USTA honors Hilton Head's Stan Smith with President's Award

sports@islandpacket.comSeptember 9, 2013 

Stan Smith has been awarded the President's Award by the USTA.

USTA — USTA

Former U.S. Open and Wimbledon singles champion Stan Smith has been honored with the 2013 United States Tennis Association's President's Award. The announcement was made at the USTA meeting on Sept. 2 at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

Smith, who owns and operates the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy on Hilton Head Island, is originally from Pasadena, Calif., and starred collegiately for the University of Southern California where he won both NCAA singles and doubles titles. A former No. 1 player in the world, Smith won the U.S. Open singles championship in 1971 and Wimbledon in 1972.

Smith, who, along with Bob Lutz, his former college playing partner, won four U.S. Open doubles titles, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.

The President's Award honors an individual who has given unusual and extraordinary service to the sport of tennis in the public's interest. Since its inception in 1999, award recipients have included Billie Jean King, Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport, and Mike and Bob Bryan.

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