Induction Year: 2014
Chris Bovett excelled in high school tennis as a top ten junior in the 18 and under divisions in both England and Australia. Bovett compiled an impressive 93-27 singles record during college before graduating from the University of Houston in 1970.
As a professional player, Bovett competed in nine grand slams. He won three USPTA nationals titles, two in doubles with partners Jim Parker and Dan Courson and one in singles. He was ranked No. 1 in Men’s 40s Singles in Texas, 1984-1985. In 1971, Bovett began coaching at the Houston Racquet Club. He has received numerous awards for excellence in coaching, including USPTA Coach of the Year and the Texas Tennis Association’s Lloyd Session Educational Merit Award. Bovett’s students embody the excellence and dedication he models. His students have competed in 37 USTA National Junior Championship Finals, winning 25. Over 120 of his students have played college tennis while 25 have gained world professional rankings.