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Congratulations John Whitlinger, 2010 USTA Midwest Section Hall of Fame

December 2, 2010 08:13 PM
10 John Whitlinger
 
John Whitlinger of Stanford, California will be inducted into the 2010 USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame at its 117th Annual Meeting, December 4.  Born and raised in Neenah, John is a 1972 graduate of Neenah High School.  It was there that he won 109 consecutive matches and captured four WIAA State High School Singles Championships from 1969-1972, one of only 2 players in Wisconsin state history to achieve this feat. He owns 11 National Junior Titles including the International Orange Bowl in 1969 and 1970.
 
John’s involvement and talent in tennis in those early years was the catalyst for the entire Whitlinger family’s contribution to tennis in the Fox Valley and the Fox Cities Racquet Club.  In 1998, John was inducted in the Fox River Valley Tennis Hall of Fame.   
 
Whitlinger has served as the Stanford University Head Men’s Tennis coach for the past six years and has led Stanford to a 93-52 career record and five NCAA tournament appearances. He was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2006. Prior to his current position, Whitlinger was an associate coach at Stanford for 18 years. He received the inaugural National ITA Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 1997.
 
Whitlinger has received the following honors: induction into the ITA Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1999; member of Stanford’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and induction into the Fox River Valley Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998. Also, the extended Whitlinger family was named the 1986 USTA Tennis Family of the Year.
 
Whitlinger competed on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour for six years. He was ranked in the Top 50 in singles, and ranked in Top 40 in doubles. Whitlinger was a member of U.S. Junior Davis Cup Teams from 1970-1974. He played for the Indiana Loves of the World Team Tennis League.
 
During his collegiate career, Whitlinger led Stanford to its first two NCAA Championships in 1973 and 1974. He won the NCAA Singles Championship in 1974 and NCAA Doubles Championship with Jim Delaney in 1974. Whitlinger was named All-American in 1974 and 1975.
 
 “John Whitlinger’s current success as a collegiate tennis coach and accomplishments as a junior player in the Midwest and Nationally, makes him an excellent addition to the USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame,” stated USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame Chairman Ronald A. Brooks.
 
The USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame was established in 1984. With the 2010 inductee class, the Midwest Hall of Fame is comprised of 65 distinguished individuals.
 

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