RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College tennis programs are set to host a United States Tennis Association (USTA) Play Day at the Earlham Tennis Courts on Saturday morning.
Partnering with Amigos and the Richmond Boys and Girls Club, members of the Richmond community are welcome to bring youth to Earlham for a tennis clinic at 9:30 a.m. Head men’s and women’s tennis coach Justin Roe, members of the Earlham women’s tennis team, and local tennis instructors will run the clinic.
Roe along with Gene Hambrick, Director of Integrated Programs in Business and Entrepreneurship at the College, spearheaded the event.
“Gene and I want to increase the participation of the greater Richmond area in the sport of tennis,” Roe said. “This clinic on USTA Play Day is a great way to begin this vision.”
After the clinic, everyone is invited to the Earlham men’s tennis match against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular season and tournament champions.
Before the match, Earlham will honor 1969 alumnus Neal Newman. A four-year letter winner for the men’s tennis program as a Quaker, Newman was also a member of the men’s basketball team. He was honored with the Wendell M. Stanley Scholar-Athlete Award in 1969.
Since graduation, Newman has remained prevalent in the game of tennis. Newman has won 40 USTA National Doubles Titles including five Father-Son titles. Along with partner Larry Turville, Newman won four International Tennis Federation World Doubles Titles – 55s titles in 2004, 2005, and 2007 along with a 60s title in 2010. This year, Newman was inducted into the USTA Midwest Section Hall of Fame.
“Neal is a great ambassador to our Earlham tennis family,” said Roe. “He has played and won at the highest level and has truly shown what community, integrity, respect, and simplicity can do in an individual’s life. It’s a pleasure to honor his achievements on our USTA day at Earlham.”
Earlham’s match, which also marks senior day for Jack Ventura-Cruess, is scheduled to begin at noon.