Marilyn Rindfuss

Induction Year: 1991

 

Marilyn Montgomery Rindfuss (1936-2006) was born in Beeville and began playing tennis when she was a senior at Brackenridge High School in San Antonio. After college, Rindfuss was ranked among the top 20 in women's singles from 1960 to 1963 and among the top 10 in doubles. In 1961, she was ranked No. 1 among Texas women. The following year, she won the National Hard Court women's doubles championship.

 

Rindfuss received three invitations to play at Wimbledon from 1960 to 1962, but turned them down because of her fear of flying. She usually drove to tennis competitions even if they were a thousand miles away.

 

In 1963 Montgomery won the USTA Service Bowl, an award for those who promote tennis and demonstrate good sportsmanship. Except for 1964, when she was working on her master's degree at Louisiana State University, Rindfuss was the coach of the National Junior Wightman Cup team from 1961 to 1968.

Later, she coached the Trinity University women's tennis team, which made it to the national championships in 1975 and '76. She was also a math instructor at Trinity from 1968 to 1975.

 

Rindfuss was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992 and into Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

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