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2020 USTA Alabama Hall of Fame Inductees and Hubert Kessler Inspiration Cup Award

 

2020 USTA Alabama Hall of Fame Inductees and Hubert Kessler Inspiration Cup Award.

Greg_HendersonGreg Henderson, from Albertville, Alabama played school tennis for his high school team, played collegiate tennis for Jeff State under hall of Fame coach Bal Moore, and finished his college career at UNLV  Greg was the volunteer tennis coach for 17 years at his high school, with many of his students becoming lifetime tennis players and teachers themselves.  Sixteen years ago, Greg convinced the city of Albertville to build 9 tennis courts, and now is in the process of adding more hard courts and clay courts. In 2016 Greg was named the 

“Citizen of the Year” in Albertville.  Greg working alongside his son have trained 35 tennis players who have gone on to play collegiate tennis. Greg will be introduced into the Hall of Fame by his Jeff State Coach, Bal Moore, whom he credits for improving all aspects of his game. 

 

Flip_PhillipsCharles “Flip” Phillips played both Football and Tennis for Samford University.(Flip took up tennis when Samford closed its football program after winning the National Championship in 1973)  Flip is married to Patti Phillips, his wife of 36 years. Flip’s three stepchildren, grew up playing tennis, and benefitting from Flip’s tennis expertise.   Flip tennis career featured positions as Director of Tennis at Birmingham CC, Maryland Farms Racquet Club in Nashville, Wimbledon Racquet Club in Memphis, and taught at the Nick Bollettieri Academy.  Flip served as the Director of Junior tennis at the Lakeshore Foundation.  Many of his students have gone on to play collegiate and professional tennis.   Flip’s love of tennis endures, and after four decades of involvement he remains a ambassador, coach, and lifelong student of the game.

 

Eric_ShoreEric Shore - Retired in 2016, after a 26 year  career as the winningest tennis coach in Auburn University history with a record of 359-293.  Eric’s Auburn University Men’s Team achieved; five top finishes in the NCAA, progressed to two NCAA Elite 8’s, and had 20 All-American selections. 34 Auburn players from his teams have participated in NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, with the 2002 doubles team winning the NCAA Championship.   Auburn players under Eric’s coaching went on to become doubles Champions at Wimbledon, and the French Open.  Eric still serves the tennis Community in Auburn, as a highly respected Teaching Professional. 

 

joycegurichportrait-44_(002)Joyce Gurich -The Hubert Kessler Inspiration Cup is an award given to a person in the state of Alabama who volunteers for tennis in their community, and whom otherwise might not be recognized as an asset for USTA Alabama. This year’s award, 

goes to Joyce Gurich from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Joyce will be awarded the Hubert Kessler Inspiration Cup during the Hall of Fame Induction.
Joyce is a tremendous supporter of tennis inTuscaloosa.   She not only is generous from a financial standpoint but also willingly devotes her time to supporting tennis.    In addition, she supports all levels of tennis including youth tennis, adult tennis and Alabama tennis.       Joyce is the person responsible for getting sponsors for Keith's Classic.  A tennis tournament with the proceeds going to a local charity each year.    She has been doing this for over 10 years.   In 2018, $16,500 was given to the Humane Society of West Alabama and in 2019 $16,000 was raised for the Community Soup Bowl, Joyce was a major supporter of both. 

 

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