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vorak Named PTR GA Member of the Year
Dave Dvorak, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been named PTR Member of the Year for the State. This award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR. The Director of Tennis at Dunwoody Country Club since 2006, Dvorak has been teaching tennis since 1981. He is a USPTA Master Professional and USRSA Master Racquet Technician. Prior to joining Dunwoody, Dvorak was Director of Tennis at the Atlanta Country Club for 14 years, and Head Pro at the Country Club of Roswell for four years. Dvorak served as President of both the Georgia Professional Tennis Association and USPTA Southern. He is Chairman of the USTA Southern Tennis Professionals Committee and President of USTA Atlanta, the largest Community Tennis Association in the country. Every Saturday in the spring and fall, Dvorak donates his time to the ALTA Foundation, serving as its Director of Instruction for the Wheelchair Tennis program. He has been working with wheelchair athletes for more than 30 years.
This is Dvorak's first PTR award, but he is not stranger to accolades. He has been honored by GPTA as Head Pro of the Year, Director of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and received the organization’s Community Service and Community Outreach Awards. He was inducted to the GPTA Hall of Fame. USPTA has honored Dvorak as its Georgia Pro of the Year, Southern Pro of the Year, Pride of the South Award, and induction to the Southern Division Hall of Fame. He was named USTA Georgia Pro of the Year, and was recognized by ALTA as Volunteer of the Year. Dvorak was also recipient of the 2002 American Heart Association ‘Tuffy’ Taylor Memorial Award for his Contribution to the Tennis Community.
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.
Georgia Professional Tennis Association Announces 2015 Board
Current President of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association (GPTA) Carmen Garcia-Jersild announced that Dave Dvorak, Director of Tennis at Dunwoody Country Club, will take over as the President of the GPTA for the 2015 calendar year. Dvorak is a long-time member of the GPTA and has served on the Board of Directors in the past, including stints as president in 1993, 2004 and 2005. Along with Dvorak, the 2015 Board of Directors slate includes Carmen Garcia-Jersild, Bill Osterhold, Les Hudson, Sue Hutchinson-Carson, Scott Gates, Eric Taylor, Allan Jensen and Eddie Gomez. The GPTA is an association founded in 1977 to provide education, networking, career development, on-court drills/instruction, community outreach and opportunities for its membership. Members are tennis teaching professionals certified by either the United States Professional Tennis Association or the Professional Tennis Registry. Throughout the year GPTA members have the opportunity to attend meetings and workshops with presentations from respected tennis industry leaders.In an interview with Net News, Dvorak said, "I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the GPTA in helping the Georgia teaching pros stay current in all aspects of this wonderful sport. The 2015 Board will work very hard to uphold the long tradition of high quality member services."
Long time Dunwoody tennis pro and GPTA member Ty Fuller recently retired from coaching after 50 years. He started back in 1963 in Massachusetts, where he grew up, and worked in the New England area at various clubs for about 10 years. In 1971, after a meeting with Bud Collins and Arthur Ashe, he did a stint for the U.S. State Department touring around West Africa setting up programs at various schools and universities.
In 1973 he came to Atlanta and was the Tennis Director/Club Manager at the Dunwoody Radisson Inn. He remained there for almost nine years before starting Dunwoody Tennis School on Spalding Drive, which ran for 30 years. During his coaching tenure in Atlanta many of his ALTA/USTA league teams won city titles. He also developed more than 50 youngsters into regional (as well as sectional) champions. Several of his students even followed him into the coaching profession.
Over the years he created many innovative instructional programs such as: Tennis to Music, Tennis for Tykes and a series on both Georgia Cable and CBS Atlanta. In addition, he donated his time developing programs for the physically disabled, prison inmates and for Atlanta's schools. In 2007 he was named Pro of the Year by the GPTA, which he helped start back in 1977. As a player, his USTA Senior League Team won city titles in 2010 and 2013, and the state championship in 2005. Good luck, Ty! Feb. 2, 2014
We have our next Lunch & Learn set for February 20th at Dunwoody Country Club. We hope to see all of our members there!