News Release
14 February 2018
For Immediate Release

Ben Hestley Named PTR Clinician of the Year


Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards last night during the 2018 PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, is underway through February 18, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Ben Hestley, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been named PTR Clinician of the Year.   A PTR member since 2004, Hestley is a Clinician in the 10 & Under, 11 to 17 and Adult Development education pathways.  He is also certified as a PTR Master of Tennis - Performance.  A PTR member since 2004, Hestley is a Clinician in 10 & Under, 11 to 17 and Adult Development education pathways.  He is also certified as a PTR Master of Tennis - Performance.  In 2017, Hestley conducted seven workshops, certifying 50 coaches.  

For the past decade, Hestley has served as the Director of Tennis at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.  In that time, the club has won several state and local team championships for both juniors and adults, including six Atlanta City Championships in 2017.  Three times during Hestley’s tenure, the club has been recognized as GPTA’s “Georgia Peach” for most outstanding facility and programs, and just recently was named Member Organization of the Year by USTA Georgia. 

Hestley is a Net Generation Coaches Ambassador and Trainer, is currently the Chairman for the USTA Georgia Junior Team Tennis Committee and has served on USTA Georgia’s Junior Competition and Tennis Professional Committees.  Since 2015, he has been a Board member for the Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation, an organization focused on programs for underserved children. 

Hestley played collegiate tennis at Central Alabama Community College for two years then went on to play at the University of North Alabama where he graduated with a Sociology degree in 2004.  While baseball was the main focus much of his junior career, Hestley did compete on the 1998 Alabama Junior Olympic Tennis Team. 

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 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