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Stephens Named To 2006 USPTA Hall Of Fame

May 24, 2006 02:58 PM

The USTA Southern Section is proud to announce that former USTA Southern Section President, Randy Stephens of Macon, GA, has been inducted into the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Hall of Fame. The 2006 induction ceremony was held at the USPTA Southern Division Convention in Tunica, MS on Saturday, May 20, 2006.

Randy Stephens, a USPTA Master Professional, has been involved in instructing and growing the game of tennis since the late 1970’s. He began his teaching career as the Director of Tennis for the Country Club of Roswell in 1978 and then went on to become the Director of Tennis for the City of Macon. As a player he has been ranked second in Men’s Open Doubles and Open Mixed Doubles by the United States Professional Tennis Association. He also earned a number one ranking in Georgia and the USTA Southern Section in the Men’s 35 and Men’s 45 Doubles. Currently, Stephens serves as Chairman of the USTA Southern Professional Committee and the USTA Wheelchair Tennis Committee. He is also a member of the International Tennis Committee, and ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee. Today, he is employed by Smith Barney as a Financial and Retirement Planning Consultant.

Over the years Stephens has been involved in every level of the USTA and USPTA. He has served as President of the Macon Tennis Association, the Atlanta Professional Tennis Association, the Georgia Professional Tennis Association, and USPTA/Southern Division. Stephens has held various leadership positions on a number of committees at the state, section and national level and also finds time to volunteer as a coach for the Stratford Academy High School Tennis Team and the Methodist Children’s Home.

“Randy Stephens has been a superb volunteer at the state, sectional and national levels for many years,” said John Callen, USTA Southern Section Executive Director. “His passion and love of the game is remarkable. He truly deserves this high honor.”

Stephens has been honored numerous times throughout his tennis career. In 2001, he was the recipient of the USTA Southern Section’s highest honor, The Jacobs Bowl Award. Again in 2004, he was honored for his service to the game with the presentation of the USTA Southern Section’s Charlie B. Morris Award. His on-court talents have earned him accolades, winning the Georgia Tennis Professional of the Year Award, the Southern Tennis Professional of the Year Award, the Pride of the South Award (USPTA/Southern), and the John Drew Smith Memorial Award (Macon Tennis Association). The Georgia Professional Tennis Association inducted Stephens into their Hall of Fame in 2003.




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