Hilton Head Island, SC — Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards last night during the PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, was held February 11-15, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Jorge Capestany, of Holland, Michigan, has been named PTR Professional of the Year. A PTR International Master Professional, Capestany is one of only a handful of coaches who are both PTR and USPTA Master Professionals. He is also a certified Mental Toughness Specialist through Human Performance Institute.
Capestany is the first Director of the Hope College Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program, and is responsible for the creation of the curriculum and teaching the tennis related classes. PTM programs allow college students to study tennis and get a regular college degree. At Hope College, the major is exercise science and PTM students will graduate as certified teaching professionals prepared for a job in the tennis industry.
As a personal tennis coach in Michigan, Capestany has developed more than 180 high school State Tennis Champions. In addition, Capestany is an author and entrepreneur with several web based ventures, including TennisDrills.tv that has thousands of coach subscribers in 65 counties, and JorgeCapestany.com featuring video lessons for players of all levels.
Capestany is a sought after speaker who presents at the most prestigious national and international tennis conferences. His service to the industry is equally impressive. Capestany has served as Chair of the PTR Education Committee, Chair of USTA National 10 & Under Committee, President of USTA West Michigan District, and USPTA Midwest Division President. Capestany was also one of the original Cardio Tennis team, delivering workshops and training coaches in Cardio Tennis. He continues to serve as a USTA Faculty member, is on the Wilson Premiere Speakers Team, and serves as a consultant to many tennis clubs. A USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame inductee, in 2015, Capestany was named organization’s Professional of the Year and was awarded the TIA/PTR Commitment to the Industry Award.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,500 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 serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.