Adams, DiGiacomo, Ingersole, McEvoy to Be Inducted into Eastern Hall of Fame

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The 28th Annual Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame celebration will honor four individuals who have significantly contributed to the game of tennis.

The Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF) will recognize four integral members of the tennis community on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. during the 28th Annual Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame celebration at the Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

The four individuals who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame are: Katrina Adams, USTA president and a former WTA professional player who ranked as high as No. 67 in singles and No. 8 in doubles; Mel DiGiacomo, a professional photographer who has had photographs published in Sports Illustrated and Tennis Week, among others, and has photographed at the US Open for several years; Bob Ingersole, tennis director at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. and president of JTF and Victoria Rogers McEvoy, a former Eastern junior player who was nationally ranked in the women’s top ten for two years and is a recent gold ball winner.

Proceeds from the celebration will benefit JTF, which provides scholarships and grants for junior and adaptive tennis players throughout the Eastern Section. At the event, two junior players will receive David N. Dinkins Scholarship Awards for their accomplishments both athletically and academically.

“This year we have four incredibly accomplished, deserving inductees who have made significant contributions to Eastern tennis,” Dick Scheer, Eastern Hall of Fame selection committee chairman said. “They will join an impressive group of prior inductees who have also made lasting contributions to the game of tennis.”

Since its inception in 1979, JTF has provided more than $2 million for programs and scholarships in the Eastern Section.

“The Junior Tennis Foundation has been an important supporter of USTA Eastern's junior players and programs,” Gerry Cuva, president of USTA Eastern said. “The Hall of Fame celebration is a great way to thank the organization for all it has given to the sport.”

Registration for the event will be online soon. For additional information, email jtf(at)eastern.usta(dot)com or call 914-697-2386.

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The Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF) was incorporated in 1979 as a nonprofit organization to raise funds for junior tennis and for adaptive tennis within the Eastern Section. The volunteer Board of Directors includes tennis dignitaries and patrons who love the game and support making it available to all. Nine volunteers have served as president. Over two million dollars have been granted to worthy programs and scholarships to junior players since the inception of the Foundation.

The USTA Eastern Section, based in White Plains, N.Y., is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis. The section encompasses all of New York State, Northern New Jersey and Greenwich, Conn. It is one of 17 geographic sections of the United States Tennis Association, the governing body of tennis in the United States, and supports more than 49,000 members. The section also establishes and maintains rules of fair play, high standards of sportsmanship and represents, in its jurisdiction, the programs and policies of the USTA. More information about the USTA Eastern Section is available by visiting http://www.eastern.usta.com.

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