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Hall of Fame Inductees

The USTA Phoenix Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to recognize those members whose achievements and contributions are worthy of the highest commendation and recognition.

Michael Van Zutphen


Mike is a dedicated, passionate, hard-working coach who brings his love of tennis to payers around the world.  He is 5-time Southwest Professional of the Year, 2-time Southwest Coach of the Year, 9-time Convention Chair for the SWPTA Convention, and a 2-time recipient of the National USTA Community Service Awards, among others.  He was inducted into the Tennis Teachers Hall of Fame in more.

Victoria Palmer Heinicke


Victoria started playing tennis at the age of 4, and played her first tournament a few says after her sixth birthday.  By the age of 13, she was playing circuit level tournaments.  She was the youngest player at the time to play at Forest Hills.  At 15, she was ranked #1 in junior and #8 on the circuit.  Sh was 17 national titles before turning more.

Gordon Jorgensen


Gordon played in amateur events around the world, and found time to help in administrative aspects of the sport.  He served as president of the Phoenix District Tennis Association and the Southwest Tennis Association, was a national USTA board member, chairman of the Davis Cup Committee, chairman of the US Open, vice president of the ITF and president of USTA ... read more 

Stephanie Tolleson


Stephanie took up tennis at the age of 10.  She quickly ascended the rankings, reaching #1 in the girls 14s, 16s, 18s in Arizona.  She was nationally ranked as a junior with numerous Hard Court championships as well as Sportsmanship Awards to her name.  Read more...

Bruce Nichols


Bruce has been a highly ranked player his entire life.  He was the #1 player in the Southwest and Phoenix area in the 12s, 14s, 16s and 18 and under divisions.  He was selected to represent the Southwest on the Junior Davis Cup team.  Read more...

Mort Stone


Mort Stone came to Phoenix in 1963 from New York and shortly thereafter bought West Side Tennis Club with its 4 tennis courts.  Mort’s focus was developing junior players.  His significant impact on junior tennis spanned nearly 25 years producing many outstanding junior players. Read more...

Jason Morton


Jason Morton competed for more than 70 years.  He won 61 USTA National Championships, 4 USPTA titles and
12 ITF World Titles including the ITF World Singles Championship in 2008- Men’s 80s. He has represented the United States on 8 separate International Senior Cup teams around the world and played against greats such as Rod Laver, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Gonzales and Cliff Drysdale.  Read more...

Anne Guerrant


Anne Guerrant grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, in a large family of 7 children. When Guerrant was ten she wanted to play Little League Baseball but girls were not allowed so one of her brothers taught her how to play tennis and keep score. She was later discovered by Don Klotz, the University of Iowa tennis coach, when she won the city tournament he was directing.  Read more...

Jason Jamison


Jason has been the USA Tennis Community Coordinator, as well as worked with the Maricopa County Tennis Coalition, overseeing all aspects of community tennis development. He created the USA Tennis Community Coordinator’s Reference Guide in 2000. Read more about Jason here.

Bill Lenoir


Bill played before the Open era of tennis, and as an amateur, played Wimbledon twice and had wins over nine Wimbledon champions. He went on to coach the U of A and ASU men’s teams. Read more about Bill here.

Sherri Bronson


Sherri is a two time cancer survivor, who not only continued to play and compete during her treatment, but won a singles title at the National 45 Clay Courts only months after surgery. To date, she has won 14 Gold Balls. Read more about Sherri here.

John Austin


John was a member of the 1976 UCLA national championship team, and was a 1978 NCAA doubles champion. During six years of competing on the ATP tour, he had a win over #1 ranked John McEnroe, and being ranked in the top 40. Read more about John here.

Peter Bronson


Peter has captured 35 National titles, 29 of which were doubles. He has been part of Central Arizona’s board for over ten years, and helped rewrite the bylaws twice. He helped to devise the Points per Round Ranking System for the section. Read more about Peter here.

Gary Donnelly


Gary has been part of the tennis world in Phoenix since he was a junior. He is a former #1 ranked Southwest Junior, and played #1 singles and doubles for Arizona State University. Upon his graduation, he played professionally. Read more about Gary here.

Jack Michalko


Jack was the Director of Tennis for the Phoenix Country Club for almost 40 years, and has been the Executive Director for the USTPTA Southwest Division since 1990. He has been named Pro of the Year twice: in 1984 and 2004. Read more about Jack here.

Claude Pickering


Claude has been a supporter and practitioner of tennis officiating for over 50 years. He has been president of the Southern California tennis umpire organization, and improved the pay scale of officials. Read more about Claude here.

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