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 2010 TENNIS HALL OF FAME

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Muriel Osborne and Jane Forester-Leong
2010 Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees


JANE FORESTER-LEONG, 2010 Non-Player Recipient
 
This year's Tennis Hall of Fame Non-Player recipient, Jane Forester-Leong is a founding figure of the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section. Jane's vision, dedication, energy and passion to grow tennis in Hawaii has made the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section the community resource it is today.Jane _ family
 
Jane USTA colorJane's interest in tennis began long before she led the Hawaii section. Her grandfather, father, siblings, husband and children all played tennis. Jane was the first Hawaii Section employee and the executive director for 17 years which expanded into 21 years of service.
 
Jane got involved with the USTA through her neighbor Carl Racuya. Her first position with the organization was as a volunteer. From there she became the Executive Secretary and eventually the Executive Director.
 
 
As Executive Director, Jane took the organization in its infancy with a mere $1,400 budget and 2,400 members to a half-million dollar organization with 6,600 members.Jane at work
 
Jane's charisma and passion to grow tennis in Hawaii attracted top-notch volunteers and staff to the USTA. She had a knack for reaching out into the community and was able to connect different groups of people together to support tennis.
 
In her tenure, Jane developed many of our Section’s core programs and tournaments that flourish today. She initiated Tennis Weekend and started the Adult Tennis League in 1986.
 
Jane and Aloha AirlinesShe supported tennis in the parks, initiated School Tennis, developed Junior Team Tennis and provided opportunities for Hawaii kids to compete on the mainland and in Japan. She also played a key role in starting the long-standing and highly-acclaimed Aloha Airlines Junior Tennis Championships.
 
Responsible for producing the section yearbook, newsletters, brochures and fliers, Jane did it all and let the community know about the latest USTA opportunities.Jane 1999
 
In addition, she was an exceptional ambassador of Hawaii tennis at the national level. She brought national support and recognition to our section that attracted internationally acclaimed coaches and professional players to Hawaii.
 
Hawaii Tennis News COVER
 
 
Jane Forester-Leong left a huge legacy when she retired from the USTA in 2001. As a tribute to all her years of service, the Adult Jr. Vet/Sr. Section Tournament and the Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award is named in her honor.
 

Her passion, congeniality and grace are remembered by everyone. And with all that she has done for Hawaii tennis, it was her innate ability to treat everyone - from volunteers to prominent pros - with the same Aloha becoming an inspiration to us all. Jane was the face of the USTA in Hawaii and Made Tennis Make a Difference.

 

MURIEL OSBORNE – 2010 Player Recipient
muriel hitting forehandThis year’s Tennis Hall of Fame Player recipient, Muriel Osborne, has won the most wins of any female player in Hawaii. She is the matriarch of the tennis renowned Osborne family and an exemplary sportswoman both on and off the court.
 
Muriel on 1st Jr. Tennis Team
Born in 1924 to a Hawaiian-Irish family, Muriel grew up in Kaimuki as a self-described tomboy. Despite being an exceptional athlete, tennis did not enter Muriel's life until Elizabeth "Bunny Ryan, a pro at the Royal Hawaiian, suggested that she take group lessons with her at Roosevelt High School. Once she picked up a racquet, Muriel was hooked and a lifelong connection to the sport of tennis began. Within a few years, she won her first tournament at the 1941 U.S. Lawn Tennis Association Girls 18s and she quickly claimed state and national junior titles.
 
Muriel and familyIn 1943, Muriel married Jim Osborne, an electrical engineer for the Navy. Jim and Muriel played tennis together and naturally bestowed their love for tennis to their four children. Soon the Osborne name became synonymous with tennis champion. Muriel’s two daughters were both accomplished players, both Gerry and Jim Jr. were state champions. Jim Jr. is a former top 10 and Davis Cup player, with appearances in Wimbledon and an esteemed tennis coach for Brigham Young for 15 years. In 2005, he became the first Player Category inductee of the Hawaii’s Hall of Fame. 
 
Muriel dominated the rankings for the next 40 years in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. She was ranked No. 1 in singles 11 times and earned national rankings with partners Doris Hakman and Lethia Hall. She won two Silver Balls at Senior Nationals and was named Honolulu Quarterback Club Female Athlete of the Year.Muriel,Hattie,Doris Hackman _ Barbara Lynn
 
Muriel _ youthWith over 200 trophies to her name, Muriel's dedication to the sport continued even off the court. She served as an officer of the Punahou Tennis club and raised funds for junior Hawaii players, affording them to play on the mainland.   In collaboration with Kahiau: A Tennis Foundation, her legacy continues with the Muriel Osborne Hawaii Tennis Award that funds deserving junior female players to pursue higher competitive play. 
 

Muriel was a champion in every sense of the word. Her opponents were crushed by her on-court talent, but they were quickly won over with her warm and humble demeanor off the court. Muriel is an inspiration to many and will always be remembered for her competitive spirit, sportsmanship and warm smile.

 


 
 
 
 
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