The Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame inducted its 50th member today at the Western & Southern Open.
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By Jackie Reau
Four To Be Enshrined Into Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame
The Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame inducted its 50th member today at the Western & Southern Open as four Cincinnatians joined an elite list of individuals who have helped Cincinnati be recognized as a mecca in the tennis world. The latest class includes an outstanding coach of junior players, a former tennis team captain at the University of Notre Dame, and two individuals who were both undefeated for one season in college. Together, they hold seven Cincinnati Metropolitan tennis championship titles.
Those to be enshrined are Russell "Rusty" Schubert, Tracy Barton Ramirez, Dr. Jerrold M. "Jerry" Levin, and Wallace "Wally" Holzman.
"This class of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame highlights some of outstanding individuals who have served Cincinnati tennis so well both on and off the court," said Bill Lofgren, Co-Chairman of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame and a Hall of Famer himself. "All four made names for themselves at the both high school and collegiate levels and have represented Cincinnati across the nation, and many have gone on to contribute to the sport in our area for many years thereafter."
Schubert won a Mid-American Conference doubles title while at Ball State University in the early 1980s. Since then, he’s coached Cincinnati’s Junior Davis Cup team to six Midwest titles and coached USTA/Midwest teams to two 16-and-under USTA National titles. Schubert authored a book on junior tennis, is long-time board member of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association and has been a teaching pro (at the Cincinnati Tennis Club and Eastern Hills Indoor) for more than 30 years.
Barton Ramirez won the Ohio State high school singles title in 1984 and reached two other singles finals (1985 & 1987) before moving on to the University of Notre Dame. In South Bend, she was ranked as high as No. 9 in doubles and No. 34 in singles by the NCAA, qualified for the NCAA Championships two consecutive years, and won conference singles titles in ’88, ’89 & ’90. Ramirez also was a team captain and reached the round of 16 at the ’91 National College Indoors.
Levin won the Ohio State boys singles championship in 1957 and reached two other finals (1958 & 1959) while at Cincinnati’s Country Day High School. He went on to Cornell University where in 1963 he went 10-0 at No. 1 singles and won the Eastern Intercollegiate title. He then went 2-1 at the ’63 NCAA Championships. Levin also won one Cincinnati Metropolitan singles title (1963) and two doubles titles (1961 & 1962), and has been enshrined in both the CCDS and the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame.
Holzman co-captained the University of Cincinnati tennis team in the 1950s where he went undefeated his senior year and was ranked as high as No. 16 by the NCAA. He attended The Hill School in Pennsylvania, where he won the 1951 National Interscholastic Boys title. Holzman has been a long-time member of the Tennis for Charity Board of Trustees and has held board positions with the Ohio Valley Tennis Association and with the United States Tennis Association’s Midwest Section.
About the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame
Cincinnati is home to world-renowned players, the oldest professional tournament played in its original city, and the first city ever selected by the International Tennis Hall of Fame as its "City of the Year." The Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame was established in 2002 to honor the individuals who have helped forge the history, tradition and legacy of Cincinnati tennis. Once enshrined, individuals will be permanently memorialized at the physical home of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame, which is at the Carl & Edyth Lindner Family Tennis Pavilion, Lunken Airport Playfield. Bill Lofgren is the Chairman of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame, which is a part of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The 46 Members of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame:
2002 – Bill Talbert & Tony Trabert
2003 – Al Bunis, Nat Emerson, Paul Flory, Kathy Graeter, Barry MacKay, Tom Price & Ruth Sanders Cordes
2004 – J. Howard "Bumpy" Frazer, Bill Lofgren, Marty Wolf & Clara Louise Zinke
2005 – Jim Brockhoff, Andrea Farley, Jack Guggenheim, Reuben Holden & Caroline Kuhlman
2006 – Carol Brestel, Henry Bunis, Winona Closterman & Steve Contardi
2007 – Heather Hairston-Propp, Joe O’Brien, Dave Power & Carol Tanner
2008 – Carl Lindner, Rich Lindner, Charles Thomas & Jeff Wolf
2009 – John Cook, Angela Farley Wilson, Lynn Nabors-McNally & John Peckskamp
2010 – Joe Leytze, Jim Meakin, Kara Molony-Hussey & Bill Pendl
2011 – Bobbie Farley, Jim Farley, Dan Kronauge & John Rauh
2012 – Bruce Flory, Phil Smith, Joann "Jo" Frazer & George McCabe