coverRichmond boasts a tremendous legacy of tennis excellence dating back many years. For the first time ever in one collection, the stories will be told of the many legendary people, places, and events that have made Richmond a great tennis town for decades. More than 200 photos, most of which have never been seen, offer a magnificent visual journey to complement this special story in one of America’s Best Tennis Towns.

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About the Authors

Eric Perkins

Eric Perkins has enjoyed tennis for over 30 years as a competitive player, official, teaching pro, tournament director, and volunteer. Since moving to Richmond in 1996, Eric has served as President of the Richmond Tennis Association, an officer and director of the USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section, and as Chair of the USTA Tennis Rules and Regulations Committee. He is a business attorney in Richmond where he lives with his beautiful wife (Chrissie) and daughters (Alexandra and Madison).

John Packett

A native of Warsaw, Va., John Packett graduated from the University of Richmond in 1966 and spent four years in the U.S. Navy before joining the Richmond Times-Dispatch sports department. He worked there for nearly four decades and wrote about tennis most of that time. Packett covered local and state tournaments, as well as the U.S. Open and two Davis Cup finals before retiring in 2009.

Tom Hood

Tom Hood has been involved in tennis in the Richmond area for over 45 years. He grew up playing tennis at Bon Air Community Association, Salisbury Country Club, and Midlothian High School. Collegiately, he played on the University of Richmond and Virginia Tech tennis teams. Tom played the satellite circuit, two grand prix events, and was a teaching pro for a number of years. He is a member of the Richmond Tennis Association Board of Directors, the tournament director for the Davenport Richmond City Tennis Championships, and is president of the Virginia Tennis Association.

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