Hall of Fame
USTA Midwest | October 2, 2017
We are proud to announce the 2017 inductees to the USTA Midwest Section Hall of Fame! Congratulations to the following individuals on this honor:
Joe Bachmann, Sarasota, Florida (formerly of Columbus, Ohio):
Bachmann is a successful amateur tennis player who has captured 13 USTA National Championship singles titles and two doubles titles. He reached the finals of 34 USTA National Championships between 1982 and 2016. Currently ranked #2 in USTA Men’s 75’s, Bachmann has won 15 Gold Balls, 21 Silver Balls and several Bronze Balls in various age groups. Bachmann has represented the U.S. on 12 USTA teams competing in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Championships, from Men’s 55s through 75s divisions. He will represent the U.S. again – for the 13th time – as a member of the Bitsy Grant Cup team (Men’s 75s) that will compete in the ITF World Championships Oct.
Ronald A. Brooks, Ft. Myers, Florida (formerly of Michigan City, Ind.):
Brooks has been a USTA volunteer for more than 45 years, serving on the district, section and national levels. Brooks was founding President of the Michigan City Tennis Association and later served as President of the USTA Northern Indiana District. He is a Charter Champion of the USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation and a 1988 Mel Bergman Award winner. Brooks was Committee Chair for the USTA Junior Boys’ Davis Cup/International Player Development Team from 1985-1988. Three of the former team members, after their retirement from tennis, were elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame: Jim Courier, Pete Sampras and Michael Chang. Brooks also served as team captain for the USTA Junior Boys’ Intersectional Team Championships and captain for the USTA Men’s 55 Austria Cup Team Competition.
Luke Jensen, Atlanta (formerly of Grayling, Mich.) and Murphy Jensen, Seattle (formerly of Ludington, Mich.):
Luke and Murphy are former professional tennis players. The brothers were doubles partners for several years, winning notable ATP doubles titles together including the 1993 French Open Doubles Championship. Luke won a gold medal in men’s doubles with partner Patrick McEnroe at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. As a junior player Luke reached the No. 1 world ranking in both singles and doubles and in 1984 he won the USTA Boys’ 18 National Championship doubles title with McEnroe in Kalamazoo, Mich. Murphy competed on the ATP tour for 15 years, capturing four doubles titles. As a junior player, Murphy won 10 USTA National Championships in doubles with partner Al Parker and one with Andre Agassi. Murphy currently coaches the Washington Kastles in World Team Tennis and has led the team to six WTT Championships.
SAVE THE DATE
The induction ceremony will take place February 2, 2018 during the Section’s 124th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. A cocktail reception will begin at 6PM, followed by dinner at 7PM and the induction ceremony at 8PM. Visit MidwestTennisFoundation.com for more details, including purchasing tickets and buying a congratulatory message in the program book.