Patrick John McEnroe is a former professional tennis player and the former captain of the United States Davis Cup team. Born in Manhasset, New York, he is John McEnroe's youngest brother, he won 16 doubles titles, including the 1989 French Open Men's Doubles. His career-high rankings were World No. 28 in singles and World No. 3 in doubles. McEnroe started playing tennis as a young boy and was taught at the Port Washington Tennis Academy, where his brother John played; as a junior, McEnroe reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the US Open boys' singles in 1983. He partnered Luke Jensen to win the French Junior doubles and the USTA Boys' 18 National and Clay Court titles in 1984, he made his first impact on the professional tour that year, teaming up with brother John to win the doubles title at Richmond, Virginia. He won the Men's Doubles Gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games with Jensen, helped Stanford University win the NCAA team championship in 1986 and 1988. While at Stanford, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
McEnroe graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a degree in political science, joined the professional tennis tour. In 1989, McEnroe won the French Open Men's Doubles title and the Masters doubles title partnering with Jim Grabb, his first career singles final came in 1991 at Chicago, where he faced his brother John, who won the match 3–6, 6–2, 6–4. McEnroe's best Grand Slam singles performance came at the 1991 Australian Open, where he reached the semi-finals before being knocked-out by eventual-champion Boris Becker, he was runner-up in the men's doubles at the Australian Open that year, partnering with his former Stanford teammate David Wheaton. McEnroe won the men's singles at the Sydney Outdoor Championships in 1995, to claim his only career singles title, he had some notable Grand Slam singles results that year – beating Boris Becker in the first round of the Australian Open, reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open where he lost to Becker in an epic four-hour and seven-minute four-set marathon.
McEnroe acted catalyst of fellow tennis champion Jimmy Connors's run during the 1991 U. S. Open. In the first Round of the 1991 U. S. Open, McEnroe led Connors two sets and 3–0 in the third set but Connors came back to win in 5 sets, walking off the court at 1:35 in the morning, after 4 hours and 18 minutes of play. McEnroe retired from the professional tour in 1998. In the Davis Cup, McEnroe represented his country as a doubles player in 1993, 1994 and 1996, compiling a 3–1 record. In 2000, after older-brother John resigned following an unhappy 14-month spell as Captain, he was named the 38th Captain of the United States Davis Cup team. With McEnroe as captain, the Davis Cup team won the Cup for the U. S. in December 2007. He resigned the position of team captain on September 6, 2010, his time as captain is the longest of any US Davis Cup captain. In 2008, McEnroe became General Manager of USTA Player Development. A series of mandates aimed at promoting junior tennis, including a requirement that all players age 10 and under compete on miniature courts using new lightweight "green dot" tennis balls, have been controversial.
The smaller format is designed to make tennis more accessible to children but critics argue that it will inhibit development. Coach Robert Lansdorp said in September 2013 that the format "is wrong for the talented players" that become champions and noted that Maria Sharapova, Monica Seles and the Williams sisters were competing on regular courts by age 7. In 2012 tennis coach Wayne Bryan, father of the Bryan Brothers, wrote a letter expressing concern about the effects USTA mandates were having on players and coaches around the country. McEnroe responded, calling Bryan's criticisms "scattershot" and "filled with holes and half truths". At the December 2012 "Riv It Up" USPTA Education Event held at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, professional coaches united to support Bryan in a "packed" meeting with USTA director Craig Jones that drew attendees from as far away as Arizona. FOX News commentator Sean Hannity, the father of two junior players, posted his own analysis online "urging the immediate reversal of the USTA's new rules for juniors competition".
Former world #1 John McEnroe, owner of Sportime Tennis Center on Randalls Island, New York, agrees that the tennis federation his younger brother Patrick advocates is unlikely to produce a champion. On September 3, 2014, Patrick McEnroe was relieved of his duties as Head of Player Development for the USTA. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated reports McEnroe was "forced out of his job" after a six-year tenure The announcement was made during the US Open Tennis Championship in Flushing Meadows, New York, where for the second consecutive year, only the second time in its 134-year history, no American men advanced past the third round, it is the latest indicator that the United States has lost its place in the upper echelon of professional tennis. The last American man to win a Grand Slam title was Andy Roddick in 2003. On April 5, 2015, Martin Blackman was announced as the new Head of Player Development for the USTA. On December 19, 1998, he married actress Melissa Errico, they have Victoria Penny and twins Juliette Beatrice and Diana Katherine.
His career-high singles ranking was World No. 28 in 1995
Intercollegiate Tennis Association
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is an organization of tennis coaches and players at the college level in the United States. The membership includes people from NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA and Junior/Community College schools; the head office is located in Arizona. The association was founded in June 1956 by 20 men's coaches at NCAA Division I schools; the association was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association from 1958 until July 1992. The group sanctions collegiate tournaments and sponsors eight national championships, using funding received from major corporate sponsors; the ITA instituted a range of honors for players and coaches starting in the late 1970s. The ITA office is responsible for producing national and regional rankings for teams and doubles for all classifications; the rankings are an important determining factor for NCAA team and individual qualification, as well as individual awards. The ITA uses Universal Tennis Rating as its official system of rating the skill level of players.
Former Princeton tennis coach David Benjamin became the head of the organization since 1979, first as the elected president before serving as the executive director from 1983 to 2016. Since 2016, the ITA headquarters has been located in Tempe, near the Arizona State University campus; the current executive director is Dr. Timothy Russell. Except for the NCAA Championships, the ITA is responsible for organizing the other national collegiate tennis championships during the school year. Today, the ITA runs many of its tournaments in conjunction with the United States Tennis Association. Since 2011, the USTA has hosted the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the indoor complex at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. ITA Team Championships: ITA National Team Indoor Championships ITA Individual Championships: ITA All-American Championships USTA/ITA National Small College Championships USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships ITA/USTA National Summer Championships Various national and regional awards are presented by ITA in recognition of outstanding performances in men and women college tennis each year.
The awards include: ITA National College Player of the Year Awards ITA/Arthur Ashe Awards for Leadership and Sportsmanship ITA Senior/Sophomore Player of the Year Awards Ted Farnsworth/ITA Men's Division I Player of the Year Awards ITA Rookie Player of the Year Awards ITA Player to Watch Awards ITA Scholar Athlete All-American Awards ITA All-Academic Team Awards Cissie Leary/ITA Award for Sportsmanship Rafael Osuna/ITA Award for Sportsmanship ITA Meritorious Service Award, presented by ConantLeadership ITA National Doubles Team of the Year Steve Wilkinson Team Sportsmanship Award ITA Collegiate All-Star Team USTA Collegiate Summer Team Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year Awards ITA Assistant Coach of the Year Awards ITA Most Improved Senior/Sophomore of the Year Award ITA Achievement Award The ITA Men's Hall of Fame is located at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens and the ITA Women's Hall of Fame is located at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame was created to "celebrate the milestones in women's collegiate tennis, from the early struggles for recognition to the achievement of full-fledged intercollegiate competition." ITA website ITA Women's Hall of Fame
John Patrick McEnroe Jr. is an American retired tennis player considered among the greatest in the history of the sport. He was known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills, as well as his confrontational on-court behavior that landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities. McEnroe attained the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles, finishing his career with 77 singles and 78 doubles titles. He won seven Grand Slam single titles, including four US Open titles and three Wimbledon titles, added nine men's Grand Slam doubles titles, his singles match record of 82–3 in 1984 remains the best single season win rate of the Open Era. McEnroe excelled at the year-end tournaments, winning eight singles and seven doubles titles, both of which are records. Three of his winning singles year-end championships were at the Masters Grand Prix and five were at the World Championship Tennis Finals, an event which ended in 1989. Since 2000, there has been only the ATP Finals, he was named the ATP Player of the Year and the ITF World Champion three times each: 1981, 1983 and 1984.
McEnroe contributed to five Davis Cup titles for the U. S. and served as team captain. He has stayed active in retirement competing in senior events on the ATP Champions Tour. For many years he has worked as a television commentator during the majors. McEnroe was born in Wiesbaden, West Germany to American parents, John Patrick McEnroe Sr. and his wife Kay, née Tresham. His father, the son of Irish immigrants, was at the time stationed with the United States Air Force. In 1960, the family moved to the New York City area, where McEnroe's father worked daytime as an advertising agent while attending Fordham Law School by night, he has two younger brothers: former professional tennis player Patrick. When he was about nine months old, the family moved to the Stewart Air Force Base in Newburgh, New York because his father was transferred back to the US. In 1961, they moved to Flushing, moving to Douglaston in 1963. McEnroe grew up in Douglaston, New York City, he started playing tennis. When he was nine, his parents enrolled him in the Eastern Lawn Tennis Association, he soon started playing regional tournaments.
He began competing in national juniors tournaments, at twelve—when he was ranked seventh in his age group—he joined the Port Washington Tennis Academy, Long Island, New York. McEnroe attended Trinity School and graduated in 1977; as an 18-year-old amateur in 1977, McEnroe won the mixed doubles at the French Open with Mary Carillo, made it through the qualifying tournament at Wimbledon and into the main draw, where he lost in the semifinals to Jimmy Connors in four sets. It was the best performance by a qualifier at a Grand Slam tournament and a record performance by an amateur in the open era. After Wimbledon in 1977, McEnroe was recruited by Coach Dick Gould and entered Stanford University, where, in 1978, he led the Stanford team to an NCAA championship, won the NCAA singles title. In 1978, he joined the ATP tour and signed his first professional endorsement deal, with Sergio Tacchini, he again advanced to the semifinals at this time the US Open, losing again to Connors. Following which, he proceeded to win five titles that year, including his first Masters Grand Prix, beating Arthur Ashe in straight sets, as well as Grand Prix events at Stockholm and Wembley.
His late season success allowed him to finish as the number four ranked player for the year. In 1979, McEnroe and partner Peter Fleming won the Wimbledon Doubles title, followed shortly by a win in the US Open Doubles; that same week, McEnroe won his first Grand Slam singles title. He defeated his friend Vitas Gerulaitis in straight sets in the final to become the youngest male winner of the singles title at the US Open since Pancho Gonzales, 20 in 1948, he won the prestigious season-ending WCT Finals, beating Björn Borg in four sets. McEnroe won 10 singles and 17 doubles titles that year finishing at number 3 in the ATP year-end rankings. At Wimbledon, McEnroe reached the 1980 Wimbledon Men's Singles final—his first final at Wimbledon—where he faced Björn Borg, gunning for his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. At the start of the final, McEnroe was booed by the crowd as he entered Centre Court following heated exchanges with officials during his semifinal victory over Jimmy Connors. In a fourth-set tiebreaker that lasted 20 minutes, McEnroe saved five match points and won 18–16.
McEnroe, could not break Borg's serve in the fifth set, which the Swede won 8–6. This match was called the best Wimbledon final by ESPN's countdown show "Who's Number One?" McEnroe exacted revenge two months beating Björn Borg in the five-set final of the 1980 US Open. He was a finalist at the season-ending WCT Finals and finished as the number 2 ranked player for the year behind only Borg. McEnroe remained controversial when he returned to Wimbledon in 1981. Following his first-round match against Tom Gullikson, McEnroe was fined U. S. $1,500 and came close to being thrown out after he called umpire Ted James "the pits of the world" and swore at tournament referee Fred Hoyles. He made famous the phrase "you cannot be serious", which years became the title of McEnroe's autobiography, by shouting it after several umpires' calls during his matches; this behavior was in s
Ventura High School
Ventura High School is a secondary school located in Ventura, California. The school is a California Distinguished School, it is part of the Ventura Unified School District. In 2012, French and Italian language teacher at VHS, Sebastien De Clerck was honored as a California Teacher of Year for 2013. Chris Beal, CIF Champion wrestler. "Chuck" Imbrecht, member of California State Assembly, 36th district Ventura High's music department has an Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, a Vocal Jazz Ensemble, a Wind Ensemble, a Symphonic Band, a String Orchestra, a Global String Ensemble and a pep-band, open to all music students and plays at sporting events. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble was added in the 2018-2019 year, consists of members of the Instrumental Jazz Ensemble and vocalists from all around the school. Both the Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra have earned distinction nationwide at invitational music festivals Boston, New York and most in 2015 at the NAI Invitational Festival in Chicago, Illinois in which both groups won first place gold superior in their divisions and String Orchestra won the entire competition.
The Global String Ensemble is both the intermediate level orchestra which performs basic high school string ensemble repertoire as well as traditional Mariachi ensemble repertoire. The department has an Honors String Quartet chosen every year that has earned distinction nationwide at District and State Festivals. Most in the 2014-2015 school year, the school reestablished a Ventura Unified School District Youth Symphony. David Hess is the athletic director; the school has 21 varsity teams. Its primary rival is Buena High School in eastern Ventura; the stadium above the campus is named for alum Mike Larrabee. The football field is named for alum Eric "E-Rock" Turner; the gymnasium is named for former coach Bob Tuttle. School Website Journalism and Yearbook Information Cougars' Home Field
Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each. Each player uses a tennis racket, strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court; the object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player, unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will. Tennis is played at all levels of society and at all ages; the sport can be played by anyone. The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century as lawn tennis, it had close connections both to various field games such as croquet and bowls as well as to the older racket sport today called real tennis. During most of the 19th century, in fact, the term tennis referred to real tennis, not lawn tennis; the rules of modern tennis have changed little since the 1890s. Two exceptions are that from 1908 to 1961 the server had to keep one foot on the ground at all times, the adoption of the tiebreak in the 1970s.
A recent addition to professional tennis has been the adoption of electronic review technology coupled with a point-challenge system, which allows a player to contest the line call of a point, a system known as Hawk-Eye. Tennis is played by millions of recreational players and is a popular worldwide spectator sport; the four Grand Slam tournaments are popular: the Australian Open played on hard courts, the French Open played on red clay courts, Wimbledon played on grass courts, the US Open played on hard courts. Historians believe that the game's ancient origin lay in 12th century northern France, where a ball was struck with the palm of the hand. Louis X of France was a keen player of jeu de paume, which evolved into real tennis, became notable as the first person to construct indoor tennis courts in the modern style. Louis was unhappy with playing tennis outdoors and accordingly had indoor, enclosed courts made in Paris "around the end of the 13th century". In due course this design spread across royal palaces all over Europe.
In June 1316 at Vincennes, Val-de-Marne and following a exhausting game, Louis drank a large quantity of cooled wine and subsequently died of either pneumonia or pleurisy, although there was suspicion of poisoning. Because of the contemporary accounts of his death, Louis X is history's first tennis player known by name. Another of the early enthusiasts of the game was King Charles V of France, who had a court set up at the Louvre Palace, it wasn't until the 16th century that rackets came into use, the game began to be called "tennis", from the French term tenez, which can be translated as "hold!", "receive!" or "take!", an interjection used as a call from the server to his opponent. It was popular in England and France, although the game was only played indoors where the ball could be hit off the wall. Henry VIII of England was a big fan of this game, now known as real tennis. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, as real tennis declined, new racket sports emerged in England. Further, the patenting of the first lawn mower in 1830, in Britain, is believed to have been the catalyst, for the preparation of modern-style grass courts, sporting ovals, playing fields, greens, etc.
This in turn led to the codification of modern rules for many sports, including lawn tennis, most football codes, lawn bowls and others. Between 1859 and 1865 Harry Gem, a solicitor and his friend Augurio Perera developed a game that combined elements of racquets and the Basque ball game pelota, which they played on Perera's croquet lawn in Birmingham, United Kingdom. In 1872, along with two local doctors, they founded the world's first tennis club on Avenue Road, Leamington Spa; this is. After Leamington, the second club to take up the game of lawn tennis appears to have been the Edgbaston Archery and Croquet Society in Birmingham. In Tennis: A Cultural History, Heiner Gillmeister reveals that on December 8, 1874, British army officer Walter Clopton Wingfield wrote to Harry Gem, commenting that he had been experimenting with his version of lawn tennis “for a year and a half”. In December 1873, Wingfield designed and patented a game which he called sphairistikè, was soon known as "sticky" – for the amusement of guests at a garden party on his friend's estate of Nantclwyd Hall, in Llanelidan, Wales.
According to R. D. C. Evans, turfgrass agronomist, "Sports historians all agree that deserves much of the credit for the development of modern tennis." According to Honor Godfrey, museum curator at Wimbledon, Wingfield "popularized this game enormously. He produced a boxed set which included a net, rackets, balls for playing the game – and most you had his rules, he was terrific at marketing and he sent his game all over the world. He had good connections with the clergy, the law profession, the aristocracy and he sent thousands of sets out in the first year or so, in 1874." The world's oldest annual tennis tournament took place at Leamington Lawn Tennis Club in Birmingham in 1874. This was three years before the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club would hold its first championships at Wimbledon, in 1877; the first Championships culminated a significant debate on. In the U. S. in 1874 Mary Ewing Outerbridge, a young socialite, returned from Bermuda with a sphairistikè set. She became fascin
International Tennis Hall of Fame
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It honors players and contributors to the sport of tennis and includes a museum, grass tennis courts, an indoor tennis facility, a court tennis facility; the hall of fame and museum are located in the Newport Casino, commissioned in 1879 by James Gordon Bennett Jr. as an exclusive resort for wealthy Newport summer residents, was designed by Charles McKim along with Stanford White, who did the interiors. In 1881, the Real Tennis Court and the Casino Theatre were constructed at the east end of the campus; the club was opened on July 1, 1880 after just a six month construction period and became a fashionable venue for Newport Summer residents. The United States Lawn Tennis Association had held its first championships at the Newport Casino in 1881, an event that would continue through 1914, by which time tennis had become the key attraction at the resort. However, by the 1950s, the retreat was struggling financially and was in danger of being demolished for modern retail space, but the building was purchased and saved by Jimmy Van Alen, a wealthy Newport summer resident and sportsman, his wife Candy.
In 1954, Jimmy Van Alen established the Tennis Hall of Museum in the Casino. The combination of tennis matches and the museum allowed the building to be saved, it is an example of Victorian Shingle Style architecture. Van Alen intended the facility to be "a shrine to the ideals of the game", was elected president of the hall in 1957; the International Tennis Hall of Fame was sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association on its foundation in 1954, recognized by the International Tennis Federation in 1986. The first Hall of Fame members were inducted in 1955. Martina Hingis became the first Global Ambassador for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015; the current Board of Governors includes former professional tennis players Todd Martin, Stan Smith and Katrina Adams. The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts and memorabilia – including videos, audio recordings, tennis equipment and apparel and art – highlighting the history of tennis from its origins up through the modern era.
The collection is displayed year-round in the museum's 13,000 square feet of exhibit space. For a description of each award and a list of its recipients, see footnote. Chairman's Award Davis Cup Award of Excellence Eugene L. Scott Award Fed Cup Award of Excellence Golden Achievement Award Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Award Samuel Hardy Award Tennis Educational Merit Award The Hall of Fame hosts several tournaments, including the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Part of the men's ATP World Tour, the tournament is the only grass court event in North America. Top male players come to Newport directly from Wimbledon to compete for the Van Alen Cup at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Past champions include Americans John Isner, Mardy Fish, as well as two-time champion Fabrice Santoro of France. For a list of inductees—alphabetically, by country, by year of induction—see footnote. Note: Inductees are listed below in two categories. Note - Bob Hewitt of South Africa was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992, but he was suspended indefinitely in 2012 and expelled from the Hall in 2016 after being convicted of child sexual offences.
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A varsity letter is an award earned in the United States for excellence in school activities. A varsity letter signifies that its winner was a qualified varsity team member, awarded after a certain standard was met; the award letter is made in the colors and initials representing the school that the recipient attends. The letter patch is constructed of chenille and felt materials. Standard sizes range from 4 inches to 8 inches. While 4 inches and 5 inches denote Junior Varsity achievements, 6 inches to 8 inches would denote full Varsity; the stitching style used for creating the chenille look is called a moss stitch, while the outlining sew down is called a chain stitch. With the advent of organized sports, there was a need for uniforms. There was an additional need for identifications, satisfied by the use of emblems or letters. In 1865, the Harvard baseball team added an Old English'H'. The'H' was embroidered on the gray flannel shirt; the football team started to use the'H' in 1875. For 25 years following the introduction in 1865 of the letter, it was the practice for the team captain to allow certain players who played in the most important games to keep the'H' jerseys as an award.
If a player did not play in an important game, the player had to return the jersey at the end of the season. Awarding the'H' jersey may have been the birth of the varsity letter as an award; the letterman sweater was first used by the 1891 "Nine" and was black with a small Crimson'H' on the left breast. It is not known; the earliest known example of a letter sweater in a high school is found in the 1911 yearbook of Phoenix Union High School, Arizona Territory. A student in a group photo is pictured, not in football uniform, wearing a V-neck sweater with the letter'P' on the left side; the sweater seems to be the home of the award letter from the 1890s until the 1930s. Another award during the 1920s and 1930s was a stadium style blanket given as an award. In the 1930s, the letter award started to appear on wool-bodied jackets; the jackets from the 1930s were different in design than today's modern jacket. As a decorative clothing item, the varsity letter has a huge number of variations and no set standard is made to any school on how it should look.
Chenille letters shapes. Some institutions use Old English or script style, two or three letter monogram, 3D shading, chenille bordered or the traditional straight block style. Students receive only one actual letter, but can win the distinction multiple times; these additional designations are shown by adding embroidered sport insignias, modeled metal insert pins, or bars that are attached to the letter. Some schools may embroider non-athletic letters with their award title, such as "Academics" or "Arts"; the chenille letter is traditionally placed on the left chest of the varsity jacket, at times adorned with championship chenille patches showcasing the team or individual accomplishments. School mascot patches are commonly used. During the 1980s, again in the 2010s, varsity jackets have been adopted into hip-hop fashion, with companies such as Avirex, Phat Farm and Rocawear making their own variations. Letterman Sporting colours