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  • Name & USTA Rating?

Plum Nobles - currently a 4.0.  I  was playing before the NTRP system began.  At it's inception, I was a 5.0, then a 4.5 for about 25+ years.  I am a "new" 4.0.

  • What racquet do you use?

​I use a Head Instinct PWR Touch, and have used it for about 1 month

  • How long have you been playing tennis?

About 40 years.  I was on I-240 driving to John Rogers Tennis Center in Midtown to play in the Novice tournament, when I drove under Elvis’ funeral procession on the overpass above. That’s how I remember how long I’ve been playing! That was August, 1977. 

  • Best memory from playing USTA?

Too many cherished memories to pick the best one. Every time I step on the court, I look forward to meeting new people and the thrill of competition. It never gets old. It’s all about having fun and playing doubles with and against wild and crazy ladies – cultivating both old and new friendships. I feel blessed every day that I’m healthy enough to play this game of a lifetime.  

  • What is the coolest item in your tennis bag?

My purple compression socks and/or my Cryoderm Cold Therapy – now that’s “cool”! 


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Tennis in Shelby County

Memphis Tennis Association presented awards at the Shelby County Schools’ Health, Physical Education, & Lifetime Wellness End of the Year Reception.


Awards were given to coaches and advisors who have exceeded expectations in their efforts to introduce tennis in schools. Those who were recognized and awarded included Coach Kyle Kuusisto from Maxine Smith STEAM Academy; Coach Taurus Norfleet from Hamilton Middle School; Coach Bob Kerlin from Cordova Elementary School; Coach Eric Martin from John P. Freeman Optional; Coach Kirsten Brown from Dexter Elementary School; and Kelley Greene and Dr. Cassandra Turner, SCS Health, Physical Education & Lifetime Wellness Instructional Advisors.


Read full article on USTA Southern website

The Memphis Open Honors Phil Chamberlain as its 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., – February 7, 2017 – The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is proud to announce that Memphis tennis legend Phil Chamberlain has been selected for induction into the Memphis Open Hall of Fame.  Chamberlain will be honored during a ceremony to be conducted between the first and second matches of the evening session on Thursday, February 16. 


Perhaps no other single individual has touched more lives or had an impact on more aspects of the Memphis tennis community than Phil Chamberlain.  A native of Perth, Australia, Chamberlain’s impact on tennis in Memphis began at the University of Memphis where he was the number one singles player, leading that team to a NCAA national ranking of 18.  Following graduation, he was named Tennessee Professional of the Year in both 1979 and 1982.  During that time, Chamberlain served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 1979 – 1980.  After nearly two decades away from the University of Memphis, he returned as head coach from 1999 – 2005 where he led the Tigers back to prominence, with the team reclaiming a spot in the national rankings.


“We are pleased to recognize Phil with our 2017 Hall of Fame honor,” said Erin Mazurek, tournament director for the Memphis Open. “Phil is a true community leader and we believe he deserves to stand alongside the likes of last year’s inductees – Tommy Buford, Mike and Bob Bryan and Billy Dunavant, Jr.”


Chamberlain is no stranger to the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster, serving as its Tournament Director from 2005 – 2008, following a 20-year run as Assistant Tournament Director beginning in 1984 at the Racquet Club of Memphis.  He also served as the club’s Director of Tennis for 30 years, from 1978 – 2008.


Chamberlain is currently Director of Tennis for Memphis University School (MUS) where he coaches the MUS and Hutchison Varsity teams and the MUS lower school tennis team.  As director of the Dunavant Wellford Tennis Center at MUS, he runs sanctioned adult and junior tournaments and coaches USTA adult tennis league teams.


His accolades and recognition for his contributions to tennis in Memphis are many, including induction into the University of Memphis Hall of Fame in 1991, the Memphis City Amateur Hall of Fame in 1992, and Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001.


Over the last 40 years Chamberlain has coached 12 collegiate All-Americans, 240 sectionally-ranked juniors, 104 collegiate scholarship athletes, and seven touring professionals.

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