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6th Annual Tennis Industry HALL OF FAME

Inductees: Howard R. Gill Jr., Walter Montenegro, and Sheldon Westervelt

Three industry leaders were honored with induction into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame in 2013. Howard R. Gill Jr., Walter Montenegro, and Sheldon Westervelt joined previous inductees Howard Head (2008), Dennis Van der Meer (2008), Alan Schwartz (2009), Billie Jean King (2010) and Nick Bollettieri (2011).

Howard Head Alan Schwartz Billie Jean King
Howard Gill, Jr. Walter Montenegro Sheldon Westervelt
 

Gill, who passed away in 1996, was the former publisher of Tennis Magazine and was named an honorary lifetime TIA member in 1988. Tennis and racquet sports industry innovator Montenegro was 100 years old when he died in 2009, and was named an honorary lifetime member in 1983.

Professional engineer Sheldon Westervelt still consults on sports facility projects and has overseen the design and construction of nearly 7,000 tennis projects around the world. A life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Westervelt was a founder of the U.S. Tennis Court & Track Builders Association in 1964, which later became the American Sports Builders Association.

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, 2013 and will close June 1, 2014.

All entries will be anonymously recorded for review by the TIA Nominating Committee.

Criteria:
  • 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
Howard Head Dennis Van Der Meer Alan Schwartz Billie Jean King
Howard Head Dennis
Van Der Meer
Alan Schwartz Billie Jean King
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Inducted 2011 Inducted 2013 Inducted 2013 Inducted 2013
Howard Head Howard Head Alan Schwartz Billie Jean King
Nick Bollettieri Howard Gill, Jr. Walter Montenegro Sheldon Westervelt
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