(February 22, 2014) The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards on Friday during the 2014 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes 40-plus on court and classroom presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, a trade show and tournament, is being held February 20-23 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Elizabeth Kobak, of Old Westbury, New York, has been named PTR Female Player of the Year. Her mother suggested she join PTR and get certified and she did. Kobak is a Professional in 10 & Under, and enjoys working with kids. She holds a BA from Columbia and a Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern.
In 2013, she won the National Women’s Open Singles Grass Court Championship, and made it to the Open Doubles Finals with Matt Seeberger. Kobak was a semi-finalist at the USTA National Mixed Open Doubles Indoor Championships with Ilia Shatahvili. The No. 1 seed made the Round of 16 at the National Women’s Open Singles Indoor. She qualified for the ITF $10K event in Heraklion, Greece, and was a finalist in Singles at the New York Open. As a junior, Kobak reached the Orange Bowl, the German Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. She won the ITF Prince Cup, the ITF Yucatan Doubles Championship and the USTA Girls 16s Super National Hard Court in Singles. She ranked as high as 100 ITF and reached 570 in WTA.
“There’s no greater feeling than sharing your gift with others,” Kobak told PTR. “When I teach tennis, I feel lucky!”