Dennis Van der Meer, Howard Head Inducted Into Tennis Industry Hall of Fame

Dennis Van der Meer and Howard Head are the first two inductees into the new “Tennis Industry Hall of Fame.” The two men and their contributions to the sport were honored at a special reception in New York City just before the US Open.

“We’ve set the bar very high with our inaugural inductees,” said TIA President Dave Haggerty. “Dennis Van der Meer and Howard Head are two titans of tennis, well-deserving of this honor.” Van der Meer’s life work has contributed to the betterment of tennis for those in the industry as well as players worldwide, and Head, who died in 1991, was a true visionary who revolutionized both the tennis and ski industries.

The Tennis Industry Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have made a significant impact to the sport, from the 1960s to the present. Nominations are made in four categories: inventors, founders, innovators and contributors. For more information, or to submit nominations, visit


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