Jay Kramer’s involvement in Chicago tennis has been overwhelming in many areas. As a player he lettered at Northwestern and has been nationally ranked in both singles and father/daughter divisions. He was the builder and owner of the Oak Brook Racquet & Fitness Club in 1973, a founder of the Illinois High School Coaches Association, and started the Hinsdale Open Junior Tournament in 1961 which is still running today. Jay, a USPTA certified pro for 46 years, is best known for his coaching ability, having coached several national and world ranked players, and is currently the Hinsdale Central High School Boys Varsity Coach, a position he has held since 1960. He has received many honors in his career, as the National High School Coach of the Year in 1988, National USPTA High School Coach of the Year in 1994, and is in both the Hinsdale Central High School and Illinois High School Coaches Association hall of fame. At Hinsdale Central High School, Jay has amassed the most impressive record in Illinois high school coaching history. His dual meet record is 508 wins, 58 losses, with 7 ties, and went undefeated 8 consecutive years from 1972-79 at 110 consecutive meets. His conference record is 302-9, with 40 titles as Conference Champion, and 43 titles as Sectional Champion. In the most prestigious Illinois High School State Tournament, Jay’s teams have earned 13 championship titles, finished 13 times as runner-up, and have 8 third place and 4 fourth place finishes.
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.