Induction Year: 2014
A native of Michigan, Kathy Langer did not play tennis until the age of 33 when she began teaching the game to high school students. Langer developed a great love and talent for the game over the next 40 years. She has shared this passion for tennis with the citizens of North Texas since the early 1980s when she moved to Dallas.
Langer’s natural talent and determination led her to play on USTA leagues with a 4.5 NTRP rating. She has been ranked No. 1 in singles in Texas for many years as well as ranked in the top five nationally in both singles and doubles. In 2005, she played at the ITF World Team Championships held in Turkey as a member of the Kitty Godfree Cup Team (65s). Her Queen’s Cup (75s) Team won the cup in Croatia in 2012. In 2013, Kathy won the 75 doubles in the European Championships in Porschach, Austria which brought her a No. 1 Doubles (75) ITF World ranking.
She has volunteered with the Dallas Tennis Association since 1995 as well as serving on its board of directors. Langer has served as Vice President and President of DTA. During her DTA Board Presidency, Langer started the “Invest in a Child” initiative. This program has provided thousands of children with scholarships, free tennis lessons and equipment Kathy has served on the USTA Texas section Executive Committee and the board of the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association all while maintaining a top player ranking in her age group Langer has been the recipient of several awards over the last four decades including the Julius Zinn Senior Service Award for Texas in 2009, the USTA Senior Service Award in 2010 and the Margaret Russo National Sportsmanship Award in 2012.