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Tennis Great Bill Lenoir Passes On

April 6, 2007 08:36 AM

Tennis star Bill Lenoir, age 64, passed away peacefully on March 28 at his home in Riverview, Fla.  Until his retirement last summer, he was director of tennis at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club since 1985.  He is survived by his wife, Linda; son Jim (St. Louis); son Jeff (Tampa), his wife, Stacy, and their son, Tyler.

Bill’s tennis achievements include tournament wins over nine Wimbledon Champions: Arthur Ashe, Neale Fraser, Chuck McKinley, John Newcombe, Stan Smith, Rafael Osuna, Dennis Ralston, Marty Riessen, and Sherwood Stewart.  He was selected for membership in four Sports Halls of Fame including the National Collegiate Men’s Tennis Hall of Fame and the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, was three-time Collegiate All American first team, National High School Singles Champion twice, in 1960 was the World’s Boys 18s Singles Champion (Orange Bowl), was ranked among the top twenty men in the nation five times, and was a top nationally ranked Father-Son team with Jeff.  Bill was called the “human backboard” by his opponents because he seldom failed to return a shot with his two-handed ground strokes on both sides. 

Bill received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics at the U. of Arizona, was a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering honorary, winner of State Table Tennis Titles, and a Class “A” Chess Player.  His family and friends continue to be inspired by his encouragement to “dream big”, his gift of seeing and bringing out the best in everyone, and his kind and gentle heart.  His family welcomed friends at their home on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Although donations are not expected by the family, any contribution you wish to make can be sent to:

LifePath Hospice
In memory of Bill Lenoir
12973 Telecom Parkway, Suite 100
Temple Terrace, FL  33637







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