Induction Year: 2006
Bill Lust was born in Minnesota but reared in Old Mexico. He attended high school at El Paso High behind such greats as Dick Savitt, Bobby Goldfarb and Edgar Chew. He was a doubles finalist (with Rodolfo Gonzales) in the Texas Interscholastic League in 1946 and 1947. He continued to play in college as a part of the tennis team at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY where he reached the finals of the Eastern Intercollegiate Tournament in 1950, his senior year.
His family moved to Tyler in 1947. In 1949, while still in college, Bill helped organize, sponsor and run the first East Texas Open. Bill has remained faithful to overseeing and growing the event since its conception, including serving as tournament director for over 20 years. Bill also has played in the East Texas Open, and in 1966, after winning the tournament three of the four previous years, had the privilege of retiring the trophy he had originally donated in honor of his father.
Bill won the 1953 Dallas Open with partner James Schulze (1989 Hall of Fame Inductee). He went undefeated in tournament play from 1956 to 1958 with doubles partner Mutt Schulze. He won the Texas Sectional Doubles Championship in 1958. In 1985, Bill won the Men’s Singles 55 National Grass Championship in Germantown, PA. Bill continues to be a champion player, winning both the Texas Section Men’s 75 Singles and Doubles (with Ray Beall) Championship titles in 2005. Along with Walt Farrington, Harry Phillips, Bob Faulkner, he founded the Tyler Tennis & Swim Club which became the center of tennis in East Texas