Class of 2005 to be inducted into ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame May 25

 

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) will induct six new members into its ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame on May 25 during the NCAA Championships at Texas A&M University.

 

ITA Men's Hall of Fame Class of 2005 (l-r): Mike Estep, Jim Osborne and Sammy Giammalva

The Class of 2005 consists of: players Mike Estep (Rice), Sammy Giammalva (Texas), Paul Haarhuis (Florida State and Armstrong Atlantic), Jim Osborne (Utah) and John Sadri (NC State), and contributor Frank Phelps (Hamilton College). The induction ceremony will take place at the Hilton Hotel in College Station.

 

Players are eligible for election to the ITA Hall of Fame 15 years after their last collegiate match and coaches are eligible following retirement (Haarhuis, Osborne and Sadri were eligible for induction last year but could not participate in the 2004 ceremonies due to scheduling conflicts). The main criteria for election are college accomplishments as well as honors earned after college. College tennis legend Dan Magill serves as curator for the ITA Hall of Fame, which is housed at the University of Georgia. 

 

Estep was a three-time ITA All-American at Rice from 1969-71, reaching the NCAA singles final in '69 and semifinals in '70. He was also an Orange Bowl champion as a junior player in '67, but some of his greatest notoriety came from coaching Martin Navratilova during her prime from '83-86.

 

Giammalva reached the NCAA doubles final in '55 and singles final in '57 (losing in five sets to Michigan's Barry MacKay) while at Texas. He won three straight Southwest Conference singles titles from '56-58 and was also a member of the U.S. Davis Cup squad during this time. He coached at Rice for 14 years, leading the Owls to 10 SWC crowns and two second-place NCAA tournament finishes. Fellow HOF inductee Estep was one of his top players.

 

Haarhuis is one of only six players to win all four Grand Slam doubles titles. He won seven Grand Slam doubles titles during his career, including the French Open three times. He was also ranked in the top 20 in singles, with wins over John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Pete Sampras. In two years at Florida State he recorded a 72-9 record and both years was named Metro Conference MVP and qualified for the NCAA singles tournament.

 

Sadri was on the losing end in one of the most memorable NCAA singles finals, falling to Stanford freshman John McEnroe 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 in '78. Sadri, who served 24 aces against McEnroe in that final, was an ITA All-American in '77 and '78 for NC State. As a pro, he reached the '79 Australian Open singles final and its doubles finals in '81 and '82.

 

Osborne was an ITA All-American for Utah from '65-67. After college he was ranked in the U.S. top 10 in singles from '68-70. He was a member of the '68 U.S. Davis Cup team and also won a bronze medal at the '68 Olympics in Mexico City. Osborne enjoyed a successful career as BYU coach from '88-03 and served as chairman for the ITA Awards Committee during this time as well.

 

Phelps is being inducted as a contributor. He has been an invaluable resource for the ITA Men's Hall of Fame, providing information since its inception in '83. The foremost tennis historian in the U.S., he has authored more than 100 biographies of American Lawn Tennis leaders. A captain of the tennis team while at Hamilton (N.Y.) College, he was also the recipient of the Society of American Baseball Research Award in '91.


The ITA Men's Tennis Hall of Fame, which includes over 1,800 rare photos, inducted its first class in 1983 and has inducted more than 160 players, coaches and contributors since then. Members include the late Arthur Ashe (UCLA), Jimmy Connors (UCLA), John McEnroe (Stanford) and Stan Smith (Southern California). The ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame is located at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.