Charleston's Roy Barth receives highest honor from USTA Southern

January 26, 2016 01:08 PM

ATLANTA – Roy Barth, of Charleston, South Carolina, was presented the USTA Southern’s 2015 Jacobs Bowl at its annual meeting this month. The highest award presented by the USTA Southern, the Jacobs Bowl honors a volunteer who has exhibited outstanding service to USTA Southern.

Barth has been the Director of Tennis at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 1976, and teaches at the tennis facility that bears his name. He is presently the president of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). He has been certified as a Master PTR professional since 2007.

Roy Barth, left, receives the Jacobs Bowl from USTA Southern Nominating Committee Chairman Randy Stephens. (Trey Love/All-American Imaging)

Barth has an outstanding background as a player, coach and teaching professional. He was a two-time All-American at UCLA where he was a doubles finalist in the NCAA championships. He also was ranked in the top 14 in four years, reaching as high as No. 8 in singles and No. 2 in doubles in the United States. He also reached the top 50 in the world during his pro career from 1969-1976.

With his son, Jonathan, who is also a pro at the resort, they won the 60 & over USTA National Father/Son Clay Court Championships in 2008.

A native of San Diego, Roy was been inducted into the San Diego Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998. His family was honored with the 2007 USTA Family of the Year. He is the author of “Tips for Better Tennis” in book and DVD along with articles in Tennis magazine.

A former USTA South Carolina president and chairman of the USTA Davis Cup Committee, Barth is currently a member of the USTA Southern Adult Competition and the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame committees. He has also served in numerous other USTA Southern committees over his long-time volunteer career.