CLASS OF 2005
Tommy English was born October 31, 1950, in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was annually ranked as one of the top juniors in Alabama from 1963-1968. In 1968, English and Charlie Owens were ranked No. 1 in doubles in Alabama as well as in the Southern High School Championship Division. After high school, he attended Marion Military Junior College, earning All-Southern honors in tennis before transferring to the University of Alabama in 1969 on a full tennis scholarship, where he lettered twice.
He continued his tennis career as the manager of the Southern Grass Tennis Academy from 1970-72. He also went on to work at the University Club in Houston, Texas. From 1973-75, he was the Senior Vice-President and Director of American Tennis Centers, Inc., in Houston. In 1977, he moved to Oklahoma City where he was the general manager of The Courts, an indoor/outdoor tennis facility.
Soon after, Tommy and a group of investors purchased Summerfield Racquet Club in Oklahoma City where he served as owner and general manager until 1988. While at Summerfield, he brought women’s professional tennis to the city and handled the operation of the tournament for 15 years. This led to his involvement in the operations of the Virginia Slims Legends events in Oklahoma City, Nashville, and Denver. He was also the color commentator and tennis sports advisor for KWTV for four years.
In 1988, He and his wife Patti moved to the Greens Country Club where as director of tennis, he oversaw the building of a new tennis facility which included both indoor and outdoor courts and a clubhouse. English has been honored by ClubCorp as the CCA South-Central Tennis Pro of the Year and, under his leadership, the Greens was named Tennis Club of the Year in 1996. He was inducted into the CCA Hall of Fame in 1998.
In addition to his duties at The Greens, He is active in public tennis as a founding director of Tennis OKC, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that was formed to help the city boost its tennis facilities. He also consults on many tennis projects nationwide, specializing in court construction, lighting and design.
He has been a member of USPTA since 1971 and is also a member of the USTA and a national advisory staff member for both Nike and HeadPenn Racquet Sports.