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|Tom Gorman |
Seattle Prep High School, 1964
Tom Gorman was one of the best high school tennis players in Washington State history. At Seattle Prep High School, Gorman won the state tennis championship three years in a row from 1962-1964. During that time period Gorman only lost one match and was the 31st ranked junior player in the United States.
After High School, Gorman played collegiately at Seattle University where he was an NCAA All-American in 1967 and 1968. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament and was named Seattle University’s Man of the Year in 1968.
Gorman is credited with bringing major tennis tournaments to the Seattle area and also held many local free clinics for kids whenever he was in the area. Steve Escame, WIAA Hall of Fame Tennis Coach, writes, “Gorman has been an inspiration for tennis players in Washington from the middle 1960’s through today. He was noted for his sportsmanship, his humor and his great smile.”
Gorman had a very successful professional career. He was ranked as high as number 10 on the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour (ATP) rankings. His career included seven singles titles and 10 doubles titles. He reached the semifinal rounds in singles at Wimbledon in 1971, the U.S. Open in 1972 and the French Open in 1973.
Gorman was a member of the victorious 1972 United States Davis Cup team and he also coached the Davis Cup team to victories in 1990 and 1992. He has the most wins of any Davis Cup Captain in U.S. history with 18 in all.
In 1972 Gorman received the Harold Lebair Memorial trophy for favorable representation of tennis to the public through community service. He was inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame in 1995, the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the United States Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2001.