Induction Year: 1997
JoAnn Padgett served the tennis community locally, sectionally and nationally. Under her guidance, programs such as National Junior Tennis league, Junior Team Tennis, Schools, Play Tennis America and Leagues have brought Texas to the forefront in recreational tennis.
JoAnn Padgett began her service to the game in the 1970s as a volunteer for the Houston Tennis Association in order to help the association and to watch her husband play his matches. Since that time, she has served as President of the Houston Tennis Association (1976-1977) and Executive Director of the Houston Tennis Association (1976-1980). Padgett was also a Tennis Promoter with George Liddy & Associates for the Virginia Slims (1980-1987), an Activities Director for the University Club in Houston (1987-1989) and the Director of Recreational Tennis for the Texas Tennis Association (1989-97). She also served as the Executive Director of the Texas Tennis Coaches Association (1992-1996) and the First Executive Director of the United States Professional Tennis Association Texas Division