Simmons receives PTR/TIA Commitment Award

February 20, 2016

Hilton Head Island, SC — Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards this week during the 2016 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, was held February 17-20, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

P.J. Simmons, of Brooklyn, New York, has been named the recipient of the PTR/TIA Commitment to the Industry Award.

Simmons is a self-professed ‘tennisaholic’ who didn’t start playing until age 40, despite being infatuated with the sport since age 15. In 2013, he founded The Tennis Congress in the hopes of building a supportive community of passionate players and professionals committed to achieving their personal best, helping others, and raising the bar for adult amateur tennis player development worldwide. After its second national event in 2014, The Tennis Congress received Tennis Industry magazine’s inaugural Champions of Tennis award for Innovative Tennis Event of the Year.

In 2015, Simmons founded the NetGains Foundation to help promote active, healthy adult lifestyles through tennis and to leverage the passion and talents of tennis players and industry leaders in support of positive social and environmental impacts.

Simmons is also an iTPA Certified Tennis Performance Specialist (CTPS), ISSA certified personal trainer (CPT), and an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. He chronicles his own experiences trying to become a better player on the blog, The Road to 4.5 Tennis.