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Roy Barth Family wins National Family of the Year

January 25, 2007 03:15 PM

The USTA National Office has recognized a South Carolina family. The Roy Barth Family has won the Ralph W. Westcott USTA Family of the Year Award. This award will be presented to the Barth Family at the USTA Annual Meeting in March.
The USTA Southern Section recognized the Barth Family as USTA Southern Section Mickey McNulty Tennis Family of the Year at the USTA Southern Section Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, GA. The Barths have truly shown their dedication to the game at all levels and have become influential in the growth of tennis in Charleston, SC.
Roy Barth was introduced to the game of tennis as a young boy by his father and since then, the Barth family has built a tennis legacy in their family. The Barths have been a staple in South Carolina tennis for thirty years. One of the founding members of the ATP Tour, Roy Barth has directed tennis operations at Kiawah Island since the resort opened in 1976. The resort, which is ranked as the #2 tennis resort in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine, recently renamed the 12-court East Beach Tennis Center in his honor.
Roy has a phenomenal tennis background as a player, coach, and teacher. As a junior he was a top-ranked player nationally and went on to captain his college team at UCLA. There, he was a two time All-American and the Pacific Coast Doubles Champion in 1969. He was ranked eighth in the nation in men’s singles, second in men’s doubles, and broke into the Top 40 in the world as a professional player. His professional tennis resume includes five Wimbledon and nine US Open appearances. As a coach, he served the UCLA tennis team as Assistant Coach and led the United States Wightman Cup Team and the winning USA Italia Cup Team. In 1990, he was named USPTR Pro of the Year and USTA South Carolina Pro of the Year. A former President of USTA South Carolina, he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1997 and the USTA Southern Section Hall of Fame in 1999.
RoyPerhaps Roy learned the value of work ethic from his mother, Pat Barth, who at the age of 65 joined the San Diego Jr. College tennis team where she competed neck and neck with women more than half of her age. Today at age 86 she is still making waves on the tennis scene and picked up her first silver ball in 2002 in the National Senior Olympic Competition. Since then she has finished third in the National 80 & over Hardcourt Doubles Championships and picked up a second silver ball in doubles in 2005.
Roy’s wife, Colleen, has been an intricate part of administering the Kiawah Island Junior Clay Court Championship for the past decade. She works along with their son, Jonathan Barth, who is the Assistant Tournament Director. Jonathan has teamed with his father to compete in three Father/Son National Tournaments and the duo is currently ranked fifth in the nation. Jonathan and wife, Meredith Barth, have taken two National titles in the Husband/ Wife division winning the National Indoors in 2005 and 2006. Meredith, who was Southern Conference champion for four years while playing for Furman University, and Jonathan are currently ranked #2 in the nation in the Husband/Wife division.
A former Clemson standout, Sandon Barth, has been ranked as high as #35 in the Men’s Amateur Singles. In 2000, he received an ATP world doubles ranking and served as assistant coach to the College of Charleston men’s and women’s tennis team.
Roy and his family are just one of several South Carolina tennis players to be recognized on a Sectional and National stage for their performance. Bonnie Sue Duncan received the Eve Craft award for her volunteer work, and Will Guzick was the recipient of the DeWitt Redgrave Junior Achievement Award. We congratulate all of our award winners and we look forward to more to come in 2007.