CLASS OF 2012
Susan Russo was born in 1965 and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She had her first tennis lesson at age 10 and qualified to play the 12-under Nationals at age 11. She won the Missouri Valley 12-under singles in 1977; earned a National Junior Ranking seven consecutive years; and won four National Doubles Tournaments: the 16-under Clay Courts, the 16-under Hard Courts, the 18-under Nationals, and the 18-under Indoors. She was runner-up in two other national tournaments: the 16-under Nationals and the 18-under Clay Courts. She was a three-time 5A High School State Singles Champion and played in the 1983 US Open with Mary Norwood. She went to the University of Arizona on a full tennis scholarship and was Team Captain all four years. Her Freshman Year she played #2 Singles and #1 Doubles and was the 1984 PAC-10 Freshman of the Year. She played the #1 Singles and Doubles Positions each of the next three years. She was a three-time NCAA Collegiate All American and a three-time University of Arizona "Golden A" recipient for Academic Accomplishment. Since college, Susan has taught tennis to Juniors and Adults at Shadow Mountain Racquet Club in Tulsa and at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond. She remains a faithful, loyal supporter of Women’s Tennis and Athletic Scholarship Funds at the University of Arizona. She currently resides in Redondo Beach, California.