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Tennis West Hall of Champions

Honouring WA’s Greatest Tennis Players

Western Australia is home to some of Australia’s finest tennis players. Many of them carved out distinguished careers having performed at the highest level internationally, nationally and within the State. As a State Sporting Body, Tennis West would like to honour these players, celebrate their achievements and preserve the rich heritage of tennis in WA.

As these champions scaled great heights, they served as role models for players hoping to follow in their footsteps.

The WA Hall of Champions provides an opportunity for the WA tennis community to honour their peers, and serves as inspiration for the next generation of players.

 

WA Hall of Champions Selection Committee

A Hall of Champions Selection Committee has been established to oversee the selection of inductees. Recommended inductees will be submitted to the Tennis West Board for consideration and approval. The inaugural Selection Committee comprises: Pam Brand (Chair), Dr Harry Phillips, Vanya Kelleher, Brett Patten, Yvonne Ball.

 

WA Hall of Champions Selection Criteria:

  1. Nominees must be an Australian Citizen
  2. Nominees must be accepted as a product of the WA Sporting system or have established their reputation while a resident in WA
  3. Nominees will not be considered until at least 5 years after retirement from the highest level of competition
  4. International, National & State rankings will be considered in both singles and doubles
  5. Team Players will be considered on the same basis as individuals
  6. The Selection Committee will only consider results from open* events.  Junior (18/U) and Senior (over 35s) events will not form part of the selection criteria
  7. In addition to a nominee’s individual achievements, the Selection Committee may consider that person’s integrity, sportsmanship and character
  8. Any person or organisation may nominate a tennis player for consideration
  9. Nominations must be submitted on the official Nomination Form. All nominations will be reviewed. Tennis West is under no obligation to induct new members to the Hall of Champions every year
  10. Any nomination which has previously been submitted but not selected may be resubmitted
  11. The Selection Committee is the arbiter in respect to the selection or otherwise of any nominee, subject always to the final apprival by Tennis West Board

*which includes all evbents prior to and after 1969

 

WA Hall of Champions

Clive Wilderspin
Clive was a member of the Australian team that toured internationally and played in all four Grand Slam events in 1953. He was Ranked No. 1 for Men’s Singles in WA 15 times between 1946-1963 and was inducted in the WA Sports Hall of Champions in 1988. Clive’s best Grand Slam tournament results include being a Finalist in the Men’s Doubles at the French Championships in 1953 when he teamed up with Mervyn Rose. Clive then teamed up with Neale Fraser in 1954 to become a Finalist at the Men’s Doubles at the Australian Championships in 1954.

 

Elizabeth Smylie (Sayers)

Elizabeth has won four Grand Slam Doubles titles in her career, including the 1983 US Open Mixed with John Fitzgerald, Wimbledon Ladies with Kathy Jordan in 1985, US Open Mixed with Todd Woodbridge in 1990 and Wimbledon Mixed with John Fitzgerald in 1991. Elizabeth’s highest World Ranking in Singles was No. 20 and Doubles No. 5. Elizabeth represented Australia in Fed Cup from 1984-1994 and won an Olympic Bronze Medal in the Women’s Doubles with Wendy Turnbull at Seoul in 1988. Elizabeth was Ranked No. 1 in Women’s singles in WA 6 times between 1981-1990

 

Ernest (Ernie) Parker
Ernie is the only Western Australian to have won an Australasian Men’s Singles title (1913). He was also a finalist in the same event in 1909 (losing to Anthony Wilding – a four time Wimbledon Champion). Ernie also won the Australasian Men’s Doubles in 1909 and 1913. Ernie won the WA Men’s Singles Title seven times and the Doubles Title eight times between 1903-1913 and was inducted into the WA Sports Hall of Champions in 1992. Ernie served with the AIF in the Artillery in World War I and died on active service in France in 1918

 

Lesley Hunt
Lesley’s highest World Ranking in the Women’s Singles was No. 7. She was also ranked No. 3 in Australia behind Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong-Crawley. In recognition of her considerable achievements Lesley was inducted into the WA Sports Hall of Champions in 1993. Lesley was a semi-finalist in the Australian Open Singles in 1971, and a quarter finalist in the US Open 4 times between 1970-1978. She was also was a regular semi-finalist or quarter-finalist in both singles and doubles in many other Grand Slam events in the 1970’s and was notably a member of the winning Fed Cup Team alongside Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong-Crawley in Perth in 1971.

 

To read more about the inaugural induction, click here.