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8th Annual Tennis Industry HALL OF FAME

Inductees: Eve Kraft & Eugene Scott

Community tennis pioneer Eve Kraft and tennis journalist and player Eugene Scott are the 2016 inductees into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. Both will be inducted posthumously at a ceremony in New York, during the TIA Tennis Forum on Aug. 29. 

Kraft was a visionary when it came to bringing tennis into local communities. In 2001 the USTA renamed its annual Community Service Award in honor of Kraft, who died in 1999. The Eve Kraft Community Service Award is the highest award given for community tennis and recognizes volunteer tennis leaders for significant contributions made to tennis development in their communities. 

Scott was the founder, publisher and editor of Tennis Week magazine, where his column, “Vantage Point,” was considered a must-read, and he ranked as high as No. 4 in the U.S. as an amateur tennis player in 1963. Scott, who died in 2006, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008 in the “contributor” category. Each year, the International Tennis Hall of Fame gives the Eugene Scott Award to honor an individual “who embodies Scott’s commitment to communicating honestly and critically about the game, and who has had a significant impact on the tennis world.” 

Kraft and Scott become the 11th and 12th inductees into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. “We are excited to have Eve Kraft and Gene Scott as our 2016 inductees into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame,” said TIA President Jeff Williams, the chair of the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame Committee. “Their contributions to tennis continue to help this sport and industry to grow, and continue to impact peoples’ lives for the better.” 

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.

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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  Inducted 2014 Inducted 2015  
  Howard Head Alan Schwartz  
  Jim Baugh Peter Burwash  
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