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
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
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
“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
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
“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
And October 24 will be special as two world class players
will be honored at home.
Date: Thurs. Oct. 24 … Chattanooga Golf & Country Club
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