Join us for the 33rd Annual USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame Celebration to benefit the Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF) Grant and Scholarship Programs.
Since its inception, the JTF has awarded more than $2 million in grants and scholarships for aspiring junior and adaptive players, as well as NJTLs throughout the Eastern Section. The funds raised from this celebratory event will afford many worthy and motivated children with incredible opportunities to attend tennis camps, sectional and national competitions and educational workshops that ultimately cultivate the love and prosperity of our beloved sport.
USTA Eastern and the JTF are thrilled to welcome our 2020 inductees who have played pivotal roles in Eastern’s tennis community: Sunny Fishkind, John James and Richard (Ricky) Meyer.
Sunny Fishkind has worked as a tennis instructor and coach in the Eastern section for over 40 years. From 1979 to 2005, Fishkind served as the girls’ varsity tennis coach at Bethpage High School. She also coached the boys’ varsity team concurrently from 1979 to 1990 and also worked with programs at Hofstra University and Long Island University. In 1986, she was named director of the Hofstra University Summer Tennis Camp, a position she still holds today. Through this role, she has introduced tens of thousands of children to tennis over the last 35 years.
Jav Uncensored John James is a former professional player who made the semifinals of the 1979 Australian Open in doubles and reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 85. After retiring, James began competing in tournaments in the Eastern section and nationally; from 1986 to 1989, he won 18 straight Eastern Masters Tournaments, a streak that spanned over 75 matches. He has served as a teaching pro for over 37 years, most recently at Chestnut Ridge Racquet Club.
Richard (Ricky) Meyer was ranked No. 1 in the Men’s in the East. He went on to compete professionally on the ATP tour, capturing singles and doubles titles. He attained a singles ranking of world No. 83 and doubles of No.52. During his ten-year playing career, Meyer amassed wins over a dozen players ranked in the Top 10 in the world, including Ille Nastase, Adriano Panatta, Wojtek Fibak, Dick Stockton, Johan Kriek and Bill Scanlon among others. He reached the Round of 16 of the Australian Open in 1983 and lost to John McEnroe in four sets in the third round of the 1980 US Open. As a teenager, Meyer played for Great Neck High School on Long Island, where he held a 56-0 record. He also competed for the University of Pennsylvania, where he played #1 Singles and Doubles and won The ECAC’s in singles and doubles.