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October 30, 2005 10:32 AM

Dick Arnold's list of volunteer service extends from the grassroots to the USTA.  At the USTA level, he has 20 years including serving as a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors, a member of the Executive Committee, and a member of several other committees.

Arnold has been a volunteer at the USTA/Midwest Section level for 24 years.  Currently, he is chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.  He is a past President of the Association from 1992-1993, and served as chairman of eight committees.

At the Wisconsin Tennis Association level, Arnold has been a volunteer for 42 years.  He is currently Co-Chairman of the Officials Committee, member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Awards Committee.  He previously served as President and chaired seven committees.

Arnold’s list of accolades include: Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 1981; the Wisconsin Tennis Association Bill Letwin Award; the USTA/Midwest Section Mel Bergman Award in 1992; the USTA/Midwest Section Stanley Malless Award in 1983; dedication of a four-court addition to the 12-court Woyahn Tennis Complex in his honor in 1997 for 40 years of contributions in the Waukesha community; and USTA/Midwest Section Frank Dowling Award in 2005.

A certified official since 1989, Arnold has worked the following tournaments: Big 10 Championships, USTA/ITA Women's Indoor Championships, ITA dual meets, Wisconsin High School boys' and girls' championships, and USTA/Midwest Section and Wisconsin Tennis Association adult and junior events.  
In addition to his contributions as a volunteer, Arnold also plays the sport of tennis.  He has been ranked in the USTA/Midwest Section in men's doubles, state ranked in men's singles and doubles, and captured 17 Waukesha County/City Men's 35 Singles/Doubles titles.

The 2005 USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel in downtown Milwaukee during the USTA/Midwest Section’s 112th Annual Meeting.
Anyone who wishes to attend the dinner may do so by sending a request and check for $50 to:

Mary Pat Kalbas
USTA/ Midwest Section
8720 Castle Creek Parkway, Suite 329
Indianapolis, IN 46250

The accomplishments of the other three inductees are:

Katrina Adams was born and raised in Chicago, Il., and competed on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for 12 years.  She was ranked as high as No. 67 in singles and No. 8 in doubles. Adams captured 20 WTA doubles titles during her career, and received the WTA Player Service Award in 1996 and 1997.

Currently, Adams is serving a two-year term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors.  She previously served on the USTA Player Development Committee, USTA Executive Committee and USTA Grievance Committee.

Adams also serves as a Color Analyst for the Tennis Channel.  Upon retiring from the professional tour, she was a USTA National Coach from 1999-2002 for the USA Tennis High Performance program.

Adams has given back to the game through grassroots participation in several non-profit organizations that develop tennis players, and is currently the spokesperson for the Althea Gibson Foundation.

As a junior player, Adams captured the Illinois State Singles Championship in 1983 and 1984.  She also won the American Tennis Association Championship.  Adams was named to the All-American Tennis Team in 1986 and 1987 while attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  Adams was the ITCA Rookie of the Year in 1986.  She was the first African-American NCAA Doubles Champion in 1987.  In 1998, Adams was inducted into the Northwestern University Hall of Fame.

Arthur "Bud" Collins was born in Lima, Ohio, and spent his formative years in Berea, Ohio, where he graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College.

Collins is the most visible and versatile United States tennis journalist.  A writer, broadcaster and editor, his memory and knowledge of tennis are encyclopedic.  His tennis commentary, beginning in the 1960s with PBS, pioneered coverage of the game, and continues today with NBC and the Tennis Channel.

Collins has worked as a sports and generalist columnist for the Boston Globe since 1963, and a sports commentator for NBC since 1972.  He annually covers the four majors - Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open - as well as the U.S. in Davis and Federation Cups, and writes for magazines and newspapers around the world.  Collins is the author of such books as "The Education of a Player", "Evonne! On the Move", "My Life with the Pros", and three editions of his encyclopedia.

Although best known as a journalist, Collins is also a tennis player.  In 1961, he won the U.S. Indoor Mixed Doubles title with former top ten player Janet Hopps.  He teamed with Jack Crawford and finished as a finalist in the French Open Senior Doubles in 1975.  In addition, Collins was the Varsity Tennis Coach at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, from 1959-1963.

Collins’ list of accolades received to date include: received an award by Tennis Week in 2002 in recognition of the establishment of the Sportsmen's Tennis Club in inner-city Boston; recipient of journalism's prestigious Red Smith Award in 1999; and inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994. 

Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels competed on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for 19 years.  In her first full year on the WTA she achieved a No. 10 U.S. Ranking.  Piatek-Daniels won her first professional title at Richmond, Virginia, in 1981.  She attained her highest ranking at No. 15 in the world in 1982.

Piatek-Daniels won two Virginia Slims of Chicago doubles titles in 1988 with partner Patricia Hy and in 1989 with partner Candy Reynolds.  She also competed in the World TeamTennis league where she was named the Most Valuable Player in 1985.  She teamed with Butch Walts in 1985 and claimed the mixed doubles championship, and twice finished second in singles standings.

Since retiring from the professional tour, Piatek-Daniels has been volunteering as a coach for the Munster High School tennis teams, with the local
schools and with the local park and recreation department.

Piatek-Daniels played collegiate tennis at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  She was named to the All-American Tennis Team in 1980.

As a junior player, Piatek-Daniels earned 12 junior titles including the French Open Junior Singles and Wimbledon Junior Singles championships.  She represented the U.S. in the Bonne Bell Cup and the Bonne Bell Cup International Junior Competitions.  In 1979, Piatek-Daniels was the world's top ranked junior, captured the Italian junior title, and won the U.S. Hard Courts and Girls' 18 International in Philadelphia.

Piatek-Daniels has received a list of honors which include: recognized at the 2005 US Open during the World Team Tennis 30th anniversary as a former top 15 player; induction into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000; and a local tournament in Munster named in her honor.