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Awards & Achievements, September 2010

November 5, 2009 06:01 PM
Judy Utley
Lenny Simpson
Jamie Hampton
Bobby Reynolds returns a shot to Sam Querrey.
Southern players and organizations are constantly making their mark in the world of tennis. Here's a list of recent awards, achievements and news in September 2010.
 
Lee-Waters wins doubles, reaches final
Lindsay Lee-Waters doesn't play too many USTA Pro Circuit tournaments as a 33-year-old mother of two. But when she does, her results are usually strong.
 
The resident of Dunwoody, Ga. won the doubles of the $75,000 Colemanvision Tennis Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., teaming up with Megan Moulton-Levy to defeat Americans Abigail Spears and Mashona Washington 2-6, 6-3, [10-8].
 
In the singles final, Lee-Waters fell to the third-seed Marjana Lucic of Crotia 6-1, 6-4.
 
Reynolds, Hampton win tournaments; Britton reaches final
Sept. 19 was a great day for Southerners on the USTA Pro Circuit with two bringing home trophies and another reaching a final.
 
Long-time player Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga., won the $50,000 USTA Challenger of Oklahoma. He defeated Lester Cook 6-3, 6-3 at the tournament at Philcrest Hills Tennis Center outside of Tulsa. The 28-year-old Reynolds is now ranked No. 188.
 
Nineteen-year-old Jamie Hampton continues her breakout year with by taking the 2010 USTA Challenger of Redding in California. The top seed defeated Jelena Pandzic of Crotia 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Hampton, of Auburn, Ala., won her third title of the year, with other wins in Boston and Grapevine in California. She also reached three finals, two of which were in the South. She is now ranked No. 164, the second-highest female Southerner behind Melanie Oudin.
 
In Claremont, Calif., Devin Britton, of Brandon, Miss., fell in the final to Gary Sacks 7-6(8), 6-2. Both players were unseeded.

2010 North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees

The North Carolina Tennis Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of two new Hall of Fame members for the class of 2010. Judy Utley, of Greensboro, and Lendward Simpson, Jr., now of Knoxville, TN, will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame January 29, 2011 with a commemoration event held at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst, NC. The North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Greensboro, NC, which serves as a central location for the whole state to enjoy.

Judith "Judy" Utley has been involved in every level of tennis over the past thirty years and is an avid recreational and league player. In Greensboro, she has served as co-president of the Greensboro Tennis Association, co-commissioner of the Gate City Tennis League, and co-director of the Carlton Harris Jr. Tennis League. She also has served tennis on the State, Sectional and National levels for over twenty years. Currently she is Council Chair of the Community Tennis Council for the USTA. She has also chaired a variety of committees for both USTA Southern and USTA North Carolina, but most recently she is Immediate Past President of the USTA Southern, USTA Section Delegate, Vice Chair of Section Delegates, Vice Chair of the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation, and chairperson of the Junior Growth Committee for USTA North Carolina. She was also President of USTA North Carolina from 1999-2001. Judy picked up the game in 1975 and got involved in USTA League Tennis eight years later. Since then she has tirelessly worked on the administrative side of the USTA to grow the game. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious USTA Barbara Williams Leadership Award which was established in 2003 to honor the late Barbara Williams. This award recognizes a female volunteer who, through her leadership and by her example, has encouraged and inspired others to become volunteers and assume leadership roles at the community, sectional and/or national levels of the United States Tennis Association.

In 2008, she received the Jacob’s Bowl, the highest award presented by the USTA Southern Section. This award is presented to a volunteer who has exhibited outstanding service to the Section. She is also the recipient of the following awards: USTA Southern Gerri Rothwell Award, USTA North Carolina’s Adult/Senior Tennis Council Award and Volunteer Service Award (two-time).

Judy resides in Greensboro, with husband Johnny. They have two grown children, Krista and Wes and six grandchildren.

Lendward "Lenny" Simpson, Jr.
, a Wilmington native, had the good fortune to be the next door neighbor to Nathaniel Jackson and to Dr. Hubert Eaton, who at the time was coaching Althea Gibson. With encouragement from all three, the 8 year old Lenny began to improve his tennis skills and he caught the eye of Dr. R. Walter Johnson, a legend who found the best African American athletes he could and introduced them to competitive tennis via his Junior Development Team. In 1964, Lenny defeated Dick Stockton to win the singles title at the US Lawn Tennis Association’s Eastern Boy’s 14s Championships in Forest Hills. Later that same year, he became the youngest male player, at that time, to ever play at the U.S. National Championships (now known as the US Open). He won his first round match but would lose to longtime mentor and friend Arthur Ashe in the second round.

Lenny’s talent on the court secured an academic/athletic scholarship to attend prep school at Cheshire Academy where he played no. 1. He became the first person to be inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. Lenny next attended East Tennessee State University where he earned a BS in Physical Education and Psychology. Outside the classrooms of ETSU, he played no. 1 singles and doubles throughout his collegiate career. He claimed Ohio Valley Conference titles (singles & doubles), reached the NCAA quarterfinals, captained the tennis team (1968-1972), and coached the tennis team (1972-1973). In 1973, Lenny entered the professional tour and became the first African American player to compete in World Team Tennis, signing with the Detroit Loves. Starting in 1977, he became a tennis instructor and eventually settled in Knoxville, TN where he would realize his dream of owning a tennis facility, as co-owner of Center Court Racquet Club.
Lenny uses tennis as a ministry to instill values, character, and life skills for his adult and junior students. It has been his goal to help every student reach their highest potential, no matter the skill level. He has taken to heart the words of Arthur Ashe: "The way to thank me is to make sure I continue the tradition by helping any up and coming player that wants an opportunity to play this great game of tennis." Most recently, he has organized events featuring James Blake, John McEnroe, the Bryan Brothers and many more for the benefit of the Blount County Education Foundation.

Lenny resides in Knoxville, with his wife JoAnn. They have two grown daughters Celeste and Jennifer.
 

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