New England

USTANE Past President Inducted Into major Wingfield Society

James Maimonis, Communications and Engagement Coordinator  |  March 23, 2018

CARLSBAD, CA- Bob Greene, a USTA New England Past President and current member of the USTA National Strategic Planning Committee, joined a prestigious group on Saturday, March 17 in Carlsbad, CA. He, along with six other longtime tennis contributors, was inducted into the Major Wingfield Society, which was formed in 1976 in honor of Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, the founder of modern lawn tennis.


USTA Past President Stan Malless formed the group as an honor society to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the USTA at the national level.


“Of course I was honored to be inducted, however I was surprised at first because I had no knowledge of the Wingfield Society’s existence,” Greene said. “When society president Franklin Johnson explained the society’s history however, it was a pleasure to be inducted with other tennis volunteers whom are friends that I have known for many years. ADVERTISEMENT I was also very pleased to learn of the Wingfield Society’s charitable efforts, such as supporting the Wounded Warrior Tennis Program.”  


Greene was inducted alongside Dina Ingersole, Rex Maynard, Joyce Dreslin, Kevin Dowdell, Doug Wenger and Todd Martin.


“I did not see any other New England natives in the room, so that made it very special. It felt like our section was being honored and I just happened to be representing New England at the right time, and made the most of opportunities to serve the sport of tennis through the USTA,” Greene said.”


The induction ceremony coincided with the USTA’s Annual Meeting in Carlsbad.



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