Obituaries



Ross Sceats

Ross Sceats, a Gold Badge Chief Umpire and Silver Badge Referee, passed away on 7 April at his home in Sant Pol, Barcelona, Spain. He was 35.

Sceats fought a brain tumour for nearly 10 years but continued working at many ITF Pro Circuit and other tennis events during this time.

Enric Molina, Head of Officiating said: "It is with great sadness that we received the news this morning about our dear friend Ross. Those who met him knew what a true gentleman he was and what an example of courage, dignity and sportsmanship he set for all of us."

Mohammed M’Jid

Former president of the Moroccan Tennis Federation Mohammed M’Jid passed away on 20 March aged 97.

M’Jid was a leading figure in the development of tennis in Africa for over half a century before stepping down as president of the Moroccan Tennis Federation in 2010 after 53 years in the position.

M’Jid is credited for his role in creating the Grand Prix Hassan II men's professional tournament, which began in 1986 and is to date the only ATP event on the African continent. He was honoured with an ITF Award for services to the game in 1993 and remained heavily involved in the latter portion of his presidency, hosting the ITF Annual General Meeting when it was held in Marrakech in 2002.

Louise Brough Clapp

Former world No. 1 Louise Brough Clapp passed away after a brief illness on 3 February. Brough Clapp was one of the most dominant female tennis players of the 1940s and 50s. To this day she is remembered for being one of the greatest volleyers in the history of the sport.

Brough Clapp won a total of 35 Grand Slam titles - six in singles, 21 in doubles, and eight in mixed doubles. She and her contemporary Doris Hart are tied at fifth on the all-time list for winning the most major titles, behind only Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, and Margaret Osborne duPont.

In all, Brough Clapp won 13 titles at Wimbledon, 17 titles at the US Championships, three titles at the French Championships and two titles at the Australian Championships.

She was ranked in the world’s Top 10 from 1946 through to 1957 reaching a career high of world No. 1 in 1955.

Henry Talbert

Henry Talbert, who had a 39-year career with the USTA, passed away on 12 January.

Talbert joined the USTA in its New York City office in 1974 as Tennis Programming Director, before moving in 1990 to the Princeton office where he focused on Recreation Programming and Research, and then on to the White Plains office in 1993 where he supervised the USTA National Recreation Program staff.

He returned home to California in 1997 to become Executive Director of the Southern California Tennis Association and remained in that position for 16 years until he retired in 2013.

Talbert received the prestigious Gussy Moran Humanitarian Award in 2013 for his achievements and contributions to tennis in the United States.

Ian Wells

Ian Wells, head of New Zealand Tennis, chairman of Cricket Wellington and a former general manager of The Dominion Post, was 76 when he died peacefully on Saturday 4 January.

His involvement with New Zealand Tennis started in the 1970s and he served as chairman of the national body for 20 years. He was awarded the ITF Award for services to the game in 1985.



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