Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards last week during the PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, was held February 11-15, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Karl Hale, of Toronto, Canada, has been named a PTR International Master Professional. He is the first Canadian, and one of only 53 tennis professionals ever selected to receive this honor, joining Arthur Ashe, Dr. Jack Groppel, Billie Jean King, Dr. Jim Loehr and Dennis Van der Meer.
With an accomplished history in tennis and philanthropy, Hale has played and coached internationally and defines the term ‘giving back’. Perhaps best known as the tournament director for the Rogers Cup (since 2006), he also developed Donalda Club into Canada’s leading tennis facility and one of the top junior programs in the country. He coached the Canadian Fed Cup team, and coached and played Davis Cup, holding the record for matches won for his native Jamaica. Hale coached Monica Seles in 1995, as well as four national junior and wheelchair tennis champions.
As a player, he was a 10-time National Champion, played #1 Singles and Doubles for University of New Mexico, was Canadian #1 in 35s, 40s and 45s, anf reached ITF over 40 World #1. Beyond the court, Karl grows the game as he gives back to the community.
Since 2008, he has conducted tennis clinics in Toronto’s low income neighborhoods, and brought some of the biggest names in tennis, including Serena Williams, Jim Courier, Marion Bartoli and others, to conduct clinics for children in the Caribbean. He founded and raised more than $1.5 million for Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation that has built 19 schools and provided tennis equipment and scholarships for children in Kingston, Jamaica. Hale received PTR’s Humanitarian Award for his work with Helping Hands Jamaica. He also raised more then $1 million with the Daniel Nestor Celebrity Charity Event, that he also founded, dividing the proceeds evenly between a local hospital and Tennis Canada’s Go for Gold program that supports Canadian players.
Hale earned the Tennis Canada Distinguished Service Award. The Ontario Tennis Association presented him with its Coaching Achievement Award, Outstanding Contribution Coach and Development Award, and Outstanding Contribution to Junior Development Award. Hale, who serves on the PTR Board of Directors, has also been named PTR Professional of the Year.
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.