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WTA honors Ruth Cakans as its current featured volunteer

January 25, 2005 10:23 PM

Ruth Cakans

Ruth's Career as a volunteer started as a WTA umpire in 1971 where she officiated at the Virginia Slims. Her most memorable match was calling lines for the finals between Billie Jean King and Ann Hayden Jones. Ruth continued working as a volunteer umpire for 24 years retiring in 1993.

In her work as a WTA Board member from 1979-1991, she served four years as Historian, as Tournament Commissioner, and on the Conduct committee. She has served on the ranking committee for 23 years, holding the chairmanship for six years including the transitioning from manual to computer generated rankings.

In her local Milwaukee Area, Ruth helped run the Helfaer Junior Open for 14 years when husband, Willie, was tennis coach at Marquette University. It was the second largest tournament in the state at that time with more than 300 entries every year. She was also site director of the Milwaukee Tennis Classic at Le Club from its inception until 1992.

In 1987, Ruth received the first Rollie Mueller President's award which recognizes those who develop and administer new tennis programs in the Wisconsin District.

Ruth also found time to coach Bayside Middle School after school league for five years, and formed and captained many league teams for more than 30 years, going to Indianapolis in four of those years.

The Board of the WTA thanks Ruth and honors her for her years of dedicated service to growing the game of tennis in the Wisconsin District. Ruth is planning to spend more time in warmer weather during future winter months and we wish her well.

Please click on "Volunteering" on the left, then "Outstanding Volunteer" for prior "Featured Volunteers"