Congratulations to the 2016 Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees: Madison Brengle, Paul Costello, Sue Gardiner & Brint Morrow. All were honored at a dinner, auction and awards evening at Wilmington Country Club on Sunday, November 13, 2016. Proceeds from this event benefitted the Delaware Tennis Foundation and the programs it supports.
Delaware Tennis Foundation
The Delaware Tennis Foundation, a non-profit organization was established in 1953. The purpose of the Delaware Tennis Foundation is to promote the sport of tennis throughout the State of Delaware with a special emphasis on junior tennis.
The foundation supports inner city summer and winter instruction programs, gives scholarships to needy children to attend area camps and subsidizes other statewide tennis programs.
The Delaware Tennis Foundation has introduced thousands of youngsters, regardless of financial background to the lifetime sport of tennis.
Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame Past Inductees
1995 Bunny Vosters
1996 Ed Garcia, Gretchen Spruance
1997 Lou Dods, Nancy Keiper
1998 Peggy Woolard
1999 Faith Jolley, Dorothy Kropf, Oscar J. Sebastian, Raymond Walker, Evelyn Waxman
2000 Ellin Foote, Larry Hampton
2001 Pano Anthos, Dick Botsch, Jeff Olmstead
2002 Dick Emmert, Lois Huggins, Ed McQuillin
2004 Peter Morrow, Licky Randolph
2005 Sue Johnson, Cindy Prendergast
2006 Pat Friz, Dave Marshall, Roy Rylander , Bob Wiederhorn
2007 Greg Barkley, Mary Moore, Harry Shur
2009 Tom Ellis, Laura Travis
2010 Jeff Harrison, Dave Hubinger, Joan Schneikart
2011 Chuck Herak, Dan Kegelman, Araceli Sebastian-Popen
2012 Bob Bratcher, Jim Flesch, Deb Piper
2013 Gaby Brengle, Mark Manning, Pete Rigby, Gene Thompson
2015 Don Altmaier, Mark Centrella, Monique Holloway, Bryan Sauer
2016 Madison Brengle, Paul Costello, Sue Gardiner, Brint Morrow
2016 Inductee Information
Madison Brengle was born in Dover, Delaware and was raised in a tennis family. Her mother is Gaby Brengle who is a member of the Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame and a coach at Dover Indoor Tennis facility. Madison played in her first professional tournament at the age of 14 and has been on the professional women’s tennis ever since. Her best performance in a grand slam tournament was advancing to the 4th round of the Australian Open in 2015. She is currently ranked 50th in the WTA singles rankings.
Paul Costello has been an avid tennis player for over 50 years. During the last ten years he has returned the favor to the sport he loves by becoming active in its volunteer organizations. He joined the board of the USTA Delaware District in 2006. In 2008, he became President of the board and served in that capacity for the next 4 yrs. During that time, he also served as the Delaware delegate to the USTA Middle States Board where he chaired the Strategic Planning Committee. Paul has served as the President of the Delaware Tennis Foundation for the past two years.
Sue Gardiner has been the owner and operator of Elkton Indoor Tennis for almost 20 years. In that capacity she has enthusiastically supported the sport by opening her facility to many USTA junior programs and the University of Delaware tennis teams. She is a strong recreational player and has captained many USTA league teams and plays in the World Team Tennis league. In the past, she has served as a member of the USTA Delaware District Board for many years. Sue is a USTPA certified professional.
Brint Morrow was a top ranked junior tennis player achieving a #10 ranking in the national boys 16 and under division. A four-time high school tennis champion in Delaware, Brint then played at the University of North Carolina where he was an All American in doubles. Brint has also won several Delaware State Open singles and doubles titles. He recently reached the doubles final of the National 35 and over Hardcourt Tennis Championships. His father Peter also played at the University of North Carolina and is a member is the Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame.
See www.detennisfoundation.org for more details about the event.