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2011 Southern Tennis Hall Of Fame Inductees

November 22, 2010 11:18 AM
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Members of the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, by excellence of their activities in and connection with Southern Tennis, have brought substantial recognition and esteem to themselves and to the USTA Southern Section. Inductees are annually enshrined into the Hall of Fame in January during the USTA Southern Section Annual Meeting.

In 2011, Kentucky's Henry Baughman, Louisiana's Ron Holmberg and Tennessee's and Georgia's Candy Reynolds will be inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Henry Baughman
 
Henry Baughman
Henry Baughman: Dedicated Top Adult Player
Helped Start the EMT Program in Kentucky
Henry Baughman has given back much to the game of tennis, in addition to his unending and varied accomplishments on the tennis courts.
 
He served three times as president of the Bowling Green Tennis Association and also as vice president of USTA Kentucky.
 
Baughman has won 18 National Public Parks Championships, more than any other player. He has been ranked in the top five in his age division in USTA Southern for 25 consecutive years through 2007 and No. 1 15 times. He has been No. 1 in his home state 60 times. In 2007 he was ranked No. 4 in the 70s singles in the nation.
 
His extensive list of tennis accomplishments is unique; he competed at the national level, organized tournaments, volunteered, coached, umpired and donated funds to build facilities.
 
Baughman grew up in Stanford, Ky. where there were no courts. In 1952, when he was in the tenth grade, his father built an asphalt court on their family farm. Baughman and his brother would play often and invited others to play and learn.
 
He became a certified referee in the 1960s, serving as an unpaid linesman for the National Juniors 18s tournament and was a line umpire for the world’s best players at the Louisville International Tennis Classic from 1970-80.
Baughman played collegiate tennis at the University of Kentucky and Murray State University. His coaching career included a one-year stint as assistant tennis coach of MSU, followed by two years as a volunteer assistant tennis coach at Western Illinois University in the late 1960s.
 
Baughman moved to Bowling Green in 1970, where he directed all USTA sanctioned events for 20 years. He has directed the annual Bowling Green Kiwanis Club Jr. Tennis Championships and helped build an eight-court facility called Tennistown. Among his many donations, he made the lead gift to build the six lighted courts at the Henry Baughman Tennis Complex at Lindsey Wilson College, in Columbia, Ky.
 
For many years he taught health, safety and emergency care at Western Kentucky and numerous other universities.
 
Baughman has received many other honors including induction into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996, Umpire of the Year in Kentucky in 1979 and called "Mr. Tennis" when he was presented with the Western Kentucky University’s Public Service Award in 1981. In 1993 he was named one of the 50 Lincoln County KY Stars during Kentucky’s first 200 years. Governor Paul E. Patton appointed Baughman to the Kentucky Commission on Sports, Physical Activity & Wellness in 2005. Other accomplishments include doing radio and television commentary and providing tennis lessons at the Russellville Country Club.
 
Besides serving as an EMT at countless tournaments, Baughman helped start the EMT program in Kentucky.
A five-time recipient of the Kentucky Player of the Year Award, he also received the USTA Southern Slew Hester Adult Achievement Award in 2007, considered the adult player of the year award.
 
Baughman won five Gold Medals and a Silver Medal in the National Senior Olympics. He has won 19 Category II National and a Super Category 2 National Championships, along with 71 Southern "Big Four" titles. Baughman was a member of seven all-star teams at the Southern Inter-Sectional Championships, all of which won the national championship.
 
He resides in Smithfield, Ky.

 

Ron Holmberg
 
Ron Holmberg
Ron Holmberg
Former ATP Doubles Champion and West Point Head Coach
In the late 1950s and ‘60s World Tennis magazine frequently paid tribute to Ron Holmberg’s tennis ability: "Holmberg can do more with a tennis ball than any other player of his era. There is no shot that is beyond his aptitude . . . His touch, power and stroke making are beautiful to watch."
 
Indeed, the USTA Official Encyclopedia of Tennis sites Holmberg as one of "the leading tennis players of his day." He ranked among the top 10 in U.S. Men’s singles nine times during the ’50s and ’60s, was a semifinalist at the U.S. National Championships (presently the US Open), a quarterfinalist at the French, and won the singles and doubles crowns at the Canadian Open in Toronto, among other titles. He played in the US Open from 1953 to 1972.
 
His record was impressive, but more importantly, Holmberg was a spectator’s delight. Steve Flink, a past editor of World Tennis said, "Ron was his own kind of player, a consummate stylist, which made him stand out. He reminded me of Ken Rosewall in that he was so effortless. He could hit winners from everywhere." In fact, Flink remembers watching him play Rosewall in the Wimbledon warm-up at the Queen’s Club, London, in the late ’60s. Holmberg was down a set and 2-0, but after a rain delay, he found his timing and completely took over the match. "He was brilliant!" said Flink.
 
Holmberg learned the game in his native Brooklyn at Fort Greene Park and progressed through the N.Y.C. Parks system. Tennis was merely another game to complement baseball and basketball, but his potential carried him beyond his roots into the national arena when he was 14. He met teaching pro John Nogrady, who was a tremendous help, especially with match-play strategy. During these formative years Holmberg felt very lucky to have also worked closely with some of the all time greats: Pancho Segura, Pancho Gonzalez, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer and Emmett Paré, all top playing professionals who took Holmberg under their wing and remained good friends throughout his career to the present. In 1953, at age 15, Holmberg won three out of the four U.S. National Boys’ titles and played in his first U.S. National Men’s Championships at Forest Hills, becoming one of the youngest players ever to play in the event. He won his first match in five sets.
 
Attaining a top junior ranking in the country, Holmberg was highly recruited and wound up taking his powerful serve-and-volley game to New Orleans, Louisiana and Paré at Tulane. Winner of Junior Wimbledon in 1956, Holmberg was named All-American three successive years and twice won the NCAA Doubles Championship, prior to graduation from Tulane University. While at Tulane, he was the SEC Singles Champion in 1958 and 1959 and the SEC Doubles Champion in 1957-59 with Crawford Henry and Lester Sack. In 1956 Holmberg began a string of appearances at the Men’s Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic in New Orleans that lasted nearly two decades. During that time he won a remarkable twelve singles and doubles titles.
 
A former playing member of the US Davis Cup team, Holmberg was ranked No. 7 in the world in 1960 and in the top 10  in U.S. men’s singles for nine years. Holmberg also won numerous international doubles titles with many prominent partners such as Barry MacKay (in Davis Cup), Pancho Gonzalez, John Newcombe, Tony Roche, Bob Mark, and Arthur Ashe. (Holmberg and Ashe were ranked No. 3 in the U.S.). Holmberg spent 19 years on the international circuit and in 1971 retired from professional competition to become head coach of tennis and squash at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point and served as president of the Eastern Collegiate Tennis Coaches Association.
 
Today Holmberg has an international reputation as one on the game’s outstanding coaches. The Ron Holmberg Tennis Camps, owned and operated by Holmberg, were among the premiere tennis camps in the United States from 1971 to 1990. Presently, the Ron Holmberg Tennis Programs are widely acclaimed for excellence and Ron is always exploring new avenues of teaching, including "Ron Guarantees Improvement."
 
"Teaching is terrific, as is coaching", says Holmberg. "It’s fun to work with a group when everybody enjoys being there . . . I do not choose to teach people strictly on ability, but on their desire to learn. For this reason all my lessons are enjoyable."
 
Holmberg ‘s teaching reflects his approach to life. "Ron is a direct person and uncompromising in his principles", says one former student, "but he’s also carefree." Holmberg’s personality comes across on the tennis court. He talks about the game in very precise terms, yet he believes players should spend time just fooling around on the court (other than practice). He feels that players who do that love the game and learn to be creative. The Holmberg philosophy: "Hit the ball as hard as you can and as close to the lines as you can, but don’t miss!"
 
Holmberg is a member of the ATP, USPTA and USTA. Year-round he directs Junior Development programs and pro/celebrity tournaments; conducts corporate outings; teaches; and coaches regional, national and international tournament players and conducts clinics and workshops for professional coaches and teachers. Holmberg also participates in, helps and directs numerous charity events. Holmberg, a member of the prestigious "Advisory Board of Tennis Magazine" for its 19 year duration, was also director of the Bob Griese / Jerry Lewis Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament for Muscular Dystrophy.
 
Holmberg is also a member of the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Hall of Fame and the Intercollegiate Hall of Fame and four other halls He is one of the USPTA’s select Master Professionals.
 
In 1997 Holmberg was recipient of the USPTA "Lifetime Achievement Award" which signifies all-around accomplishment in both playing and teaching. In 1999 Holmberg received the USTA George Seewagen Award which signifies excellence in playing and service to the game.
 
In 2010 Holmberg became chairman of the Louisiana Tennis Patrons Foundation.
 
Holmberg has resided in New Orleans since his playing days at Tulane, with stints in both Houston and Dallas, Tex. He also maintains a home, "Match Point Acres," in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., with his wife, Sylvia.
 
Holmberg is multi-faceted. He worked as an ESPN broadcaster over a three year period beginning in 1981. His life is one of a jetsetter ... always on the go, socializing with many successful people in the entertainment and sports industries, who have become good friends. His daughter, Holly, "the light of my life," attended Emory University in Atlanta. After her graduation Holmberg traveled even more extensively. Incredibly, he played in regular pickup basketball games all around the country at every opportunity. "Basketball is my first love," he said, "probably because I was better at tennis ... My good friend, John Andariese, (the voice of the New York Knicks) knows basketball the way I know tennis, but we both love the other sport. ... Life is funny that way."
 
 
Candy Reynolds
 
Candy Reynolds
 
Candy Reynolds
Candy Reynolds
Won 28 WTA Doubles Titles, Winner of 1983 French Open Women’s Doubles Crown
The winner of 28 professional titles including the 1983 French Open Women’s Doubles Championship, Candy Reynolds competed at the highest levels of the Women’s Tennis Association.
 
The Tennessee native teamed up with Rosalyn Fairbanks for her Grand Slam title and also played with her the same year and reached the US Open finals. There they lost to arguably the greatest duo in women’s doubles history in three sets: Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver.
 
Ironically, Reynolds teamed up with Navratilova to win the 1982 Canadian Open, the 1983 Family Circle Cup and two other titles.
 
Reynolds’ prime came between 1980 and 1983 when she also won doubles titles at the Italian, German, Swiss, Japan and New Zealand Opens. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in doubles and No. 22 in the world in singles.
 
She reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in singles – defeated Evonne Goolagong along the way – along with the US Open. Additionally, she upset Hana Mandlikova, the second seed at Wimbledon, in 1982 and reached the semifinals of the 1980 US Indoors in singles by defeating Shriver. Her first professional title came in 1980 winning the U.S. Indoor Doubles Championships with Ann Kiyomura.
 
In 1983, Reynolds represented the United States in Wightman Cup and Fed Cup, playing doubles with Paula Smith.
 
Reynolds is also a member of the Last 8 Club for all 4 Grand Slam events having reached the semis or better in each event.
 
She served on the Women’s Tennis Association Board of Directors from 1982-1991. Additionally she served as one of two player representatives to the Women’s International Professional Tennis Council from 1985-1991. In 1988, she was awarded the Player Service Award by the WTA.
 
Reynolds captured the1973 National Amateur Grass Court Championships, defeating Kathy May. Three years later she won the singles and doubles crowns at the National Amateur Clay Court Championships. Her partner in doubles was Nancy Yeargin. Throughout her college career she was a member of the USLTA Jr. Wightman Cup Squad.
She grew up in Knoxville, Tenn. in the house that still is home to her parents, Wilson and Juanita. She has a sister, Debbie, who resides in Minneapolis and a brother who is an urologist in Knoxville.
 
Gladys Fisher, of Knoxville, started Candy in tennis at the age of 11 where she later traded competitive swimming to focus entirely on tennis. Other coaches later in her career include Bill Tym and Mike DePalmer, Sr.
 
She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Secondary Education in 1979 and a Master’s degree in Business from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1991. She worked in retail at the H.E. Butt Grocery Company for six years and the Target Corporation for 10 years.
 
She is currently a Kohl’s Department Stores District Manager in Atlanta. In addition, she currently serves as the past player representative on the Pension Committee of the Women’s Tennis Benefit Association.
 
In 1996 Reynolds was inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the MOC (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) Sports Hall in 1993. In addition, she was elected to the All-American Tennis Team while at UTC, where she was coached by Tym.
 
Reynolds currently resides in Suwanee, Ga. Her past times include a love for sports and working out along with reading and traveling with her family. She is an avid admirer of dogs, other animals and wildlife.
 

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