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2008 SC Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees

October 8, 2008 03:48 PM

The South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation and USTA South Carolina are proud to announce two new inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Max W. Grubbs and William (Will) Bull will be inducted at the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on December 13, 2008. Both inductees will have their portraits painted and enshrined in the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in Belton.
Max Wilton Grubbs of Anderson was a crucial force in the rise of tennis in the Anderson area of South Carolina. Grubbs lived in South Carolina nearly his whole life and dedicated himself to shaping the growing tennis population in his home town. In the 1930’s, upon return from a short residence in California, Grubbs found that the Belton Town Tennis Courts were being repaired and eagerly joined the effort to start a tennis tournament at the facility. From there he made sure that tennis blossomed in the Belton area. Max Grubbs

Grubbs was pivotal in establishing the Belton Tennis Club and in writing the club’s constitution and by-laws in 1948. Over the next decade he helped establish tennis as a way of life in Belton, through tournaments and membership in the United States Lawn Tennis Association, the predecessor to the USTA. The years of 1957 and ’58 were exciting years for Grubbs and the Anderson/Belton area. In 1957 Grubbs helped form the Palmetto Tennis Championships which have been run every year since and have become the most prestigious junior tournament in South Carolina. The next year Grubbs was named Athletic Director of Anderson College where he coached the men’s tennis team for nearly two decades.
During his tenure at Anderson College Max Grubbs had an incredible impact, both as a coach and as a mentor. In 1968 the team won the Western Carolina Junior College Tennis Conference Tournament and Grubbs won the Coach of the Year for the conference, the first time a tennis coach was named. In 1975 National Junior College Tennis Tournament the fifth ranked team won all nine titles (six singles and three doubles) and Grubbs was named Coach of the Year by both the Conference and National Tournaments. In 1977 the team had another great year and was in the running for a national title when tragedy struck. The college van was hit by a runaway truck while traveling to the conference tournament; Coach Grubbs and four of his players were killed.
Posthumously Grubbs has continued to be honored. Anderson College named their tennis courts in his memory, he was selected as Coach of the Year by the regional and National Junior College Associations and in 1981 Grubbs was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. Since that time the National Junior College Athletic Association has voted unanimously to name their Coach of the Year Award the ‘Max Grubbs Coach of the Year Award.’

William Wallace Bull of Myrtle Beach has influenced tennis on many levels. From player, to coach, to opponent, to mentor; few who have come into contact with Bull on the court can honestly say he hasn’t influenced their game. Bull had many outstanding accomplishments as a junior including national rankings of #1 in the Boy's 16's and a #2 in the Boy's 18's. He won five national junior championships. In the 1980’s he trained with some of the legends of the game including Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, and Jim Courier. On a state level Bull dominated; winning three consecutive titles at the Palmetto Championships, a doubles title at the Palmetto Championships and in the eighth grade he became the youngest player to ever win a South Carolina State High School Singles Championship. In addition, he represented his state for several years as a member of the USTA South Carolina Junior Davis Cup team. On top of all his accomplishments in the US, Bull also had success internationally when he won the Italian Junior Open doubles title.

Will Bull

As an adult Bull continued his success with wins over such greats as Wayne Ferreira, Vince Spadea, Andre Medvedev and he had a doubles victory over Jimmy Connors and John Lloyd. Bull has won over 50 prize money events in the last two decades and has helped three teams win the 6.0 USTA National Championship.
For all of his personal accomplishments on the court Will Bull is also known as a fantastic coach and a dedicated volunteer. Bull has coached over 30 juniors who have gone on to play college tennis, including one who was on a national championship team. Bull has been an active member of the USTA South Carolina Challenger Committee. He has also volunteered his services for several years at the USTA SC Van der Meer All Star Camp, and has directed two junior tournaments which were voted USTA SC Junior Tournament of the Year.

 

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