By Matt Birch, special to USTA.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Peter Bronson has dedicated much of his life to teaching, playing and volunteering in the tennis world. Friday was another busy tennis day for Bronson, as in the afternoon he competed with his 9.0 Southwest team in the USTA League Super Senior National Championships. Later that evening he was inducted into the USTA Central Arizona Hall of Fame for his service to the game of tennis in the Greater Phoenix area..
After approximately five years off from playing competitively, Bronson rejoined his teammates on the Southwest squad from Phoenix which won the regional championship last year and earned a spot in this weekend’s Super Senior Nationals up the road in Surprise.
Bronson was very excited to have the opportunity to have his family join him for his Hall of Fame ceremony. He was inducted by his father, who will be turning 90 later this year and was also joined by his wife and mother.
"When you receive these types of awards, the people who are responsible for you getting to where you are, sometimes aren’t around to share in these opportunities," Bronson said. "I am very grateful to be able to share this experience with my parents."
He has had tremendous success throughout his life in every aspect of the tennis world that he has been involved with. As a collegiate player, he spent two years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was unbeaten in singles play both years. Throughout his career he has now won 35 National Championships in age group tournaments, and also competed on 21 United States International Cup teams from 1993-2004.
Bronson explained that he has always enjoyed teaching tennis even more than playing competitively.
He spent multiple years coaching at local high schools in Wisconsin and with junior teams, featuring many of the elite local players on his squads. He would also spend one year as the head coach at UWM. Bronson has additionally worked as a teaching professional for over 30 years at various resorts and clubs in Wisconsin, Florida and Arizona. At one point he had four of his players in the Top 100 ATP Rankings at the same time (Tim and Tom Gullikson, Mike Cahill and Rick Vetter).
As a volunteer, he has served on numerous committees and boards of directors in Wisconsin and Arizona. One of his biggest contributions to the game, came while he was a member of the USTA National Advisory Points per Round Sub-Committee. Bronson is credited with having created and implemented the current USTA National and Southwest Section Points per Round Ranking System and Numerical Tournament Evaluation system.
Bronson thought that he had competed in his last Nationals in 2006 when he developed arthritis and had some knee issues. However, he has recently had his knee cleaned out and now has the opportunity to compete at Nationals as a Hall of Famer.
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