Michael L. Mercier has been named Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Member of the Year for the State. The award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.
As the head tennis professional at Harvard, Mercier teaches a large and varied population of tennis players: undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and local residents. Mercier’s aim at Harvard is to foster a welcoming environment that encourages people of all abilities, and from an almost limitless variety of backgrounds, to enjoy the sport of competitive tennis. He achieves this by providing tennis lessons and high-performance clinics; organizing Harvard alumni events; offering professional racquet stringing to the Harvard community and to both men’s and women’s varsity teams; running recreational clinics and events for adults and juniors; advising the Harvard men’s and women’s club teams (USTA New England Champions); and serving as tennis director for the annual Special Olympics hosted at Harvard.