Tym, Caswell to Enter Tennis Hall

Oct. 24 at Chattanooga Golf & CC

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

Thanks to the game of tennis, Alice Tym and Ned Caswell have had the opportunity to travel the world and win.

For their success on the court and willingness to give back to the sport, these two will enter the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame at an induction dinner Oct.

24 at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.

“All I have ever wanted to do is just play,” said Tym.  “It’s great to be treated well as you travel from place to place, but just let me play.”

And play she has with national championships in not only tennis, but table tennis and badminton.

Caswell has three world titles and 16 national championships on his resume, while Tym played in all four major championships with a career-best No.13 world ranking in 1969 and is a member of six halls of fame.

From landing in a cow pasture-turned runway ("no bigger than my garage”) in Italy to being escorted to her match at the All England Club (i.e. Wimbledon) via a Rolls Royce in the mid-1960s, Tym has seen it all.

Having started the women’s program at the U. of Florida and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tym views those days as exciting times for women’s tennis.

“There were no women’s varsity sports at all when I enrolled as a freshman in the fall of 1960 and I feel I contributed to the university by finding other ladies on campus who wanted to be part of the first team,” Tym stated.

Speaking of her time on the world tour, the Peoria, Ill. native said, “We all wanted to win, but we also supported each other everywhere we went to make sure we survived.”

Surviving also meant extra income beyond tournament winnings which was $125 first prize for her first championship in 1962 in Italy.

A multi-talented lady, she also did well at the card tables at night.

Getting the Best of Arthur Ashe: “Arthur Ashe was a great tennis player, but a bad card player. I took his money every time,” Tym said with a smile.   “I did whatever it took to get a few extra bucks to pay bills.”

She also smiles as she looks back on a career which shows that she offered women, including GPS head coach Sue Bartlett, a chance to play college tennis and win.

Tum guided the Lady Mocs to their first two AIAW national team titles (1977, ‘78) followed by a pair of Ivy League crowns and top 20 rankings at Yale Univ.

A success off the court as well, Tym has taught Geography at UTC for four decades and received the Outstanding Professor award in 1989.

“I love to teach and interact with the students.”

Caswell has also interacted successfully with the younger generation as the Baylor girls’ tennis team has won three straight TSAA D-II team titles.

“The girls (including Ned’s daughters Samantha and Harper) want to make it four straight this spring since my wife, Wendy, and her high school won four straight state titles,” said Caswell who was once ranked No.200 in the world.

A late bloomer in tennis, Caswell went to Furman on a basketball scholarship, but added tennis to his college experience.

He was a two-time Southern Conference tennis MVP and two-time All-American, posting a win against Patrick McEnroe as a junior in the NCAA tourney.

“That win was special since my dad was there to watch and it was the last time he saw me play, passing away shortly thereafter,” Caswell stated.

And October 24 will be special as two world class players will be honored at home.

Ticket Information

Date: Thurs. Oct. 24 … Chattanooga Golf & Country Club

Tickets: $50

 Checks Payable to: Tennessee Tennis Patrons Foundation

Send to: Sue Bartlett 2535 Crestwood Dr. Chattanooga, Tenn. 37415

 

contact B.B Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


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