Chicago Tennis Hall of Fame

On August 24, 2004, Serve & Return Chicago inaugurated the Chicago Tennis Hall of Fame with the intent to honor Chicago area tennis players who have contributed to the game as players, coaches, administrators or in other manners beneficial to the game.
The following criteria are considered for selecting nominees to the Hall of Fame:

  • Candidate must have excelled as a player and/or made a significant contribution to tennis.
  • Candidate must have lived in the Chicago District area for 10 years or more and must have high visibility in tennis, impact on the game or both. Residency at the time of consideration is not relevant.
  • Candidate must have served with distinction in the Chicago District, the Midwest Section, or the United States Tennis Association and made an outstanding contribution to tennis through their involvement.
  • Candidate must display the highest level of sportsmanship, character and achievement to be considered.
  • Posthumous recognition can be bestowed to deceased nominees.

Nominees for the Hall of Fame are selected by the Administrative Committee and included on a ballot for voting by the Hall of Fame Committee. The Administrative Committee consists of the following members:

  • Past President of the Chicago Tennis Patrons, (CTP) who is elected for a three year term by the CTP Board.
  • Current Presidents of CTP and Chicago District Tennis Association, (CDTA).
  • Current Director of CTP who is elected for a two year term by the CTP Board.
  • Current CTP Executive Director or a CDTA Officer appointed by the CDTA President.

Inducted in 2020

Rod Schroeder
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Inducted in 2019

L. LaMont Bryant
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Julia Steele
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Inducted in 2018

Violet M. Clark
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Inducted in 2017

Ronald Mitchell
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Inducted in 2016

Karzen Family
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Richard Bradley
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Inducted in 2015

Nancy Hoekstra
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Jack Sharpe
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Wally Piekarski
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Inducted in 2014

Jon Vegosen
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Sylvia Gothard
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Inducted in 2013

Stephen Butzlaff
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Inducted in 2012

Jon & Charles Shostrom
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Billy Martin
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Inducted in 2011

Chris Scott
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Tom Patterson
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Inducted in 2010

Janet French
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Dave Muir
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Mary Seelig
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Inducted in 2009

George J. Jennings, Jr.
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Mel Timmons
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Inducted in 2008

Katrina Adams
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Inducted in 2006

Jay Kramer
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Billie Jean King
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Inducted in 2005

Alan Schwartz
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Inducted in 2004

George E. Barnes
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Gene Buwick
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Marian Baird
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James Stewart
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Helen Shockley
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Marty Riessen
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Frank Parker
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George Lott
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Andrea Jaeger
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Seymour Greenberg
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Grant Golden
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Patricia Freebody
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Joseph E Carrico
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