Middle States Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

USTA Middle States recently announced its 2014 class of inductees into the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame. The group includes Jay Lapidus, Leslie Pixley, Scott Tharp and Laura Travis.

HOF imageThe 21st annual Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction will take place on Friday, Oct. 17 at Deerfield Country Club in Newark, Del. Last year, the event was hosted at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in downtown Lancaster, Pa.

Proceeds from the evening will be utilized to grow junior tennis in Middle States, with 25 percent of that being distributed specifically in the Delaware District.

“I’m thrilled that we can recognize and honor this of group individuals for such outstanding achievements, and their remarkable service to tennis,” said Hall of Fame Chair Nancy Keiper. “This is a well-deserved honor, and I’m looking forward to the event in October.”

The USTA Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction is an annual event. Funds raised during the event benefit the Middle States Tennis Patrons’ Foundation, supporting junior tennis programs and furthering tennis education objectives in Middle States.

Established in 1994, the prestigious Hall boasts 95 prior inductees, including tennis legend and women’s rights pioneer Billie Jean King, and former USTA Presidents Jane Brown Grimes, Merv Heller, Judy Levering and Martin Tressel. The event provides an opportunity for all who love the game of tennis to celebrate the past and support the future.

“I’m thrilled that we can recognize and honor this group of individuals for such outstanding achievements, and their remarkable service to tennis,” said Hall of Fame Chair Nancy Keiper. “This is a well-deserved honor, and I’m looking forward to the event in October.”

Those interested in more information about the event should contact Kasey Connors at connors@ms.usta.com. Media inquires and requests should be sent to Michael Gladysz at gladysz@ms.usta.com.

2014 USTA Middle States Hall of Fame Inductee Bios

lapidus sJay Lapidus first displayed his tennis talent and potential while growing up in New Jersey. A highly-ranked Middle States junior, he stayed local and earned All-America honors and a No. 1 ranking at Princeton University. After his stellar career at Princeton, Lapidus saw continued success as a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team, and later on the ATP Tour, achieving a world ranking of No. 29.

When his playing career came to an end, Lapidus continued his involvement with tennis as a coach, and recently became the all-time winningest coach in Duke University history.

pixley sLeslie Pixley is known around the area as a standout coach, player and promoter of tennis in Middle States. Pixley started her competitive playing career at Penn State University and began teaching tennis almost immediately after. Since then she’s positively impacted thousands of tennis players in Middle States with her personalized coaching style and her unique approach to each player.

A coach at Brandywine Racquet Club for more than 40 years, Pixley’s passion for tennis also translates to the court as a player, where she’s constantly been a top player in USTA competition for years.

tharp sScott Tharp has made a career of growing tennis and providing opportunities for youth throughout Middle States. Tharp’s involvement includes dozens of leadership roles within the tennis industry, including positions on the USTA and USTA Middle States Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Professional Tennis Registry Foundation, and is a Senior Advisory Board Member at Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring.

A former player at the College of William & Mary, Tharp maintained a steady playing career and has been an active competitor across USTA formats.

travis sLaura Travis began setting tennis records as a high school player in Delaware, and hasn’t slowed down since. As a student-athlete at the University of Delaware, Travis set school records for singles and doubles wins, and was a four-time East Coast Conference champion in both singles and doubles, as well.

Travis’ involvement with Delaware didn’t end there, as she currently has coached the University’s men’s and women’s teams for 20 years. She was the first woman to coach a men’s program at Delaware. In the community, Travis is an active volunteer, having served in the past as President of the USTA Middle States Delaware District, and the Delaware Tennis Foundation. She’s earned numerous awards for her commitment to tennis and growing the game.

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