensive. A PTR International Master Professional, Barth was named Professional of the Year by both PTR and USTA South Carolina. His club at Kiawah earned the PTR Private Facility of the Year award. He received the Jacobs Bowl, USTA Southern’s highest honor presented to a volunteer who has exhibited outstanding service to the Section. His family was named USTA National Family of Year.
When Barth was inducted into his San Diego alma mater, Hoover High School’s Hall of Fame, he had no idea it was just the beginning of his litany of inductions. He was inducted into the USTA South Carolina and Southern Tennis Halls and San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame. In 2019, Barth was inducted as a player into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. The 2020 induction into PTR Hall of Fame is Barth’s sixth. It speaks volumes to his dedication, commitment and love of the sport of tennis.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 131 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.