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Slew Hester

Slew Hester (Tennis.  Born, Hazlehurst, Mass, May 8, 1912; died, Jackson, Miss., Feb. 8, 1993.)  By the time he assumed the U.S. Tennis Association presidency in 1977, William Ewing Hester, Jr., had already set in motion events that were to have a profound effect on tennis around the world, but especially in New York.  Hester, […]

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl (Tennis. Born, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, Mar. 7, 1960.) A powerful, well-conditioned baseliner, Ivan Lendl never captured tennis fans’ imaginations’ the way many of his contemporaries, including John McEnroe, did, but his record ranks among the greatest in the sport’s history. Lendl, who was dogged early in his career by accusations of tanking matches, reached the […]

John McEnroe

John McEnroe (Tennis. Born, Wiesbaden, West Germany, Feb. 16, 1959.) John Patrick McEnroe, Jr., was often considered a tennis artist, using a deft touch and the possibilities afforded by the game’s geometry to craft court brilliance. And, like many artists, he was boorish, vulgar, and impatient with societal norms, his transgressions sometimes – though not […]

Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors (Tennis.  Born, Belleville, IL, Sept. 2, 1952.)  Perhaps the player most emblematic of tennis’ transition in the late 1960s and early 1970s from genteel country-club amateurism to noisy professionalism, James Scott Connors won the U.S. Open five times on three surfaces in two venues, but may today be best remembered for an Open […]

Tracy Austin

Tracy Austin (Tennis.  Born, Redondo Beach, CA, Dec. 12, 1962.)  Although her career was curtailed first by injury and later by an auto accident, tenacious, pig-tailed Tracy Ann Austin was the youngest women’s singles champion of the United States ever, winning the U.S. Open in 1979 at age 16 years, nine months.  In that tournament, […]

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