Paul Shaw TO BE INDUCTED INTO USTA NEW ENGLAND HALL OF FAME
April 25, 2017
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MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENT PAUL SHAW SELECTED FOR USTA NEW ENGLAND TENNIS HALL OF FAME
NORWELL, MA- The United States Tennis Association (USTA) of New England has announced that former No. 1 ranked player Paul Shaw, of Norwell, MA, has been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
The ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 10 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.
“I feel deeply honored to be recognized and inducted by USTA New England,” Shaw said. “I am very grateful for a life time of friendships, team camaraderie, doubles partnerships and competitive spirit, promoted and embodied by the USTA.”
Shaw first picked up in tennis as an 11-year-old in Romania at a club frequented by tennis great Ilie Nastase. ADVERTISEMENT Because of his father’s job with the U.S. Department of State, Shaw’s childhood was spent throughout Europe, including high school in Geneva, Switzerland.
He came to the states for college where he attended Tufts University and played on their tennis team.
Shaw was always an avid player and competitor, but following college, tennis became an even greater part of his life. He has been playing USTA New England Tournaments for the past 40 years and has held top rankings in every major division. He’s compiled 15 No. 1 New England rankings in singles and doubles throughout seven age divisions and also achieved four top-10 national rankings in doubles and father/son.
Shaw captained and competed on numerous Friendship Cup and Atlantic Coast Cup teams and picked up a Bronze Ball at the National Father/Son Indoor Championships with his son Will, one of his proudest moments as a player and father.
“Tennis has been a huge part of my life, not just me but for my family as well. I play because I enjoy it and it’s a great way to stay in shape, and I never thought I’d be playing this level of competition at this age,” the 66-year-old Shaw said.
“I’m thrilled and this is a tremendous honor to get into the Hall of Fame. It became an aspiration of mine later in life, and even with lots of friends getting in, I didn’t think I’d get there, so I’m extremely grateful to be joining them as well as the other greats,” Shaw said.
Shaw currently owns a No. 4 ranking nationally in 65 doubles with partner George Deptula.
He will be presented in Newport on June 10 by longtime friend and doubles partner, Rob Miller, with whom he co-captained the Friendship Cup teams and achieved top rankings.
USTA New England Hall of Fame
The USTA New England Hall of Fame exists to recognize those tennis players and non-players in New England whose achievements as sportsmen or sportswomen are worthy of the highest commendation and recognition, or whose contributions as officials or individuals in a tennis-related activity have been so outstanding over a significant period of time as to justify the highest commendation and recognition.
About USTA New England
USTA New England, one of 17 regional sections across the country that comprise the United States Tennis Association (USTA), is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting and developing the growth of tennis and increasing participation in the sport in New England by offering quality recreational and competitive programs for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit www.ustanewengland.com.