News Release
17 February 2018
For Immediate Release

Italians Sweep Top PTR Honors
Luciano Botti to Hall of Fame
Luigi Bertino Professional of the Year

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 February 13-18, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Luciano Botti, of Merano, has been inducted to the PTR Hall of Fame; and
Luigi Bertino, of Alpignano, was named PTR Professional of the Year.

Luciano Botti
Botti is the seventh PTR Hall of Fame inductee joining Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Dr. Jim Loehr, Jim Verdieck, Dr. Ludovit Cap and Dennis Van der Meer.

Botti joined PTR in 1981.  Seven years later, he was named the organization’s European Professional of the Year, and in 1996, was PTR Professional of the Year in 1996, PTR National Director of the Year in 1999.  He is a PTR International Master Professional, and was member of the PTR Board of Directors for 20 years, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of PTR Foundation. 

Botti is the PTR Europe Provider, ensuring the continued growth and success of the organization in Europe by forming alliances with national federations, particularly Italy, Germany and Austria. 

Botti was especially instrumental in facilitating the partnership between PTR and FIT (Federazione Italiana Tennis).  Since 2011, FIT has recognized PTR as the Official Partner for continuing education and professional services for Italian coaches. 

In addition, Botti is President of Tennis Services, a company that specializes in managing tennis facilities and events.  Fluent in five languages, Botti has been a contributing editor of Tennis Italiano, Tennis  and other magazines.  What makes Bottti’s story interesting is how he came to PTR. 

Luigi Bertino
A PTR member for three decades, Bertino is an International Clinician and Tester, responsible for PTR 10 & Under, Performance, 11 to 17, Biomechanics Courses and the PTR Annual Forum.  Since 1992, he has been Director of the World Class Training Program at the Van der Meer Tennis University in Marlengo, Italy. 

He is also Director of Tennis at Circolo Stampa Sporting in Turin, considered one Italy’s Top 5 tennis facilities and PTR’s Private Facility of the Year in 2016.  Bertino is also Workshop Leader for the Italian Federation Tennis. 

As a coach, Bertino has worked with many pro players, such as Ivan Ljubicic, Omar Camporese, Cristiano Caratti, Renzo Furlan cooperating with coach Riccardo Piatti and the video analyst Danilo Pizzorno. 

Bertino has been integral part of the development of PTR in Italy for the last 30 years.  His professional partnership with Luciano Botti ensured great promotional and educational programs and services for all Italian tennis coaches.  His role in the partnership between PTR and Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) was decisive and crucial. 

Bertino is also member of the ‘Istituto Superiore di Formazione’ for the FIT and a clinician at many educational courses and programs.  He has been part in the Organizing Committee for all three PTR/FIT International Tennis Symposia.  Bertino’s main focus is junior player development programs and research in teaching methods for 10 and Under tennis.  He has written many articles for Tennis Italiano Magazine and is a sought after speaker.  He has written many articles for Tennis Italiano, as well as books, such as Munchkin Tennis, MiniTennis Manual Vol.1-2-3, and has been a speaker at numerous international tennis conferences.                            

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:  Dan Santorum • PO Box 4739, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 USA
843-785-7244 • fax 843-686-2033 • dan@ptrtennis.org • www.ptrtennis.org