Groppel receives PTR/TIA award

February 18, 2017

Hilton Head Island, SC — Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards this week during the 2017 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, is underway through February 18, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Dr. Jack Groppel, of Algonquin, Illinois, has been named the recipient of the PTR/TIA Commitment to the Industry Award.


Groppel is an internationally recognized authority in the science of human performance, and serves as the Health & Wellness Advisor for the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). As the TIA spokesperson, Groppel works with industry partners, including the USTA, IHRSA and others, on strategies to best convey the benefits of tennis on health and fitness.

The co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, Groppel has a long history in tennis, including 16 years as chair of the USTA National Sport Science Committee. He is also the co-chair of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Health, Performance & Productivity Study Committee.

In addition, Groppel is the co-chair of the Global Alliance for Health & Performance and is professor of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois.

Groppel wrote the book The Corporate Athlete on achieving the pinnacle of corporate performance, and he has been featured in the New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Shape, Fast Company, Huffington Post and other publications.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 15,600 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.