Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Hosts 2019 Annual Banquet
November 12, 2019
WACO, TEXAS – On Saturday, November 9, the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame hosted its 2019 Annual Banquet. This year’s event, entitled “WCT: A Game Changer,” celebrated World Championship Tennis and its deep roots in Texas.
The cocktail reception, sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka, included self-guided tours of the museum. Highlights included the newly renovated Collegiate Exhibit and the new inductee case.
Jim Chaffin, secretary/treasurer of the Museum, opened the program and welcomed the guests. Fernando Velasco delivered the convocation. After dinner, guests heard from Cliff Drysdale, one of the original "Handsome Eight" players of the WCT, who has devoted much of his life to promoting the advancement of tennis.
The event culminated with the induction of the 2019 Hall of Fame Class: Cliff Drysdale, Al Hill, Jr, Harry Parten and Carol Welder. During the induction, a special video of each inductee, produced by USTA Texas, was showed and followed by an introduction of each inductee. The new members of the Hall of Fame were given the chance to say a few words and awarded a certificate, medallion and blue blazer signifying enshrinement into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame.
If you'd like to see a live stream of the event, provided by Tex Mex Productions, visit our Facebook page. Photos from the event are available in the gallery below.