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Missouri Valley / St. Louis

Hall of Fame

Ceremony

Amber Dieringer  |  March 27, 2019
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The annual USTA Saint Louis Tennis Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend is coming up April 26 to 28 at the Frontenac Racquet Club in Saint Louis, and it is set to be a weekend to remember.  Click here to download the registration form. 

 

This year’s ceremony will recognize five inductees: Judy Dippold, Mark Platt, Jack Levitt, Bruce Foxworth and Tom O’Neal. With over 60 inductees in its history, the Hall of Fame recognizes St. Louisans for their tennis contributions on and off the court.

 

Dippold has tirelessly served the Saint Louis tennis community for over 50 years, managing indoor clubs and the Dwight Davis Center. She has served as a long-time tournament director, and held the roles of President and Executive Director of USTA Saint Louis. Her many awards include the USTA’s 2016 Blue Ribbon Award as one of the top three junior tournament directors in the country.

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Platt introduced thousands of players to the game through Beginner’s World Tennis and an innovative format of tennis parties and team tennis leagues, along with community-based lessons, special events, and establishing leagues in several area school districts. His work was recognized by the USTA with the 2004 Eve Kraft Community Service Award and the 2018 Janet Louer USTA Junior Team Tennis National Organizer of the Year Award, along with receiving a Tennis magazine Top 5 Teachers USA award.

 

Levitt made a major impact on Saint Louis tennis as a promoter, organizer, tournament director and co-founder of the St. Louis Aces of World TeamTennis. Levitt brought a WTT event to the Checkerdome, followed by men’s and women’s pro tournaments in the ’80s. He also ran the St. Louis Aces from 1994 to 2005, taking them to a WTT championship in 1996.

 

Foxworth excelled in tennis throughout his life, as a state high school singles champion, NCAA Division II doubles champion. He eventually joined ATP Tour, where he achieved a career-high world ranking of 92 and competed in the main draws of the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. Despite suffering a major injury, Foxworth continued to teach and coach for many years as junior director at the Los Angeles Tennis Club.

 

O’Neal managed many facets within the Saint Louis tennis community, including the founding of the Saint Louis Tennis Hall of Fame and co-founding the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis. He also brought many tennis greats to St. Louis with his Hall of Fame festivals. He was president of the Triple A Youth Foundation, president of the Triple A Club, and a St. Louis Sports Commission member.

 

The official schedule for the St. Louis Hall of Fame Celebration Weekend is as follows:

Friday, April 26           

  • 3:00 p.m.: VIP Pro-Am

  • 6:30 p.m.: Hall of Fame Inductions

 

Saturday, April 27                      

  • 9:00-10:30 a.m.: Clinic at Frontenac

  • 11:00-12:30 p.m.: Sponsors Clinic at Frontenac

  • 12:30 p.m.: “Lunch and Learn” with Brad Gilbert

  • 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Clinic at Frontenac

  • 6:00 p.m.: VIP Cocktail Party

  • 6:30 p.m.: Pro Doubles Classic

 

Sunday, April 28  

  • 9:00-10:30 a.m.: Clinic at Woodsmill

  • 11:00-12:30 p.m.: Clinic at Woodsmill

 

There are four different sponsorship packages for the Hall of Fame Weekend, ranging from $100-$5000. The sponsorships include:

 

BLUE LEVEL: $100

Tickets to the Doubles Classic.

Listing on the Mateo Fund donor page in the printed program and on the FRC website.

 

“WINNING UGLY” CLINICS: $250 per spot.

 

 

RED LEVEL: $500

All the benefits from the Blue level.

VIP parking the night of the Classic.

Reserved courtside seating at the Classic.

2 VIP tickets for lunch on Saturday, April 27.

VIP tickets to the Cocktail Party at the Classic.

 

 

SILVER LEVEL: $1000

All perks of the Red level.

1 spot in the VIP Pro-am.

1 spot in a “Winning Ugly” Clinic held on April 27/28.

Your logo on a variety of promotional materials.

 

 

GOLD LEVEL: $5000

All the perks of the Silver level.

Front-cover mention on the program as a presenter of the Classic.

Premium placement of your full-page program ad on the back cover, inside back or inside front cover.

2 VIP spots in the Pro-Am.

4 spots in a "Winning Ugly” Clinic held on April 27/28.

The Induction dinner will start off with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and continue into dinner at 6:30 and the night will cost 50$ per person. Reservations must be made by April 8th, so sign up soon. Reservations can be made at www.tripleayouthfoundation.org under “Events." For more information, contact Maria Steinbach at msteinbach60@gmail.com.

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