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Honor Roll: Men

Bryan Shelton after beating Michael Stich at Wimbledon in 1994
MaliVai Washington reached the Wimbledon final in 1996

RONALD AGENOR
Born: November 13, 1964, Rabat, Morocco
Current residence: Los Angeles, CA

  • Had a 19-year career, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 22 in May 1989.
  • Won three ATP singles titles in Athens (1989), Berlin and Genova (1990)... Also reached five singles and two doubles finals.
  • Reached the French Open quarterfinals in 1989 and the fourth round of the US Open and French Open in 1988.
  • In 1999, at age 35, became the oldest player to reach the top 100 since Jimmy Connors in 1991.
  • Made history in 1987 by playing Frenchman Yannick Noah in the first all-black ATP final in history.


THOMAS BLAKE
Born: Dec. 29, 1976, Yonkers, N.Y.
Current residence: Fairfield, Conn.

  • Reached two doubles semifinals on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2005 at the Challengers in Tunica Resorts, Miss., (with Rajeev Ram) and Forest Hills, N.Y. (with Jonathan Chu)... Best singles result was a quarterfinal finish, as a qualifier, at the USTA Futures event in Tampa.
  • In 2004, won the doubles title (with James Auckland) at the ITF Futures event in Bournemouth, Great Britain, and reached doubles semifinals at USTA Futures events in Kissimmee, Fla., (with Raven Klaasen) and McAllen, Texas (with Doug Bohaboy)... In singles play, finished runner-up at the ITF Futures event in Montreal and reached the semifinals at the ITF Futures event in Naucalpan, Mexico.
  • Reached semifinals at the USTA Futures events in Brownsville, Texas, Mobile, Ala., and Lubbock, Texas, in 2003.
  • Notched notable victories over Brian Baker, Michael Chang, Alex Kim and David Ferrer on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2002.
  • Teamed with brother James in doubles at the 2002 US Open.
  • Won the singles title at the USTA Futures event in Hattiesburg, Miss., in 2001 and reached the quarterfinals of events in St. Joseph, Mo., and Tampa, Fla.
  • In 2000, was a finalist at the USTA Futures event in East Hampton, N.Y., and reached the semifinals in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
  • Won the 1999 doubles title at the USTA Winnetka, Ill., Challenger with younger brother James.
  • Turned pro in 1998 after graduating from Harvard University with a degree in economics.
  • Earned All-America honors in 1996 as a sophomore at Harvard… Reached the round of 16 in singles at the 1996 NCAA Championships.


LLOYD BOURNE
Born: October 18, 1958, Los Angeles, Calif.
Current residence: Pasadena, Calif.

  • Reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open in 1984.
  • Two-time All-American at Stanford University.
  • NCAA doubles semifinalist in 1978 and 1979.


STEVE CAMPBELL
Born: October 22, 1970, Buffalo, NY
Current residence: Detroit, MI

  • All-American at Rice University.
  • Ranked as high as No. 4 in NCAA singles in 1992.
  • Reached the third round of the Australian Open in 1998.
  • ATP ranking hit No. 78.


JEAN DESDUNES

  • Is currently Senior Director, Junior & Collegiate Competition for USTA Player Development... Had previously been a USTA National Coach since 2005.
  • Worked for USTA Southern from 2002-05, where he was the Multicultural Participation/NJTL Coordinator.
  • Prior to spending four years as the Head Professional at Summit Chase Country Club in the Atlanta area, spent 10 years as the head coach of Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis team and worked during the summers as a USTA National Team travel coach for four years.
  • Was named the ACC’s Coach of the Year in both 1988 and 1994.
  • Spent a few years on the ATP Tour, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 473.
  • Had an illustrious collegiate career at Clemson University, where he was a two-time All-American and was named the NCAA’s Player of the Year in 1983.


MARCEL FREEMAN
Born: March 30, 1960, Port Washington, NY

  • Spent seven years on tour.
  • Reached the third round of the US Open in 1986 and the Australian Open in 1983.
  • Coached Lindsay Davenport in 1994 and Chanda Rubin in 1996.
  • Was named the ITA National Player of the Year at UCLA in 1982.


RODNEY HARMON
Born: August 16, 1961, Richmond, Va.
Current residence: Miramar, Fla.

  • Served as Director of Men’s Tennis in the USTA's High Performance division.
  • Before serving in this position, Harmon was the USTA's Director of Multicultural Development, in which he developed strategies and implemented initiatives to increase the diversity of national tennis programs in all communities and aided minority coaches and players in their tennis development.
  • Was head coach of the University of Miami men’s tennis team from 1995-97 and a USTA coach from 1988-95.
  • Was the first African-American man since Arthur Ashe to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open, an accomplishment Harmon achieved as an amateur in 1982 before losing to eventual champion Jimmy Connors.
  • Won the NCAA doubles championship (with Mel Purcell) in 1980, representing the University of Tennessee… Transferred to Southern Methodist University, where he was an All-American (1982, 1983) and two-time Southwest Conference singles champion… Graduated from SMU with a degree in Broadcast/Film Arts.
  • Won the USTA junior national doubles championship (with Mike DePalmer) in 1979.
  • 1988 PTR Pro of the Year.
  • 1994 PTR Coach of the Year.
 
LEVAR HARPER-GRIFFITH
Born: Sept. 4, 1981, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Current residence: Sarasota, Fla.
  • Competed on the ITF Circuit from 1998 to 2009.
  • Won the doubles title at the Laguna Niguel, Calif., Futures in October 2007.
  • Reached the second round of the 2002 US Open Men’s Doubles Championships with partner Eric Taino.
  • In 2001, won the title at the USTA Challenger in Tarzana, Calif., reached the semifinals in Binghamton, N.Y., and advanced to the quarterfinals in Dallas... In USTA Futures events, reached finals in Tyler, Texas, and Tampa, Fla., and quarterfinals in Hallandale Beach, Fla., Sunnyvale, Calif., Redding, Calif., and Chico, Calif.
  • Was selected by John McEnroe to be a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team that competed against Zimbabwe in Harare, Zimbabwe, in February 2000.
  • Turned pro in January 2000, after an outstanding year as one of the world’s premier junior players.
  • Won the 1999 USTA National Boys’ 18 doubles championship (with Andy Roddick), earning a wild card into the 1999 US Open… At the US Open, defeated NCAA champions Ryan Wolters and K.J. Hippensteel to advance to the second round.
  • Captured third place in the 1999 Easter Bowl boy’s 18 singles championships.


CHIP HOOPER
Born: October 24, 1958, Washington, D.C.

  • First two-time All-American in singles in Arkansas Razorback history (1980-81).
  • Reached the quarterfinals of the 1981 NCAA Men's Championships.
  • Lost to Jimmy Connors in the round of 16 at the 1982 French Open.


OSCAR JOHNSON
Born: Dec. 6, 1930
Current residence: Los Angeles, Calif.

  • In 1948, became the first black tennis player to win an integrated national championship, capturing the National Public Parks junior championship at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
  • In 1953, joined Gerald Alleyne as the fourth and fifth African-Americans -- male or female -- to play in the U.S. National Championships.
  • Led his high school, Thomas Jefferson, to the Southern League title... His coach was ex-USC football star Brice Taylor, who assembled a tennis team of athletes who never played before.


JEROME JONES
Born: Jan. 25, 1962
Current residence: Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Served as National Administrator/ Product Manager for USA Team Tennis (Adult) from 1998-2003.
  • Has worked as a District Sales Manager for Head/Penn.
  • One-half of an incomparable intercollegiate brother-sister tandem.
  • Won the NCAA doubles championship (with Kelly Jones) in 1984, representing Pepperdine University… Earned All-American honors the same year… Sister, Cheryl, was a member of the 1984 USC women’s tennis team that was runner-up in NCAA Team Championships.


LESLEY JOSEPH
Born: Sept. 14, 1981, Rock Hill, S.C.
Current Residence: Athens, Ga., and Rock Hill, S.C.

  • Reached a career-high ranking of No. 243 the week of Feb. 27, 2006.
  • Won a total of four singles and seven doubles titles on the ITF Circuit during his career.
  • Played tennis at the University of Georgia from 1999-2002 and majored in computer science... Was named second-team All-SEC in singles and posted a 24-7 overall record in the spring of 2002... During the 2000-01 season, was named second-team All-SEC in singles.


TODD NELSON
Born: March 18, 1961
Birthplace: The Dalles, OR

  • Had a career won-loss record of 53-90
  • Reached the third round of the US Open in 1984, his best Grand Slam finish
  • Played in 18 Grand Slams total, with a singles record of 7-18


ROBERT RYLAND
Born: June 16, 1920
Current residence: Harlem, N.Y.

  • In 1959, became the first African-American tennis player to turn pro.
  • Teamed with the legendary Alice Marble in 1944 for a ground-breaking mixed doubles exhibition at the Harlem Cosmopolitan Tennis Club.
  • Won the American Tennis Association junior championships in 1939.
  • Traveled the world with Bill Cosby as a hitting partner.
  • A volunteer with the Harlem-based Pyramid Tennis Association.


BRYAN SHELTON
Born: December 22, 1965, Huntsville, Ala.
Current residence: Atlanta, Ga.

  • Head coach of the women’s tennis team at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he also earned All-America honors in 1988.
  • Was a USTA National Coach from 1998-99.
  • Won the singles title at the Miller Lite Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 1991, becoming the first African-American man to win a professional singles title since Arthur Ashe in 1978… Won four pro championships (2 singles, 2 doubles).
  • A six-time participant at Wimbledon, defeated second-seeded Michael Stich in the first round of the tournament in 1994 en route to a berth in the round of 16... Also played in seven US Opens, six Australian Opens and four French Opens, while posting victories over Andre Agassi, Thomas Muster, Richard Krajicek and Todd Martin.
  • Climbed to as high as 55th in the ATP singles rankings.
  • Won the U.S. Amateur singles championship in 1985.


ROGER SMITH

Born: January 20, 1964
Residence: Freeport, Bahamas

  • Turned pro in 1987.
  • Served as the National Coach of the Bahamas.
  • A tennis pro who lended his talents for the 6th Annual UNCF/MBNA Celebrity Golf and Tennis Pro-Am Tournament.
  • Nicknamed "Slinger."
  • Biggest upset came at the 1994 US Open, when he defeated Ivan Lendl.


MALIVAI WASHINGTON
Born: June 20, 1969, Glen Cove, N.Y.
Current residence: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

  • Has been an analyst on ESPN tennis coverage.
  • Played 10 years on the pro tour… Won four career championships (all singles)… Achieved career-high world ranking of No. 11 in 1992 and was ranked in the world's top 30 for five consecutive years, from 1992-96.
  • In 1996, became the first African-American man to be named to the U.S. Olympic Tennis Team… Also that year, became the only African-American man since Arthur Ashe in 1975 to play for the Wimbledon singles championship (lost to Richard Krajicek).
  • Was the first African-American since Arthur Ashe to play for the United States in Davis Cup, the most prestigious annual international team event in sports, having been named to U.S. teams in 1993, ’96 and ’97.
  • Established and operates the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation in Jacksonville, Fla., to assist underprivileged children.
  • In 1988, was chosen as one of the inaugural members of the prestigious U.S. National Team.


MASHISKA WASHINGTON
Born: Dec. 19, 1974
Current residence: Delray Beach, Fla.

  • Turned pro in 1995, following his sophomore year at Michigan State University... Earned All-America honors and reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships that year.
  • Played in his first and only Grand Slam main draw at the 1999 US Open.
  • Joined Fernando Meligeni, Devin Bowen and Monica Seles in planting trees with kids to symbolize peace in the world following the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • Won his first Futures title in California in June 2002.
  • In junior competition, was a semifinalist at the 1993 USTA National Boys’ 18 Championships and finished runner-up of the 1992 USTA National Boys’ 18 Indoor Championships.
  • Brother MaliVai played on the ATP Tour and sister Mashona competed on the USTA Pro Circuit. 
 
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