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Three Former Wildcats Inducted Into the University of Kentucky Tennis Wildcats Hall of Fame

Three Former Wildcats Inducted Into the University of Kentucky Tennis Wildcats Hall of Fame

 

Three Former Wildcats were inducted Sunday into the University of Kentucky Tennis Wildcats Hall of Fame: Billy Evans, Tom Jomby and Les Chapman.

 

  • Evans was one of the original two-sports standouts at the University of Kentucky and was one of the most highly recruited players ever to commit to the wildcats, where he played No. 1 singles for all three seasons that he played (1952, ’54, ’55). Evans was even more successful as a basketball player for the Wildcats. He was the fourth-leading scorer for the undefeated (25-0) 1953-’54 basketball team. His 1954-’55 team was ranked No. 2 in the country, while the 1953-54 team finished the season No. 1 overall in the country. In 1956, Evans helped the United States to Olympic gold in Australia in the sport of basketball.
  • Recent graduate Tom Jomby was named an All-American in both his 2013 and 2014 season for singles, as well as accumulating the honor in 2013 for his doubles play with Kevin Lai. Jomby was a key part of UK’s 2012 Southeastern Conference championship, 2011 elite eight appearance and its two SEC tournament finals in 2011 and 2012.
  • Les Chapman is unique to Kentucky on two fronts. First, Chapman is Kentucky’s first – and only – two-time SEC individual champion. Chapman won the SEC No. 3 doubles as a sophomore in 1970 with Steve Imhoff. He followed that up as a junior in 1971 by repeating with Randy Edmiston. With the SEC moving to a team format for the championships, it is a record that will stand for a long time at UK. Recruited by coach Richard Vimont, Chapman is also unique in UK history as one of the first scholarship foreign athletes recruited to the school.

 

 

UK Tennis Center Garden Named in Honor of Stephen Mather

 

The new Stephen Mather Tennis Garden will greet visitors to the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. The garden was named in Mather’s honor on Sunday.

A standout on the 1992 Wildcat SEC Championship team, Mather was a four-year starter for the Wildcats and as a junior player won seven Creason championships and a Southern closed tournament.

As a high school player at Trinity, he reached four state singles finals, winning in 1986 and leading his team to the state championships.

As an adult, Mather won seven Kentucky state closed championships and was inducted into the KTA Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997.

Mather passed away December 9, 2005
, leaving one of the great legacies in Kentucky tennis history.

 

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