Karzen Family

Karzen Family
(Inducted In: 2016)

Dick, Jerry, Brett and Becky have had an amazing career in the Father & Son, and Father & Daughter divisions at the USTA National level.

Dick and Jerry won four USTA National Father & Son titles in 1977, 1978 and 1982. Jerry has amassed an additional 29 USTA National Father & Son titles with son Brett in 2001 and 2003-2015, and 13 USTA National Father & Daughter titles with daughter Becky in 2004, 2007, and 2010-2015.

Jerry and Becky have been ranked No. 1 in the USTA Father & Daughter Open division in 2002-2005, 2007, and 2010-2012. Jerry and Brett have been ranked No. 1 in the USTA Father & Son Open division in 2005-2014.

Now eligible for the Senior divisions, Jerry and Becky were ranked No. 1 in the USTA Father & Daughter Senior division, and Jerry and Brett were ranked No. 1 in the USTA Father & Son Senior division in 2013 and 2014. Jerry and Brett won the ‘Golden Slam’ winning all four USTA Father & Son Senior titles in 2012, all on different surfaces.

Jerry has served at the New Trier High School Varsity Girls’ Tennis coach since 2001, with a three year hiatus from 2009-2011. He was named the Illinois State High School Girls’ Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004.  Jerry is the tennis director and part owner of the North Shore Racquet Club which is the oldest and longest running private indoor tennis facility in the Midwest.  He has coordinated a tennis camp for the past 37 years at his local high school alma mater.

During his junior career, Jerry was the Illinois High School State Singles finalist in 1969 and 1970. During his collegiate career, Jerry was a member of the University of Michigan tennis team from 1971-1975, named and All-American, served as team captain, and named to the All Big Ten Team.  He received the University of Michigan Fielding H. Yost Award for leadership and athletic/academic excellence in 1975.  Jerry finished as an NCAA doubles semi-finalist in 1975 before being ranked as high as No. 100 in doubles and No. 300 in singles in the world, playing at Wimbledon, the French Open and the US Open during his career.

Both Brett and Becky played Collegiate tennis. Brett received distinguished honors at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota playing doubles and advancing to the NCAA Division 3 playoffs all four years.

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