CLASS OF 2003
Phil Landauer was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, in 1949. He grew up there and graduated from Ponca City High School in 1967. As a Senior, he was a State High School Singles Champion at # 2 and the Wild Cats won the team championship. He was ranked in the top 10 in the 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s in the Missouri Valley during his junior career. He played college tennis at the University of Arkansas holding down the # 1 Singles and Doubles positions. He played Satellite tournaments for three years after college.
In 1986, he started playing in the USTA National age tournaments. He has won 14 Gold Balls (4 in singles and 10 in doubles) and 13 Silver Balls. He was ranked # 1 nationally in Men's 35 Doubles with Neal Newman in 1986 and # 1 in Men's 40 Singles in 1992.
In 1998, Phil was chosen as one of the four players to represent the United States in the Dubler Cup. The Dubler Cup is similar to the Davis Cup, except it is for Men 45 years of age and older. The competition, played in Dublin, Ireland, was won by the U.S. He has also been on two victorious Avory Cup Teams. These are competitions between the U.S. and Great Britain played one year in London and one year in Philadelphia. He has been on the last seven Gordon Cup Teams (U.S. -vs- Canada), all won by the U.S. Last weekend he was inducted into the Missouri Valley Tennis Hall of Fame.
As impressive as his playing record is, his coaching record is equally outstanding. He has coached over 100 Nationally ranked juniors, 4 National Champions, and several Orange Bowl and Easter Bowl winners.
He currently resides in Hilliard, Ohio. He continues to coach and is part owner of THE PLAYERS CLUB, an indoor tennis facility in Columbus, Ohio. His parents still live in Ponca City and he still considers himself to be an Okie.