Rossmore resident Anne White will be inducted in the 2015 United States Tennis Association Midwest Section Hall of Fame in a ceremony next month in Chicago. The induction ceremony will take place February 5, 2016 at the Chicago Renaissance Hotel in downtown Chicago during the USTA/Midwest Section’s 122nd Annual Meeting.
White competed on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for 7 years. She finished 1987 ranked a career high No. 19 in singles and a career high No. 9 in doubles. White captured eight WTA doubles titles and one singles title during her career which included a doubles title in 1986 with Chris Evert in Hilton Head, and a singles title in Phoenix in 1987. White won four doubles titles in 1984 which included Houston, Palm Beach Gardens, Dallas and Birmingham.
White reached the 1984 US Open Doubles Semifinals and the 1985 French Open Doubles Semifinals with partner Betsy Nagelsen, and the 1985 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals with partner Eliot Teltscher. White won three Gold Balls in one day in 1980 at the US Amateur Clay Court Championships in Pittsburgh by capturing the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles.
During her collegiate career, White helped the University of Southern California capture the 1980 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Collegiate title where she won the doubles competition. She was named a two-time All-American player for singles and doubles. As a junior player, White won the US Girls’ 18 Indoor Doubles title with partner Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels. She finished her junior career with a No. 7 ranking in USTA Girls’ 18 in 1979. White competed on the United States Wightman Cup team in 1985 and 1986.
White is most well-known for wearing a white, one-piece, lycra body suit in a first round match at Wimbledon in 1985 against Pam Shriver. The outfit attracted a lot of attention from the crowd and photographers. With the match tied at one set all, play was stopped for the day because of bad light, and the umpire, Alan Mills, told her to wear more appropriate clothing the next day. She did so, and lost the third set, but the incident was widely reported.
“In those days, it was very cold at Wimbledon and there weren’t that many options for women,” White told the Buzz.
These days White is active in supporting local community programs for youth. Last month she hosted an event for the Hollywood Boys and Girls Club where she serves as a member of the board of directors. A member of the Los Angeles Tennis Club, White graciously plays with members and offers suggestions to improve their game.
“I enjoy playing with friends and if I can encourage them with some pointers to improve their game all the better!” White told the Buzz.
White is also working on a biopic with good friend, Jill Mazursky about Nick Bollettieri, her former coach and his famous tennis academy in Bradenton, Florida which produced such tennis greats as Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Jim Courier. White has already filmed an interview with Boris Becker, another Bollettieri alum who is now coaching world ranked number 1 player Novak Djkovic.
The 2015 Class of Inductees includes:
- Anne White (formerly Charleston, W.V.) – competed on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for 11 years capturing eight doubles titles and one singles title
- Arthur Nielsen, Sr. (posthumously from Winnetka, Ill.) – philanthropist with a passion for tennis development who also participated competitively in the sport of tennis as a national level player
- Jerry Morse-Karzen (Wilmette, Ill.) – top nationally ranked player winning four USTA National Father & Son titles with his father, 28 USTA National Father & Son titles with his son, and 12 USTA National Father & Daughter titles with his daughter as well as being a teaching professional
- Phil Landauer (formerly Columbus, Ohio) – top nationally ranked player who has won 10 USTA National Championships singles titles and 26 USTA National Championships doubles titles
- Neal Newman (Columbus, Ohio) – top nationally ranked player who has won 40 USTA National Championships doubles titles
Our USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation (USTA/MTEF) will host a Charity Gala at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Chicago on Friday, February, 5, 2016. All proceeds from the Charity Gala benefit USTA/MTEF. Its current mission is, ‘to develop the life skills of youth through tennis and education.’ The Charity Gala includes a silent auction, program book, and other fundraising opportunities.
USTA/MTEF provides grants to junior players in need of assistance looking to advance their tennis skills, scholarships to high school seniors needing assistance to attend college, and grants to community based programs in need of initial funding to offer tennis and educational opportunities to its youth. In addition to providing grants and scholarships, USTA/MTEF funds local camps and initiatives for youth from diverse backgrounds. It also funds junior players competing in team competitions representing the Midwest against teams from other areas around the country. USTA/MTEF has awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants and scholarships to juniors and programs.
USTA/MTEF is excited to announce an expanded mission starting in 2017 to service adult populations including Adaptive Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis, and Wounded Warriors. USTA/MTEF currently services youth and will expand to also service specific adult populations throughout a five and a half state area which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and portions of Kentucky and West Virginia.