Middle States Announces 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees

USTA Middle States this week announced its 2017 class of inductees into the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame. The group includes David Anthony Abrams, Connie Ebert, Jeff Harrison and Julian Krinsky.

The 23rd Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19 at RiverCrest Country Club in Phoenixville, Pa.

“This class has accomplished some truly amazing feats in our tennis community,” said Hall of Fame Chair Lance Lee. “All four of these individuals have made a substantial impact on our sport and on the USTA community as a whole. They’re a truly deserving group.”

The USTA Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction last took place in 2015 in the Pittsburgh area. Funds raised benefit the Middle States Tennis Patrons’ Foundation, which supports junior tennis programs in Middle States and furthers tennis education objectives throughout the Section.

Established in 1994, the prestigious Hall boasts 103 prior inductees, including tennis legend and women’s rights pioneer Billie Jean King, and former USTA Presidents Jane Brown Grimes, Dave Haggerty, Merv Heller, Judy Levering and Martin Tressel. The event provides an opportunity for all who love the game of tennis to celebrate the past and support the future.

Those interested in more information about the event should contact USTA Middle States by emailing communications@ms.usta.com.

Middle States Hall of Fame | Inductee Information

David Anthony Abrams

Currently the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the United States Tennis Association, Abrams has been with the USTA for 20 years on both national and section levels. Abrams was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he served as Director of Recruitment for the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center.

Connie Ebert

Ebert’s life-long dedication for tennis has influenced thousands to try tennis, volunteer and stay involved. As a player and volunteer herself, she epitomizes tennis as a lifetime sport.  Many of her tournament successes have occurred during her golden years, and she was recently award with the USTA Seniors’ Service Award.

Jeff Harrison

As an exceptional college player at the University of Delaware, a promoter who broke new ground bringing elite players to our area and as a dedicated volunteer, Harrison has motivated kids and adults alike to engage in the sport of tennis. He has served the game, and the USTA, on all levels, including as Delaware District President, Middle States Section President and USTA Chair of Delegates.

Julian Krinsky

Julian Krinsky has not made waste of his 48 years since playing at Wimbledon and Roland-Garros. Having incubated more than 500 tennis professionals and educated more than 100,000 students, The Julian Krinsky School of Tennis has bloomed into a mighty behemoth from a seed that was planted by an enduring lifelong passion. Today, Julian enjoys utilizing the game of tennis as a vehicle for teaching young people about the game of life.

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