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Father of Indoor Tennis Passes Away

August 9, 2007 11:27 AM

Although many tennis players in Florida are not familiar with indoor tennis courts, and may have a hard time imagining tennis without the sunshine, breeze and nice tan, not one single person can deny the importance and need of such indoor facilities.  Jerry Schneider, 87, is the visionary who saw the need and made it a reality in 1961.  He answered the call for thousands of tennis fans nationwide, and because of his passion for tennis, there are now hundreds of tennis clubs nationally with indoor courts.   Named the “father of modern indoor tennis” in Tennis Magazine, his undertakings extend beyond that title and include a life filled with tennis umpiring, national doubles titles and family.  Here are a few significant facts about Jerry’s life:

• He built the first indoor tennis facility in the USA in Chicago – 1961.

• He was first certified as a tennis umpire in 1960 and was active until summer of 2006 when he worked his last sanctioned tournament as a roving umpire (a certified official who covers multiple courts) at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort – July 2006.

• He was a LIFETIME MEMBER of USTA with a USTA number of only 97!

• With his tennis partner, Ed Galle of Sarasota, he won two national doubles titles in the Senior Olympics in the 80-and-over men’s division (2003) and the 85-and-over division (2005).

• He was a past president of the Bay Area Tennis Official’s Association in (BATOA) 1991.

Jerry was an athlete his entire life maintained a healthy lifestyle.  His life is to be admired for his forward thinking and contribution to tennis.  Regrettably, on July, 18 in Longboat Key, Fla. he past away from lung cancer.  Family and friends will return home to Jerry’s birthplace in Illinois to celebrate his life on September 30 from 4:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.in Highland Park and will also recognize him on January 6, 2008 at the Longboat Key clubhouse n Sarasota.

Donations maybe made to the Israel Children’s Centers, 3275 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 102, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.  The charity operates recreation centers for disadvantaged children in Israel.

Related articles:
• Jerry Schneider, 87, Pioneer of Indoor Tennis, Dies

• Indoor Tennis Pioneer Proved Skeptics Wrong

 

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