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 11-15, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Michael-Ray Pallares, of Tampa, Florida, has been named PTR Humanitarian of the Year. Pallares received $3,000 from PTR Foundation to continue his good works through his One Love Tennis Inc.
Pallares represented the Dominican Republic as a four-time Davis Cup player and at the Central American and Caribbean Games. As a junior, he was a two-time USTA National Champion and played for the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, and was ranked Top 10 in NCAA Division 1 Men's Tennis. He graduated with a BA with a double major in International Marketing and Spanish.
Pallares competed on the ITF Men's Circuit and ATP Challenger Tour for 10 years. While playing European League Club Tennis for teams in Italy, Germany, Austria and France, he compiled a 57-13 record. Pallares has served as Professional Tour Coach and/or hitting partner for several Top 10 ATP & WTA players, and served as Director of Tennis for the Panamanian Tennis Federation.
He is currently working for the ITF as an Expert Coach undertaking the Development of National Sport Systems project, creating an action plan to strengthen the tennis programs of national federations approved by the National Olympic Committee, International Olympic Committee and Olympic Solidarity. He has completed such projects for the Turkmenistan Tennis Federation and the Guam National Tennis Federation.
In 2011, Pallares founded One Love Tennis Inc., a non-profit designed to reach underprivileged and low income youth through affordable tennis, education and fitness. He has traveled the world, organizing Play-Day events designed to introduce kids to tennis, providing them with the opportunity to continue to develop as people and enhance their skills. He has donated clothing, shoes, racquets, nets, balls and is currently working on projects to build tennis courts for the children.
In addition to traveling within the USA, Pallares has visited less fortunate children and shared the joy of tennis in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Romania, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Haiti, Myanmar, Malta, UAE, Guam and the Philippines.
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.