Class of 2004 to be inducted into ITA Women's
Hall of Fame this Saturday, Sept. 18
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Class of 2004
will be inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women's
Hall of Fame at the College of William & Mary this Saturday, September 18.
The late Mark McCormack will be honored at this year's ceremonies, which are
the first since his death last May. The ITA Women's Hall of Fame opened in
1995 thanks to a generous donation from McCormack and his wife Betsy Nagelsen.
It is housed at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center on the William & Mary
campus. Tennis great Monica Seles will be on hand to help pay tribute to
McCormack. Seles also attended the first induction ceremony in 1995.
The ITA Women's Hall of Fame Class of 2004 consists of: Barbara Scofield
Davidson (Miami-Fla.), Dr. Belmar Gunderson (UNC-Greensboro), Barbara Jordan
(Stanford) and Kathy Jordan (Stanford).
Every two years, the ITA Women's Hall of Fame enshrines exceptional players,
coaches and contributors in women's intercollegiate tennis. The ITA Hall of
Fame Committee selects inductees from the following categories: (1)
outstanding collegiate players; (2) players who attended college and later had
a significant impact on women's tennis; (3) outstanding collegiate coaches;
and (4) individuals or corporations that played a major role in the
development of women's intercollegiate tennis. Millie West serves as curator
for the Hall of Fame.
Davidson, who resides in Palm Beach, Fla., and Milwaukee, was ranked in the
top ten in the world five times between 1947-52. Her biggest year was in 1949
when she won the California State Championship; defeated Maureen Connelly in
the U.S. Championship; and swept the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles
at the Championships of South America. In 1950 she reached a career high of
No. 5 in the world. Davidson continues to be active in tennis and was ranked
No. 2 nationally among players in their seventies in 1998.
Dr. Gunderson, who lives in Geneva, Fla., and
River Falls, Wis., competed in ten U.S. Championships, three Wimbledons, and
one French Championship. She remains competitive today, having won 11 national
doubles titles in three different senior age groups since 1994. Gunderson's
legacy is not just to tennis, but to all women's athletics. When she went back
to school as a teacher and coach, she used her competitive spirit to improve
women's sports. She established the first women's extramurals sports programs
at the University of Minnesota when she joined the faculty in 1962. She was
the first official coach of the women's tennis team and oversaw the creation
of 10 women's varsity sports and fought to increase the women's sports' budget
to $330,000 when she left the school in 1977.
The Jordan sisters were both champions at Stanford. Barbara was a three-time
All-American for the Cardinal and won the AIAW doubles title with younger
sister Kathy in 1978. Prior to Stanford she was a dominant force in the USTA/Middle
States Section, not losing a singles match in her age group between age 13 and
18. At the pro level she reached No. 37 in the WTA Rankings and was the only
American woman during the seventies to win the Australian Open singles titles
(in 1979). She also served on the WTA Board of Directors and was honored with
the WTA's Player Service Award. She resides in Redwood City, Calif.
Kathy, who lives not far from the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, Calif., and
Barbara helped Stanford to the AIAW team championship in 1978. A year later
Kathy swept the AIAW singles and doubles titles. After her sophomore year,
Kathy found success on the pro circuit, claiming victories over Chris Evert,
Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, and Tracy Austin and reaching as high as No.
5 in the world. She won seven Grand Slam doubles titles, including three at
Wimbledon. Like her sister, Kathy has worked hard to advance women's tennis.
She served as Secretary and Vice President of the WTA Board of Directors;
helped initiate the circuit's first drug-testing policy; with the help of her
father, Robert, started the first retirement plan for women's professional
tennis players; and cofounded what would become the Advanta Championships in
Philadelphia. She received WTA's Player Service Award in 1991.