Hall of Famer, Jack Kramer, passes away
Link to USTA official release
Jack Kramer, a two-time US Open Singles Champion (1946, ’47) and Wimbledon Singles Champion (’47), died at the age of 88, from a soft tissue cancer on September 12, 2009 at his home in Los Angeles, California.
Kramer was known for his many contributions to the sport of tennis. He was the leading promoter of the professional tennis tours and a relentless advocate for the establishment of open tennis between amateur and professional players. In 1968, Kramer was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Kramer played college tennis at Rollins College during the 1941 and 1942 seasons and was a notable contributor to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and collegiate varsity tennis. He assisted the ITA with several important sponsorship arrangements and also served as a key note speaker at a variety of ITA events. He was inducted into the ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.
"The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is greatly saddened by the loss of Jack Kramer, a great champion and wonderful friend of college tennis. Jack served as a superb role model for all of our coaches and student-athletes, particularly in the way in which he used the lessons learned from tennis competition to shape his vision and serve a pioneering role in the tennis world. Jack will be sorely missed, but his legendary leadership qualities and spirit will endure in our memories forever." -- David A Benjamin, Executive Director of the ITA