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.