2019 USTA Eastern
Hall of Fame
April 18, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019
The New Yorker, New York, N.Y.
7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8:00 p.m. Induction
Join us for the 32nd Annual USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame Celebration to benefit the Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF) Grant and Scholarship Programs.
Since its inception, the JTF has awarded more than $2 million in grants and scholarships for aspiring junior and adaptive players, as well as NJTLs throughout the Eastern Section. The funds raised from this celebratory event will afford many worthy and motivated children with incredible opportunities to attend tennis camps, sectional and national competitions and educational workshops that ultimately cultivate the love and prosperity of our beloved sport.
USTA Eastern and the JTF are thrilled to welcome our 2019 inductees who have played pivotal roles in Eastern’s tennis community: Kit Byron, Bid Goswami, Nick Greenfield, and Carole Wright.ADVERTISEMENT
A renowned tennis coach in the Eastern section, Kit Byron helped develop and transform the games of over 150 juniors who would go on to become Eastern, USTA and WTA-ranked players, including former world No. 10 and two-time French Open Quarterfinalist Kathleen Horvath and French Open Quarterfinalists Terry Phelps and Melissa Brown. Today, Byron oversees 600 juniors and 450 adult players at Rye Racquet, the club he has owned since 1995. In addition to coaching, Byron served two terms as a USTA Eastern vice president and sat on the USTA's Junior Tennis Council.
Bid Goswami served 37 seasons as the head coach of Columbia University men's tennis. Among the most successful coaches in college tennis history, Goswami has led Columbia to 13 NCAA tournament appearances and 13 Ivy League Championship titles—including the last five from 2014-18. Under Goswami, the Lions have advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times in the last ten years: Three times in the NCAA tournament and four in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships. From 1977 to 2012, Goswami also held the position of Tennis Director and Head Professional at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y.
Nick Greenfield is a former ranked USTA Eastern junior who went on to play No. 1 singles for Lafayette College, where he won four individual conference titles and led his team to three team conference championships. After graduating, he founded Eastern Roundup Magazine, a publication with every USTA Eastern junior tournament match result, along with photos, articles of interest for junior tennis players and their families. Nick also worked for three years as a member of the USTA Eastern staff.
Ranked No. 1 in the East for seven years (and as high as No. 16 nationally), Carole Wright won the New York State Championship title three times, the USTA National Indoor Championships twice, the Canadian Indoor Championships once, and medaled in the Maccabi Games. After retiring as a player, she founded the Wright Tennis Center with the Irish Lawn Tennis Center in 1984 to help grow the sport in Ireland. Since 1992, she has served as the co-director of All City Junior Tennis and Sports Camp at the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club in New York, N.Y.
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