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Michele Byrne Named PTR New Jersey Member of the Year



                                      20 February 2015

                For Immediate Release


Michele Byrne Named PTR New Jersey Member of the Year


Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards yesterday during the 2015 PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, a trade show and tournament, is being held February 19-22 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Michele Byrne, of Bloomfield, New Jersey, 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.

Byrne is a PTR Certified Professional in two education pathways:  10 & Under and Adult Development.  A tennis pro for 30-plus years, currently Byrne is the Orange Ball Program Director at Centercourt Athletic Club.  Centercourt serves 900 juniors, with more than 200 in her 10 and Under Orange Ball Program. 

In addition to Centercourt, which was named 2014 USTA Organization Member of the Year, Byrne has directed programs at Brookdale Park and Branch Brook Park in Essex County, Franklin Lakes Racquet Club, Maywood Tennis Club, Clifton Racquet Club and Montclair Kimberly Academy.                             

Byrne started her career as an instructor at the Althea Gibson Tennis Center when she was still in high school.  She found her passion at a young age.  Her greatest passion is increasing participation and bringing play opportunities to 10 & Under players. 

Byrne serves on the USTA Local Play and Competition National Committee.  She also on the USTA Eastern Nominating Committee, and Eastern’s 10 & Under Council.   She is the Chair for the USTA Eastern Junior Team Tennis Committee, a New Jersey Regional Board member, and is a member of the NJ Regional Junior Team Tennis Committee.  In 2013, Byrne was named USTA Eastern Junior Team Tennis Coordinator of the Year.

Byrne earned a BS in Management and Marketing from Rutgers University Newark, and played #1 singles for the university.

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.


Photo from left:  Outgoing PTR President Jorge Andrew,

Michele Byrne,

USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Katrina Adams