Lucy S. Garvin
Lucy S. Garvin has served on the USTA Board of Directors for the past 11 years, completing a two-year term as Chairman of the Board and President in 2010. Previously, she served one two-year term as First Vice President, two consecutive two-year terms as Vice President and one term as a Director at Large. She currently serves as the Chair of the Major Construction Oversight Committee and of the Past President’s Committee.
During her term as USTA President, Garvin oversaw two of the most successful US Opens in history, both in terms of revenue and fan attendance, as well as unprecedented growth in recreational tennis participation and the implementation of 10 and Under Tennis, the USTA initiative designed to increase tennis participation among America’s youth. In addition, Garvin implemented a Strategic Vision Committee for the future of the BJK USTA National Tennis Center. Under Garvin’s leadership, the USTA established strong relationships with the military, including the Wounded Warriors, and with First Lady Michelle Obama "Let’s Move" initiative. In addition, the USTA hosted the 2010 ITF Annual General Meeting in Washington, D.C. Garvin’s theme of "Teamwork: One Team, One Goal," permeated the organization and created a unified effort of working together to grow the game.
While President, Garvin was elected to the ITF’s board of directors, on which she currently serves. She is also the Chairman of the ITF Junior Competitions Committee and a member of the ITF’s Development Advisers Group. She remains on the board of USTA Serves as well as the board of the National Public Parks Tennis Association. Garvin was also elected to the board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008.
After attaining her degree in nursing, Garvin made a career change in 1975 when she began working within the tennis industry at a facility in Greenville, S.C. She subsequently established a consulting business for the management and marketing of tennis facilities throughout the South.
As a volunteer, Garvin ascended to President of the USTA Southern Section, and she was inducted into the USTA Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. She also received the USTA Southern Section’s Jacobs Bowl Award in 1999 and the South Carolina President’s Award in 1998. In 1996, the South Carolina Tennis Association established the Lucy Garvin Volunteer of the Year Award in her honor, and she was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2010, she was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by the governor of South Carolina; it is the highest award given for an individual’s civic contribution.
Garvin and her husband, Bob, have two children, both of whom were ranked junior and collegiate players. The Garvins reside in Greer, S.C., where they are members of the USTA Southern Section.