A Little History
Since its founding in 1990, 62 St. Louisans have been inducted into The St. Louis Tennis Hall of Fame for their contributions on and off the court.
In April 2017, the Hall brought home our local legend, Jimmy Connors. And much to Jimmy’s surprise — or shock — we also inducted his mother and coach, Gloria Connors.
2016 saw the induction of five local talents, each of whom have given back to the game in countless ways:
- Craig Sandvig
- Doug Smith
- Pat Purcell
- Ron Cobb
- Terry Ward
Four deserving inductees – its principal archivist, the late Jack Eggman, the Fluri brothers and Jane Pratt – entered the Hall in 2013.
Year after year, the Hall continues
to recognize this area’s rich tennis history.
From Dwight Davis, founder of the Davis Cup, to former ATP executive director Butch Bucholz and Wimbledon champions Chuck McKinley and Ken Flach, St. Louis has left an indelible imprint on the game.
Arthur Ashe once said that when he came here for his last year of high school in the early 1960s, St. Louis had more quality players than any other city outside greater Los Angeles. Now, our Hall of Fame shows the truth of his observations: just about every champion our town produced in those days – including Buchholz, McKinley, Justina Bricka, Carol Hanks Aucamp and Mary Ann Eisel Beattie – is in the Hall.
The Hall of Fame Festival.
A secondary goal for the Hall of Fame is to raise money for the Triple A Youth Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) educational organization that helps local juniors who want to succeed on the national and international stage.
To that end, and thanks largely to Butch Buchholz, the Hall of Fame Festival has treated St. Louis to an entertaining mix of current and former greats. In the past, we’ve hosted Ashe, Rod Laver, Pancho Gonzalez, Billie Jean King, Trey Waltke, Doug and Ken Flach and Alex Olmedo.
In 2013 and again in 2016, the Festival brought us Mats Wilander in an exhibition with Terry Ward and Stefan Kruger. after the final of the Frontenac Pro Doubles Classic.