James Henry Van Alen II was an American tennis official. He is best known for being the founder of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the largest tennis museum in the world. A poet, publisher, civic leader and raconteur, Jimmy Van Alen achieved his greatest renown in tennis, his greatest legacies are as the inventor of the tiebreak in tennis, as founder and primary benefactor of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum at the Newport Casino, which he gave to the United States Tennis Association in 1954, saving the national landmark from a proposed car park. Van Alen was born on September 19, 1902, in Newport, Rhode Island, United States, to James Laurens Van Alen and Margaret Louise Post, his paternal grandparents were James John Van Emily Astor of the Astor family. These and other details are found in his 2010 biographyHe graduated in 1924 from Cambridge University where he was a member of Christ's College and won his blue for Lawn Tennis, he was a member of the Hawks' Club in Cambridge where the main lounge is named the'Jimmy Van Alen Room'.
He was a national singles and doubles champion in court tennis. He helped found the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1954 at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. One of his contributions to the game was the development of the Van Alen Streamlined Scoring System which, among other elements, advocated a sudden-death tie breaker to end prolonged sets and matches. Van Alen promoted his system and in 1970 the U. S Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to introduce, on the tie-break, it was a best-of-nine-points, sudden death tie-break which made it possible to have simultaneous match points for both players. Via a few intermediary steps, he was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1965. He was a great fan of Clement C. Moore's famous poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas, more known as Twas the Night Before Christmas, he purchased and restored the Clement C. Moore house on Catherine Street in Newport, RI and would make an annual public reading of the poem to children during the Christmas season.
He died after striking his head in a fall at his home on July 3, 1991. He is buried with his wife at the Berkeley Memorial Cemetery at Saint Columba's Chapel in Middletown, Rhode Island. Two days after his death, on July 5, 1991, in a Wimbledon semifinal, Stefan Edberg lost to Michael Stich 6–4, 6–7, 6–7, 6–7. Edberg did not lose serve. After hearing of Van Alen's death, Edberg said: "If he hadn't lived, Michael and I might still be out there playing". President, Newport Casino 1952 President/Founder of National Hall of Fame Inventor of the first tie breaker Inventor of VASSS National Court Tennis singles and doubles champion. Jimmy Van Alen at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
The João Leite River is a river of Goiás state in central Brazil. It is a tributary of the Meia Ponte River. In May 1994 part of the Altamiro de Moura Pacheco State Park was removed to make way for the Ribeirão João Leite Reservoir, planned to supply water to the Metropolitan Region of Goiânia, the state capital; the park was reduced in size to 2,132 hectares. The João Leite Reservoir provides water for over one million people. State law 18.462 of 9 May 2014 created the João Leite State Park with an area of 2,832 hectares from part of the area taken for the reservoir. The two parks now total 4,964 hectares. In February 2015 the head of the state office for environmental crimes warned that 23 springs that feed the Ribeirão João Leite can no longer be recovered; the river has 491 springs in total, of which 70 are protected. Unless action was taken to protect the remaining springs, the reservoir would dry up in a few years. Farmers have been cooperating with efforts to recover the environment around the remaining springs.