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6th Annual Tennis Industry HALL OF FAME

Inductee: Jim Baugh

Long-time tennis industry veteran and industry pioneer, Jim Baugh, will become the ninth inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Sunday, August 24, 2014, during the TIA Tennis Forum and Tennis Show.

A resident of Jupiter, Fla., Baugh’s career in tennis began nearly four decades ago when he became an area sales representative for Converse. Since then, he has progressed to be one of the most recognized leaders in the industry.

Throughout his illustrious career, Baugh has taken pride in a commitment to growing the game. When tennis saw participation numbers dwindle in the late 1990s, Baugh - then head of the TIA - launched several new programs to recruit players to tennis. In just over a decade, the sport grew participation by 36 percent.

As President of Wilson Sporting Goods, Baugh helped increase the company’s market share from 14 to 52 percent. He was inducted into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame in 2011.

“I’ve always been careful to focus on the bigger picture; working to improve not only my company’s business, but also the tennis and sports industries as a whole,” says Baugh. “This meant being an advocate for staying active by creating new and innovative programs to get people hooked on the game.”

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, 2014 and will close June 1, 2015.

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
Howard Head Dennis Van Der Meer Alan Schwartz Billie Jean King
Howard Head Dennis
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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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