Tennis Center Renamed
in Honor of Don Andrews
March 29, 2019
The Diamond Head Tennis Center will be renamed the Donald A. Andrews Diamond Head Tennis Center in honor of the late tennis player and coach, under a resolution approved by the Honolulu City Council.
For 35 years, Don Andrews was the Tennis Director for the City and County of Honolulu. He worked at the Diamond Head Tennis Center, overseeing the city's nearly 200 public courts. Because of his passion and leadership, his name was synonymous with Diamond Head Tennis Courts. He was, and still is, an icon in Hawaii for the community and visitors that got to know him.
Don's introduction to tennis began in 1952 on the Fort Devens tennis courts, where a date with his future wife-to-be, Betty, consisted of teaching him the elements of the game. From then on, his racquet accompanied him to many military sites around the world, such as California, Germany, Kansas, Virginia, Korea, Vietnam and finally Hawaii.ADVERTISEMENT
Despite his busy military schedule, Don always found time to “hit a few” on the court even when stationed in Vietnam and Korea. He retired from the Army in 1973. A year later, he replaced local tennis legend Sam Saffery as Tennis Specialist for the City and County of Honolulu. Sharing his love for tennis prompted him to teach the game to the military children. A good example is when he and his wife Betty coached the (Fort) “Shafter Smashers,” a group of young boys and girls that included their son David.
During Don’s tenure with the City and County, he expanded the facilities by adding courts to growing communities such as Diamond Head Tennis Center, Kailua, Kaneohe and Keehi Lagoon. He also oversaw the reconstruction of the courts at Ala Moana and Kapiolani Park.
Thanks to Don, several of these new public facilities earned national awards. Diamond Head Tennis Center was recognized as one of the 25 best municipal tennis sites by Tennis Magazine in 1990.
The renaming ceremony will take place on April 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm at the Diamond Head Tennis Center. All those have been inspired by Don are welcome to attend.