Induction ceremony held Sept. 19 at the College of William and Mary
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Former Chattanooga Head Coach Alice Luthy Tym is one of four inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the College of William and Mary on Friday. Tym is joined by doubles legend Gigi Fernandez (Clemson), Janice Metcalf Cromer (Redlands) and Wendy White Prausa (Rollins).
Alice Luthy Tym established the women’s tennis team and served as its captain while an undergraduate at the University of Florida from 1960–64. A Ford Foundation fellow, she received Phi Beta Kappa honors and earned an M.A. from UF in geography in 1966.
From 1964 to 1970, she played on the international circuit, winning titles on five continents and securing a world ranking as high as No. 13 in 1969.
As head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1974 to 1978, Tym started the varsity women’s program and guided her teams to two AIAW Small College National Championships. Appointed director of tennis at Yale in 1978, she coached the nationally-ranked women’s team for four years and won the Ivy Championships in 1981. Tym returned to UT-Chattanooga in 1982 to become a faculty member in the geography department, a position she still holds today.
Beatriz “Gigi” Fernandez won 17 Grand Slam doubles titles and two Olympic gold medals during her pro career from 1983 to 1997. Recruited to Clemson from her native Puerto Rico, she reached the national intercollegiate singles finals in her freshman year and then joined the professional circuit.
Janice Metcalf Cromer holds the distinction of being the first woman to play on the men’s team at the University of Redlands, helping lead the team to NAIA national championships in 1973 and ’74. Two-time national intercollegiate singles champion, Metcalf also captured six other national titles while in college, including three straight USTA Amateur Clay Court championships from 1971–73.
Wendy White Prausa is the only women’s tennis player to turn pro during college and graduate on time. A standout junior player in her native Georgia, White was awarded the USTA’s Girls’ Sportsmanship Trophy in 1978. As a Rollins sophomore in 1980, she captured the intercollegiate singles title and won the Broderick Award as National Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year in Tennis. Joining the professional tour in the summer of 1980, she rose as high as No. 22 in singles and No. 18 in doubles.
The ITA Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1995 and honors outstanding collegiate players and coaches, as well as players who attended college and later had a significant impact on women’s tennis. The Hall of Fame is located at the College of William and Mary’s McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, named for the late Mark McCormack, founder of sports marketing giant International Management Group, and his wife, former tennis pro Betsy Nagelsen.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 at the Sadler Center on William and Mary’s campus. Betsy Nagelsen McCormack will officially induct the new members.
Information courtesy of the ITA and the College of William and Mary