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judy_leveringJudy Levering began learning tennis from her parents as a child in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended Northwestern University where she was an active member of the Women’s Athletic Association. Judy was inducted into the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, and was made a member of the ‘N’ Club. Judy currently splits her residence between Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She has spent over 35 years growing the sport of tennis at the community, state, section, national and international levels.

Following 15 years of volunteer service to tennis, Levering was elected to the USTA Board of Directors in 1994, serving as the First Vice President in 1997 and 1998, and the first female President in the USTA’s 118-year history in 1999 and 2000. She was instrumental in creating USTA Serves, a national charitable foundation of the USTA which is now known as the USTA Foundation. One of her most notable legacies is the naming of the US Open stadium at Flushing Meadows after Arthur Ashe.

Levering was the 1995 USTA Service Bowl Recipient, an award given to the person who “makes the most notable contribution to the sportsmanship, fellowship and service of tennis.” She has served on the Board of Trustees for the SC Tennis Patrons Foundation and was recognized as the USTA SC Adult Player of the Year in 2007.

Upon moving to Hilton Head in 1999, Levering became involved in the Senior Cup Competition where she represented South Carolina for many years. She played on several Southern teams in the annual Intersectional Competition and also participated in League play at the 4.5 level every year from 2002-2014, advancing to Sectionals and Nationals.

The Judy Levering Leadership Initiative (JLLI) was established to honor Judy and funds the local grassroots leadership needed to help developing chapters become established youth development institutions in their community. 

Levering is the epitome of sportsmanship, striving to bring tennis to all levels, clubs, public parks, and recreational programs. She is gracious when winning and in defeat. She is known for her never-say-die attitude on the court, her cheerful personality, and her love for the game. “Judy has had many, many accomplishments throughout her years of serving our sport,” said Lucy S. Garvin, USTA President from 2009-2010. “One of the most significant was when as President of the USTA in 1999-2000, Judy determined the US Open could and should become a major entertainment event. To that end, she hired Arlen Kantarian as Chief Executive of Professional Tennis and the rest is history. Arlen accomplished tremendous success for the U.S. Open and the USTA continues to benefit financially from the foresight that Judy had and the courage to it put in place.”