Who We Are

PPTR was founded in 2020 to educate, certify, and serve those professionals teaching the growing sport of platform tennis.  PPTR combined the resources and educational expertise of our sister companies, Professional Tennis Registry and Professional Pickleball Registry to develop the highest standard of platform tennis educational materials.  Our members are at the heart of everything we do and we look forward to serving you throughout your career!

PPTR is the official education and certification partner of the APTA, the governing body of the sport here in the United States.  We are thrilled to partner with the APTA to continue to grow the game across the country by supporting our enthusiastic community of platform tennis instructors throughout their careers.

Official Education & Certification Partner of the APTA

Our Certification & Education

We are your go-to place for all things platform tennis education.  We have lots of exciting projects coming up this year – stay tuned for fresh courses on all levels and aspects of teaching platform tennis!

Talking to our members is one of the best parts of what we do every day.  Never hesitate to give our office a call at 843.785.7787 or email our Member Services Manager, Karolina Lagerquist, at karolina@pptrplatformtennis.org if there is anything we can help with!

Contact Us

Caitlyn Fries

Marketing Manager

She is responsible for the consistent look and theme of all PTR graphics and messaging in order to grow the PTR marketing and social media footprint. Caitlyn graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design.

Helma Cap

Membership Director

Helma has worn many hats over the years, including, Clinician, Tester and Merchandise Director. Still responsible for merchandise, accounts receivable, and assisting with workshop coordination, as Director of Membership, her duties expanded to include membership growth and retention. Helma graduated cum laude with a degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Iñaki Balzola

International Director

Born in Milan, Italy, Iñaki is able to converse with our members in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Iñaki is also the Coordinator of ACE, PTR’s multicultural participation program, represents PTR on various USTA and ITF Committees, is on the Cardio Tennis Speaker Staff and is a USTA High Performance Coach. He is one of only two clinicians authorized to conduct international Etcheberry Strength & Conditioning Certification.

Julie Jilly


With a passion for wheelchair tennis and Special Olympics, Julie annually serves as Tournament Director for both the PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championships and the Special Olympics Tennis Championships. In 2006, PTR received a National Award for Adaptive Tennis. In 2005, Julie received the USTA Community Service Award for the Southern Section and the Special Olympics South Carolina’s Super Hero Award. In 2004, she was recognized by RSI Magazine as the Wheelchair Tennis Champion of the Year.

Nicole Hobson

Member Services Director

In addition, he developed new courses and opportunities, including PTR’s Education Dashboard that provides hundreds of hours of free online video presentations, and was a key player in the evolution of the PTR Coach App. Working with Sarah Ansboury, Brian was also instrumental in the organization’s new PPR pickleball certification curriculum, workshop preparation materials and clinician training. Brian started at PTR as Director of Development where he oversaw the delivery of PTR education and managed scores of clinicians across the United States. Before leading the clinicians, he was one himself.
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