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C. Alphonso Smith

Alphonso Smith won the Boys National Singles and Doubles Tennis Titles in 1924, accomplishing the feat without losing a single set.  In 1982, Smith and partner Eddie Jacobs won the 45-and-over National Senior Doubles Championship, repeating their 1927 National Junior…

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Penelope Anderson McBride

Penelope Anderson McBride’s love affair with the game of tennis began at the age of eight. She started hitting a tennis ball against the back of the house in Richmond, Virginia, where she began to blossom into one of the…

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Fanny Graves Crenshaw

Fanny Crenshaw was born in Richmond, Virginia and is a graduate of Bryn Mawr and Columbia University, where she received her BS and MS degrees.  She organized the first Department of Physical Education in her first year (1941) at Westhampton…

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Donna Floyd Fales

Donna Floyd Fales was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1940 and moved to Arlington, Virginia in 1953.  By the age of 14, she was the top ranked 15 and under tennis player in the United States while winning the U.S.…

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Arthur Ashe Jr.

Winning championships and trailblazing in tennis are “old hat” to this first world-renowned titleist to be inducted into Virginia’s Hall of Fame for his sport, following his pioneering teacher Dr. R.W. Johnson.  At the age of 17, Ashe won the…

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Harold “Hal” Burrows Jr.

Harold “Hal” Burrows, Jr. is one of the most revered members of the tennis community of Virginia. It began when he won the Virginia State Boys Championship title in 1938 and 1939. He took the Junior title in 1941 and…

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