Gary Au Yeung

Gary Au Yeung passed away on 7 March. Au Yeung was a highly regarded and accomplished international tennis referee and Hong Kong’s only ITF Gold Badge Referee, which he obtained in 2013.

Au Yeung first became a tennis official in 1973 and has been involved in tennis both in Hong Kong and internationally ever since. He was the tournament referee at the inaugural Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open and was still actively refereeing women’s circuit events as recently as January. 

Whitney Reed

Former American tennis player Whitney Reed passed away on January 9 aged 82.

Reed served in the Air Force during the Korean War, before going on to hold the American No. 1 ranking in 1961. Reed’s highlights include winning the Canadian National Championships and the Cincinnati Masters (today known as the Western & Southern Open). He was selected for the US Davis Cup team in 1958, 1961 and 1962.

While he was never inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, he enjoyed wins over Hall of Famers Rod Laver, Neale Fraser and Alex Olmedo. 

Jean Claude Gasigwa

Jean Claude Gasigwa passed away on 8 January during a training session. He was just 31 years of age.

One of the best
tennis players in Rwanda, Jean Claude holds two Davis Cup records for his nation having played the most ties (32) and the most years (8).