Janet French has been an outstanding tennis role model for many people throughout her life and continues to show her love for the sport of tennis. She has played the game at many levels and has encouraged thousands of young and not so young people to participate. Many have learned tennis fundamentals from her and she still continues to lead by example. She knows the sport and displays the highest level of sportsmanship that tennis players should exhibit. Janet has given her time to help others play through her involvement at the local, sectional and national level. She served as the Chicago District Executive Director from 1976-1990 using her experience and knowledge of players, coaches, and facilities to actively promote the game. In addition to her service as Chicago District Executive Director, Janet volunteered her expertise to the USTA/Midwest Section on the Sanction & Scheduling Committee from 1987-1992, and was the Tournament Administration Committee Chair in 1992. She served on the Adult Ranking Committee from 1992-1999, and the Adult/Senior Competition Committee for twenty years from 1989-2009. In 2006 Janet received a USTA/Midwest Section 20-Year Volunteer Service Award and in 2009, received the USTA/Midwest Section’s most prestigious award, the Mel Bergman Award for continuous and distinguished service. Janet played in numerous Senior Team Championships, won a bronze ball in the 2003 USTA National Mother/Daughter championships, and has represented the USTA/Midwest Section on the Senior Intersectional Team. Into her seventies she still plays a very competitive game.
Bill Wham Memorial Scholarship
Bill Wham Memorial Scholarship To say Bill Wham’s name – or as many affectionately called him, “Whammer” – in the Chicagoland tennis community is to…
“Own the Arena” by Katrina Adams
Katrina Adams was born and raised in Chicago and competed on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for 12 years. In addition to many other…
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Server and Return Chicago
2444 North Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
The mission of Serve and Return Chicago is to positively impact the lives of children in Chicagoland’s under-served communities through the game of tennis. We believe tennis is an inclusive, life-long source of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The funds we raise support outstanding youth programs that provide equipment, education, instruction and fun competition in safe environments.