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Wheelchair Pro Takes Home Honors

September 30, 2004 10:00 AM

Several awards were presented during the PTR/ROHO $15,000 Wheelchair Tennis Championships, held September 22-26 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The presentations were made during the annual ROHO Awards Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Resort on Hilton Head Island on Friday, September 24th.

With David Hartsek from left: Scott Crosswhite, Julie Jilly, Dennis Van der Meer

John Johnston, of Gainesville, Florida, received PTR's Wheelchair Pro of the Year Award. Johnston, a PTR member since 1989, devotes much of his time to support tennis, both able bodied and wheelchair. Johnston is the tennis coach at Buchholz High School and plays on several able bodied USTA Leagues. This year, he will be the first wheelchair player ever to compete in the USTA Nationals. Johnston, along with his partner. Lee Hinson, won the Masters Open Doubles division of the 2004 PTR/ROHO Championships.

PTR's Golden Eagle Award for service to the game was presented to Michael Paul, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Paul is the President of Middle Tennessee State University's Wheelchair Club which promotes wheelchair sports of all kinds. As a special recognition, Sports Tutor gave Paul a remote control ball throwing machine to help continue with his tennis programs. In addition, Paul won the Men's C Singles division of the 2004 PTR/ROHO Championships.

Each year, the tournament players and the umpires vote on which player receives the Sportsmanship Award. This award is presented to the player who demonstrates the highest level of sportsmanship during the tournament. This year's recipient was David Hartsek, of Lexington, Kentucky.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 11.000 members in 124 countries It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow.




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