CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Former Yale men's tennis team captain Alan Schwartz '52 was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 22, at the annual Enshrinement Banquet. The ceremony took place at the University of Illinois, where the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships were held. Schwartz, who was a three-year varsity letterman and captained the Bulldog squad in his senior year, is the ninth Yale-affiliated individual to receive this honor, and is the fourth to be inducted as a contributor.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Yale in 1952 and an M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1954, Schwartz embarked on a storied career as a titan in the world of tennis. In 1969, Schwartz co-founded the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago, which is the largest indoor tennis club in the world. Ten Midtown Athletic Clubs are now in place throughout the United States and Canada. He served two terms as the president of the National Indoor Tennis Association (NITA), from 1973-74 and again from 1978-79. During his time as President of the NITA, Schwartz developed club management courses at three universities.
Schwartz also served as Chairman of the Board & President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) from 2003 to 2004. In this role, he was successful in converting the USTA into an umbrella body for all tennis-related organizations in the nation. In 2012, the USTA National Indoor Center at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., was dedicated in Schwartz's honor.
According to the ITA, Schwartz "has played an integral role in developing the growth of tennis throughout the years, and has always been highly supportive of collegiate tennis and the ITA."
Schwartz has received several honors for his contributions to the game of tennis and has furthered the sport's interests at both the national and international level. Since 2003, Schwartz has represented the USTA internationally through the International Tennis Federation (ITF). He has served on the ITF Board of Directors and was a Vice President from 2003 to 2005. Schwartz is also credited with co-authoring the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP), the standard for rating tennis players of all skill levels. Additionally, Schwartz has served on the Boards of the Tennis Industry Association, the Tennis Channel and the Davis Cup Committee of the ITF. In 1987, he was inducted into the Club Industry Hall of Fame, and in 2009, he was inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. Schwartz was also recently named an inductee to the Athletics Hall of Honor of his secondary school alma mater, Phillips Academy (Andover).
Of the Enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 ITA Men's Hall of Fame class, Schwartz said, "The induction evening was an emotional experience. The coaches inducted have been role models and mentors and inspirations to those generations of players they coached. The players inducted all focused on the powerful impact of varsity tennis on their lives. It was a privilege to be among them. Tennis people are good people. I am proud to be part of the tennis family."
Schwartz was inducted along with three coaches and three former players. The other 2013 honorees are Bobby Bayliss, head men's coach at Notre Dame; Dennis Emery, former head men's coach at Kentucky; John Peterson, former head men's and women's coach at Tyler Junior College; Paul Goldstein, former Stanford player; Kelly Jones, former Pepperdine player who reached the No. 1 spot in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Doubles Rankings; and Harold Solomon, former Rice player who went on to coach the likes of Jim Courier and Monica Seles, among others.
Schwartz added, "I felt honored and humbled to be among the great coaches and players who have preceded me and those who were inducted with me into the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame."
The ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1983 and has inducted more than 200 players, coaches and contributors. Its members include the late Arthur Ashe (UCLA), Jimmy Connors (UCLA), John McEnroe (Stanford) and Coach Dick Gould (Stanford).
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity