Rene Simpson Collins
Canada’s Rene Simpson Collins died on Thursday 17 October 2013 following a year-long battle with brain cancer. She was 47.
Simpson Collins was a former player, coach and Fed Cup captain. She recorded a career-high ranking of No. 70 in April 1989 shortly before she reached the third round at Roland Garros. She had more success on the doubles court, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 32, winning three titles and progressing to the quarterfinals at the 1996 US Open. Simpson Collins also represented Canada at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Simpson Collins played Fed Cup for 11 years, accumulating a 20-16 win-loss record in 25 ties spanning from 1988-1998. She was Fed Cup captain from 2001-2009, a period during which she led the team into World Group II in 2007. She was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.
Tennis Canada will honour Simpson Collins during the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round tie between Canada and Serbia on 8-9 February 2014.
Hon. Tonye Harry
Vice President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation Hon. Tonye Harry died on 4 October 2013.
Harry was also a politician and was speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly from 2007-2011 and deputy speaker from 1999-2007.
Award-winning tennis photographer Tommy Hindley died on Thursday 19 September 2013 after a long illness.
Hindley founded his Professional Sport photo library in 1977 and developed a client list which included the top advertising agencies as well as news outlets, the ITF and Wimbledon.
Hindley was a stalwart member of the Professional Sports Photographers Association and then the Sports Journalists' Association. He worked on a range of sports, and covered the Olympic Games and football World Cups throughout his career. His pictures were regularly cited for awards and accolades.
Long-time All England Club employee Sharon Cloro died on 11 September 2013 following a battle with cancer. Sharon worked for many years as personal assistant to Chris Gorringe, Ian Ritchie and Richard Lewis.
Eiichi Kawatei died on Saturday 3 August at the age of 79 after a long and distinguished career in tennis administration.
From Ashiya City, Japan, Kawatei was a leader in the development and promotion of the sport in Asia and worldwide for more than 40 years, supporting the ITF, national associations, players, officials, coaches and many international events. Kawatei was highly active with the ITF for over 30 years, serving as a member of the Committee of Management, member of the ITF Board of Directors, Vice President, Chairman of the Junior Competitions Committee, and Honorary Life Vice President.
Kawatei was Tournament Director of the Federation Cup in 1981, 1985 and 1989, and of the Japan Open and Asian Open in 1977-86. He was a Japanese Olympic Committee member (1991-2003), Asian Tennis Federation President (1989-2003) and Secretary General (1978-89), and Japan Tennis Association Executive Board Member (1977-93) and Vice President (1993 onwards). He was the founder of the International Club of Japan.
Kawatei was recognised for his contributions to tennis by his peers many times. He was presented with the Olympic Order of Merit in 2012, the highest honour of the IOC, and was also the recipient of the Golden Olympic Ring Award, Chinese National Sports Federation Honorable Award; and the 2005 Golden Achievement Award, presented by the ITF and International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The longtime doubles partner of Don Budge and a former Wimbledon and US Open doubles champion, Gene Mako died on 14 June 2013. He was 97.
Mako was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1973. He partnered Budge to reach seven doubles finals at Grand Slam events. They won two doubles titles at Wimbledon (1937 and 1938) and two at the US Championships (1936 and 1938). In 1936, Mako partnered with Alice Marble to win the mixed doubles title at the US Nationals, defeating Budge and his partner Sarah Palfrey.
Mako was also an integral member of the United States Davis Cup team from 1935 to 1938, helping the team win two championships, in 1937 and 1938.
Former United States Tennis Association President and International Tennis Federation Board member David Markin died on 30 May 2013.
Markin served as USTA President from 1989-90, was chairman of the US Open site committee in the mid 1990s, served as Chairman of the Davis Cup Committee and the Junior Tennis Council and was also an active leader and supporter at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. He was instrumental in planning the revitalization of the National Tennis Center, including the construction of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Tim Heckler, the former CEO of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), died on Monday 4 February after suffering from a heart attack. He was 71.
Heckler started his tennis teaching career in 1970, the same year he joined the USPTA, and was CEO for 30 years, retiring in December 2012. In 2008 he received the association’s highest honor, the George Bacso Lifetime Achievement Award.
Paul Flory, the Chairman of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, died on Thursday 31 January 2013 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 90.
Flory was Tournament Director in Cincinnati from 1975-1997 before becoming Tournament Chairman. He was instrumental in making Cincinnati a successful ATP and WTA event.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "Everyone at the ITF was sorry to learn of the death of Paul Flory. He made enormous contributions to tennis and built the Cincinnati tournament into one of the premier stops on the tour. When I was President of the Italian Tennis Federation, I served with Paul on the TPL Board and appreciated his wisdom and commitment to our sport. Our condolences go to the family and friends of Paul Flory."
ITF Honorary Life Counsellor Hunter Delatour died on 18 January 2013. He was 95.
Delatour served as president of the USTA from 1983-84, president of the International Tennis Hall of Fame from 1986-87 and he was on the ITF Board of Directors from 1983-87, during which time he served as ITF vice president.
During his tenure as USTA president, the NJTL and the USTA merged, and the USTA formed a closer relationship with the International Tennis Hall of Fame and collegiate tennis.
In 1975 he was elected secretary of the USLTA, followed by two-year terms as second vice president, first vice president and president. His two years as immediate past president culminated 12 years of service on the USTA Board of Directors.
Gussy Moran, who was famous for wearing lacey knickers at Wimbledon in 1949, died in Los Angeles in January 2013 aged 89.
Moran reached the doubles final at Wimbledon in 1949 and achieved a US national ranking of No. 4. Following her retirement from tennis, Moran worked as a coach, wrote a column for Tennis magazine and developed her own line of clothes.
Professor Harold Monger, President of the Liberia Tennis Association, died in Ghana on 11 January 2013.