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Stan Smith is Selected for Southern Tennis Hall of Fame

November 1, 2006 03:16 PM

South Carolina’s own Stan Smith has been selected for induction into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame. The 2007 induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2007 at the Westin in Atlanta, GA. Stan Smith is not only a legend throughout the Southern Section, but is highly touted as one of the best male tennis players to ever play the game. With numerous titles on his resume, Smith’s career has been one for the record books, but perhaps he is best known for his legacy of sportsmanship and dedication to the game.
Smith grew up in Southern California and was a three time All-American at the University of Southern California, winning the U.S Intercollegiate singles in 1968 and doubles with Bob Lutz in 1967 and 1968. After graduating with a finance degree, Smith went on to dominate the professional tour in the early 1970’s. He secured the number one ranking in the world in 1971 and 1972, and was the United States' top ranked player in 1969, 1971, 1972 and 1973. Smith captured the U.S. Open title in 1971 and Wimbledon title in 1972. Partnering once again with Bob Lutz, the pair won four U.S. Open doubles titles, one Australian Open championship, and appeared in eight other grand slam finals. They are the only doubles team in tennis history to win U.S national titles on grass, clay, hard-court and indoor surfaces.

Young Stan Smith

In 1968, Smith began his run representing the United States in the Davis Cup. During this 11 year span he had 24 matches (winning 22) and went home with seven Cup victories. Between 1967 and 1980, Smith found himself ranked among the United States' top ten tennis players 11 times with six of the years being consecutive. Smith won the 35-and older title at Wimbledon in 1984 and 1985, and at the U.S. Open in 1984. He also won the 55-and over title at the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2004.
Stan and his wife, Margie moved to Hilton Head, SC in the late 1970’s and Smith launched into a coaching career. He served as the Director of Coaching for the USTA Player Development Program from 1988 to 1995 where he was involved in the development of players such as Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Mike & Bob Bryan, Todd Martin, Chanda Rubin, MaliVai Washington and Chris Woodruff. In 2000, Smith was named head coach of the Men’s Olympic team competing in Sydney, Australia. Smith paired with Billy Stearns in 2002 and founded the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy at Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, SC. The Academy was designed to enhance individual junior player development and prepares junior players for collegiate and professional competition.
Adding to his long list of tennis accomplishments, he is also the name behind Adidas best selling tennis shoe. The “Stan Smith” tennis shoe has gone on to be one of the most popular shoes of all time, selling over 30 million.
Smith was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1985 and the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.