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Don Andrews and Suzi Swartzman
2006 Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees

DON ANDREWS, 2006 Non-Player Recipient
Don Andrews 1For most people in Hawaii, Don Andrews is synonymous with Diamond Head Tennis Courts. And like the picturesque crater the facility is named, he is an icon in Hawaii for the community and visitors that get to know him. His mighty presence has gained national recognition that we, in Hawaii, are all proud of.
Don retired from the Army in 1973 and a year later, he replaced local tennis legend Sam Saffery as Tennis Specialist for the City and County of Honolulu. Sharing his love for tennis prompted him to teach the game to the military children. A good example is when he and his wife Betty coached the (Fort) "Shafter Smashers" - a group of young boys and girls that included their son David.
Don Andrews b/wAt the same time he conducted Junior and Adult Tennis Tournaments at Fort Shafter, Camp Smith, Pearl Harbor and Schofield Barracks. While teaching ROTC at Kamehameha Schools, he also served as the Boys Tennis Coach.
During Don’s tenure with the City and County, he expanded the facilities by adding courts to growing communities such as Diamond Head Tennis Center, Kailua, Kaneohe and Keehi Lagoon. He also oversaw the reconstruction of the sub-standard courts at Ala Don Andrews w awardMoana and Kapiolani Park.
Innovation was always a trademark of Don. He initiated the no-ad scoring and 10-point tie break, played in lieu of a deciding third set in local tournaments and league play. He expanded the sport’s popularity to 80 year old tennis players by establishing a 35 & over category, and classified all adult tournaments "Open" to allow all players to compete with the best.
After more than 30 years, Andrews still holds the position and oversees the city's nearly 200 public courts. He recently relocated from his main stay location at Diamond Head Tennis Courts in July to Central Oahu Regional Park. He is a former Hawai'i Pacific Section president, chief umpire and tournament director and has been involved in hundreds of events, including World Team Tennis, the Ilikai Grand Prix, Almaden Grand Masters and USTA Pro Circuit. The Andrews family is a past USTA Hawai'i Pacific Section Tennis Family of the Year. Don and sons David and Kurt are USTA life members and all three have been highly ranked in their age groups. Thank you Don for your mighty spirit, your love of tennis and Hawaii, and for all that you continue to do to help us grow the game!
SUZI SWARTZMAN, 2006 Player Recipient
Suzi Swartman leiMost tennis players dream to live the life and achieve the goals Suzi Swartman has accomplished in just 29 years of playing the game. Suzi picked up a racket at age 32, for fun, while vacationing on Kauai and the thrill and excitement of the game became her new-found passion and obsession.
Suzi’s infectious smile and sincere aloha spirit radiates to everyone she meets, except if you are on the other side of the tennis court. Long-time friend, colleague, and companion Mark Skillicorn describes her as a "bull dog" that is a "hard worker and tenacious competitor" on the court. Together this attitude with her naturally athletic ability, and one would see how she won the very first local tournament.
Suzi Swartman 3Through tennis, she has become an ambassador of aloha, representing the United States, traveling all over the world involved in USTA National events. Suzi captured her first USTA age-division national championship in 1991 and has hardly let up since. Her professional career earned her six coveted "gold tennis balls," or national age-division titles – five in singles and one in doubles. She also has seven "silver tennis balls" and a bronze. She won her last national title four years ago, capturing her only doubles championship at the National 55 Hardcourts. At the same tournament she reached the singles final, falling to former Hawai'i resident Judy Louie. Suzi’s winning spirit has allowed her to set numerous records in her age division and proves that age doesn’t affect the score.
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When she isn’t competing in tournaments, Suzi is actively teaching the game. As a highly-revered coach at Iolani School and University of Hawaii, she has influenced and inspired people of all ages to love the game of tennis and work hard for your dreams.
It is an honor to induct a local tennis player, who truly embodies the Hall of Fame qualities of outstanding competitive achievements, sportsmanship and character. Suzi is a gem in the tennis community and holds truth to the concept of tennis being a lifetime sport.