PTR elects new president & directors

March 10, 2015

Hilton Head Island, SC — Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is pleased to announce the election of Roy Barth, of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, who will serve as President of the Board of Directors. Also elected to serve as Vice President is Karl Hale, of Toronto, Canada. Ajay Pant of College Park, Maryland, will serve as PTR Secretary, and Oivind Sorvald, of Oslo, Norway, will serve as Treasurer.

New President, Roy Barth has an outstanding background as a tennis player, teacher, professional and administrator. He earned a BA in Economics from UCLA. As an All-American, he reached the doubles finals of the NCAA Championship. Barth was ranked in the United States as high as #8 in Men’s Singles and #2 in Men’s Doubles, as well as being ranked in the Top 50 in the world on the International Pro Tour. Barth was a founding member of the ATP Tour. In 1976, he was named Director of Tennis at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, where he manages two tennis centers with 24 courts. Barth was President of the USTA South Carolina and Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation. He also served as Chairman of the USTA Davis Cup Committee and is a member of the San Diego, South Carolina and Southern Tennis Halls of Fame. He received PTR Professional of the Year in 1990, and in 2007, was named a PTR International Master Professional and received the USTA Family of the Year Award.

Vice President, Karl Hale, is the Tournament Director for the ATP and WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto, the largest one week tournament in the world. Hale is also the Head Tennis Professional at Donalda Club in Toronto.

PTR Secretary, Ajay Pant is the General Manager for the Tennis Center at College Park, Maryland.

Newly elected PTR Treasurer, Oivind Sorvald, is the Director of High Performance and Coach Education for the Norwegian Tennis Association.

Continuing to serve on the Board as Directors at Large are: Leo Alonso, of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Luciano Botti of Merano, Italy; Rodney Harmon, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Pat Van der Meer, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Jorge Andrew, of Cayce, South Carolina, remains on the board as Immediate Past President.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 15,000 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 servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.