JANET THOMAS GRIFFITH

CLASS OF 2011
 

   


Janet Thomas was born in 1954 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Her tennis career began in 1964 when her father gave her a tennis racket for her 10th birthday.  Thus was born a 40 year tennis career.  She was ranked # 1 in Oklahoma and # 1 or # 2 in the Missouri Valley every year in her age division in Singles and Doubles.  During her junior career, she attained National Singles rankings of # 5, # 7, # 9, # 10, # 15, and # 21 with her highest ranking being # 4 in Girl's 14s.  She won the 12-under Cotton Bowl, won the 14-under Sugar Bowl twice, and received two National Sportsmanship Awards.

Janet played a year of collegiate tennis at Central State in Edmond, had a 22-0 record, and was one of the eight girls selected at the National Tournament to play on the Junior Wightman Cup Team.  She transferred to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, for her sophomore year.  She had a winning record and was listed among the top 15 collegiate players.  She then transferred to the University of Oklahoma and played # 1 Singles and Doubles on OU's first ever Women's Tennis Team.

From 1976-2004, Janet continued competitive play, winning Missouri Valley Senior age group singles in 25 of the 35 tournaments she played.  As a Certified USPTA Teaching Professional, she has done a lot of teaching while serving as Head or Assistant Pro at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, Woodlake Racket Club, Tulsa Tennis Club, Tulsa Southern Tennis Club, and Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville.  She served as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Oral Roberts University for five years.  Her teams had a winning season each year, and, in 1985 she was named the Conference Coach of the Year.

Janet has directed local tennis tournaments, developed mixed doubles tournaments, run team tennis groups, ladies leagues, after school programs, summer clinics, and tennis socials.  She worked in the National Junior Tennis League program and gave free lessons to under privileged children.