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.
Taylor Wingate, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has been named PTR Wheelchair Professional of the Year. Wingate joins famed pros including, David Hall, Randy Snow, Rich Berman, Geoff Norton, Dan James, Paul Walker and others, who have received this honor.
Wingate had never played tennis before a car accident in 2006. He first started playing tennis in 2014. That same year, he was the Men’s C Singles Champion in the Fall Southern PTR Championships, an event he has played ever since. By 2018, he was the Men’s A Singles finalist.
In 2015, Wingate won gold balls as the Men’s B Singles and Doubles Champion at the US Open. In 2018, he took home the bronze ball in Men’s A Singles and was the Doubles finalist. Last year, he captured the silver ball as the Men’s A Singles finalist, facing down the singles champion player who won the division nine consecutive times, and he did it (3-6, 6-1, 5-7) in the semi-finals.
In just five years, Wingate went from playing C divisions to competing in the Open division at several ITF level events. He is currently nationally ranked the #1 USTA Men’s A player.
In December of 2016, Wingate was certified in PTR Adult Development by Jorge Andrew in Cayce, SC. Wingate has been the wheelchair tennis instructor for Adaptive Sports Adventures Programs (ASAP) for the last two years. Through his efforts, the program has grown and currently serves 25 players. Occasionally he helps with the Carolina Rollin’ Rackets at the Rock Hill Tennis Center. Both programs have weekly clinics year ‘round!
Wingate serves on the South Carolina Board of Directors as North Area Director and is the Chairman of the SC Wheelchair Committee. He also serves on the USTA Southern Wheelchair Committee.
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