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2008 Southern Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees Named

October 12, 2007 11:35 AM
The USTA Southern Section announced today that Atlanta, Ga., native Lisa Spain Short and Bill Weathers of Pinehurst, N.C., have been selected for induction into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame. The 2007 induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2008 at the Westin in Atlanta, Ga.

The first Southern Tennis Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1977.

Lisa Spain Short

Lisa Spain Short of Atlanta, Ga., has had the mark of a champion since she first picked up a racquet at 10 years of age. The Georgia native’s career began during the Crackerland Championships on the courts of the University of Georgia where she later became an NCAA All-American.

Lisa was the first full scholarship women’s tennis player at UGA and was the number one singles and doubles player for four years. In her freshman season, she was runner-up in the Southeastern Conference at the No. 1 singles position, which she later won in both her junior and senior years. In the fall of her senior year, she was the ITCA All-America singles winner and in May 1984 won the NCAA singles championship. She was four-time All-SEC and three-time All American. Spain-Short’s collegiate tennis career at the University of Georgia culminated as the first NCAA Women’s Singles Champion in 1984.

Lisa, a native of Moultrie, was ranked No.1 in Georgia Girls’ 18s and No. 34 in USTA 18s. She compiled a match record in state high school AAAA matches of 56-1 winning 4 state singles championships.

She continued her tennis career on the Women’s Tennis Association Pro circuit from 1984 through 1987, playing in all four Grand Slam Championships each of those years and reaching a ranking of No. 63 in the world. Prior to beginning a family, she taught at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Lisa is married to her hometown and college sweetheart, Herbert Short, a UGA law school graduate, and they currently live in Atlanta with their three children Katherine 5, Madison 3, and Spain, 1.

Bill Weathers

Bill Weathers does not have the typical tennis resume. Working a full time job as a youngster prevented Weathers from taking up tennis as a junior or high school student. It was not until Bill entered the US Navy and was stationed at UNC Chapel Hill that he first learned the game that he has grown to love.

Under the direction of longtime UNC Chapel Hill coach, John Kenfield, Weathers improved his game and made the varsity team for the Tarheels, where he played the No. 4 and No. 5 positions. After his service in the Navy ended, he attended North Carolina State and played in the No. 1 position for 3 years.

Weathers has accumulated over three hundred USTA Southern and North Carolina Tennis tournament titles. He has held No. 1 rankings in every age group since the Men’s 55s and has picked up several sportsmanship awards along the way. Weathers served as Director of Tennis at a private country club in the Pinehurst, N.C. area and is known for his exceptional clay court maintenance.

Weathers is a father of four children, all tennis players. His son Clint and daughter Kristy followed their father’s footsteps and became standout tennis players for the NC State Wolfpack. The Weathers family was honored as North Carolina Tennis Family of the Year in 1982.

Weathers was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame in 2005.

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for

players of all ages and ability levels and, as a not-for-profit organization, the association invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis. It is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 168,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.

 

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