Van der Meer Named to Tennis Industry Hall of Fame

September 15, 2008 11:58 AM

Dennis Van der Meer of Hilton Head, S.C. was named to the inaugural class of the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame by the Tennis Industry Association. Van der Meer founded U.S. Professional Tennis Registry in 1976 to standardize and promote the teaching of tennis. He serves as president of the organization with more than 13,000 members from 126 countries. He is widely viewed as one of the most respected and best known tennis instructors in the world.

Dennis Van der Meer teaching.

Born in 1933 in Namibia in southern Africa, Van der Meer has also been inducted in the USTA Southern , USTA South Carolina and USTA Northern California Halls of Fame. Additionally, he’s received the Tennis Educational Merit Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Healthy American Fitness Award in 1989, Developmental Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1997 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Greenwich, England, for his work in Sports Sciences in tennis education. The U.S. State Department cited him for exceptional coaching performance in the Middle East in 1972.

Van der Meer coached pro players including Billie Jean King and Margaret Court.