Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame to Induct Five New Members

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CINCINNATI (June 15, 2018) – Five of our area's most dedicated tennis enthusiast's and accomplished former players will be inducted into the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame on Sunday, August 12, at the Western & Southern Open. The inductees join an elite list of 62 individuals who have helped shape Cincinnati tennis.

This year's honorees include the leader of our local international tournament, an All American, a youth and recreation department tennis leader, a 3-time letter winner at the Ohio State University and a philanthropic leader in our community.  The inductees are Elaine Bruening, Kathy Barton, William Chambers, Dick Friedman and Karen Montavon.

"The Greater Cincinnati area is and always has been a hot bed of accomplished tennis players and dedicated tennis enthusiasts,” said Carole Meldon, chairman of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame. “The 2018 Class of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame is a perfect combination of those two categories.”

The class will be inducted on Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, during the Western & Southern Open’s Opening Night. A reception and dinner, both of which are open to the public, will be held in the Grandstand Tent to honor the five prior to the on-court enshrinement.

Elaine Bruening

Bruening’s role with what is now known as the Western & Southern Open has ranged from volunteer to secretary to operations leader. She played a critical role in making Cincinnati a WTA stop in 2004 and upgrading it to Premier-level in 2009. Bruening has also been instrumental in the tournament's philanthropic efforts, helping to raise more than $8 million for Cincinnati Children's and more than $1 million for the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth.

Kathy Barton

Barton was an OHSAA singles finalist representing Ursuline Academy in 1977.  She then attended the University of North Carolina and was named an AIAW All-America in 1982 making her Carolina’s first All-American women’s tennis player.  She won the 1980 No. 2 ACC singles title and the 1984 ACC No. 2 doubles title, was runner-up for the ‘83 #4 ACC singles title, and was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Women’s Tennis Team.  She won the 1983 Cincinnati Metropolitan Tennis Championship and was a finalist in both 1980 and 1981.

Karen Montavon

Montavon has been instrumental in bringing the game of tennis to children in the Cincinnati area.  During her work with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission she served as Program Director and Tennis Director as well as the Director of the Cincinnati Chapter of National Junior & Tennis Learning.  She has held board positions with the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association, Ohio Valley Tennis Association, Tennis for Charity, USTA Midwest and served as USTA Midwest Tournament Director for the US Open Qualifier (2010-2013) and Junior Elevated (2011-2014).

William Chambers

Chambers brought home 2 OHSAA titles (singles and doubles) to Withrow High School in 1931 and was ranked 5th in the nation in junior doubles.  A three-time letter-winner and two-time team captain at The Ohio State University, he guided the team to the Big 10 title in 1935.  As a player he was a quarterfinalist at an international event in 1933 and made it to the round of 16 in both 1934 and 1943.  He spent his entire working career with the Drackett Company.  Chambers passed away in 1991 and is being honored posthumously.

Dick Friedman

Friedman is a founding member and President of the board of the Activities Beyond the Classroom Foundation and is a member of the Tennis for Charity board bringing youth tennis to the Cincinnati community.   He also served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame for three years, 2014-2017, chairing both the Selections Committee and the Program Committee. He retired from the University of Cincinnati in 2013 after 42 years including 14 years as the Assistant to the President, and 14 years as a Dean in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. 

For tickets to the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame dinner, reception and induction ceremony, contact Carole Meldon at 513-379-7726. A ticket to the matches also is required for entry to the tournament grounds. The event will include brief speeches followed by an on-court enshrinement ceremony on Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.


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. The Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame is a part of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The 62 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, Phillip S. Smith, Joann "Jo" Frazer & George McCabe
2013 – Wallace “Wally” Holzman, Dr. Jerrold M. “Jerry” Levin, Tracy Barton Ramirez & Russell “Rusty” Schubert

2014 –  Linda Burrell Zulia, Jason Yeager, Truxtun H Emerson, John Barrett

2015 – Emilia Anderson, Marshall Chambers, Brain Leshner, Eric Toth

2016 – Doug Corn, Audra Falk, Rachel Fair, Tony Pack

2017 – no induction class