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Vellek Named SD PTR Member of the Year

Mark Vellek Named

PTR South Dakota Member of the Year

Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards during the 2017 PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, will be held February 15-18 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Mark Vellek, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 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 PTRA member since 2009, Vellek is a certified PTR Professional.

Vellek joined the Huether Family Match Pointe team in February 2016, as the club's Director of Junior Development after serving as the Head Pro at GreatLIFE Woodlake and Sioux Empire Fitness for seven years.

As a coach, Vellek has worked with numerous state champions in South Dakota and has developed many of the USTA Northern Section top juniors.  He is currently a USTA Northern National Team Coach and is a member of the USTA Northern Talent ID and Development Committee, serving as a Team USA and Early Development coach for the section.  In 2011, Vellek was the recipient of the Ward C. Barton Junior Development Award for excellence in junior development.

A native of Sioux Falls, Vellek played number one singles and doubles at Washington High School for four years, helping lead the Warriors to back-to-back state championships in 2000 and 2001.  He was a Top 5 ranked junior in the USTA Northern Section and Top 200 nationally.  He played four years at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, where he was a member of teams that made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II National Championships.  He was also an ITA East Region Doubles Champion and an All-Conference performer. 

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 15,600 members in 127 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.