7th Annual Tennis Industry HALL OF FAME
Inductee: Peter Burwash
Peter Burwash, the founder and president of Peter Burwash International (PBI), the largest tennis management company in the world, will become the 10th inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame in a ceremony during the TIA Tennis Forum on Aug. 31 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
As the sole inductee for 2015, Burwash will join tennis legends Billie Jean King, Nick Bollettieri and Dennis Van der Meer, who received this honor in previous years. Plaques of Tennis Industry Hall of Fame inductees are displayed at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
Bringing tennis to the world is the legacy of Peter Burwash—as a player, coach, author, motivational speaker and founder of PBI, which has reached millions of players. Burwash grew up in Canada and competed on the ATP professional tennis tour from 1967 to 1974, winning 19 international singles and doubles titles. He is a former No. 1-ranked player for Canada and was a member of Canada’s Davis Cup team.
Burwash founded PBI in 1975, and the company now operates in 32 countries managing tennis programs for some of the world’s finest resorts and private clubs. Throughout his career as a leader in the tennis industry, he has stressed to tennis professionals the importance of customer service, commitment to excellence and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
A certified sports physiologist and nutritionist and a sought-after speaker for Fortune 500 companies, Burwash wrote the popular book “Tennis for Life,” which has sold over 1 million copies. In total, he’s written 11 books on topics that include service, leadership, health, fitness and personal development. In 1995, he received the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Educational Merit Award.
The Tennis Industry Hall of Fame was created in 2008 to recognize those individuals—inventors, founders, innovators and contributors—who have made a significant impact on the sport of tennis.
Plaques of Tennis Industry Hall of Fame inductees are on permanent display at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
'To recognize those individuals who made a significant impact to our sport'
Nominations open September 12th, 2015 and will close June 1, 2016.
All entries will be anonymously recorded for review by the TIA Nominating Committee.
- Impact / Time period: 1960s to present
- Individuals do not necessarily have to be TIA members or representatives from member companies
- Categories include: Inventors, Founders, Innovators and Contributors who are well-recognized within their field for their accomplishments
Inventors: Those who changed the game through product, design, etc.
Founders: Those who started noteworthy groups / organizations that made and continue to make a difference
Innovators: Those who marketed tennis with a noticeable difference in how it was perceived / growth attained
Contributors: Those who impacted and touched lives to make tennis a better sport
|Inducted 2008||Inducted 2008||Inducted 2009||Inducted 2010|
Van Der Meer
|Alan Schwartz||Billie Jean King|
|Inducted 2011||Inducted 2013||Inducted 2013||Inducted 2013|
|Nick Bollettieri||Howard Gill, Jr.||Walter Montenegro||Sheldon Westervelt|
|Inducted 2014||Inducted 2015|
|Jim Baugh||Peter Burwash|