Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Hall of Fame to honor Frazer for service

International Tennis Hall of Fame

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati native J. Howard "Bumpy" Frazer will be given the International Tennis Hall of Fame's Golden Achievement Award, the highest honor accorded a non-player, in a ceremony tonight at the Cincinnati Country Club.

Frazer, 79, is the fifth recipient of the award, and the first American. Fellow Walnut Hills High School alum Tony Trabert, the Hall of Fame's president, will present the award.

"I'm certainly thrilled, and I also feel very humble about it," Frazer said.

This award is given annually to individuals who have made important contributions to tennis in the fields of administration, promotion or education. Frazer has served numerous roles for the United States Tennis Association since 1970, including a term as president in 1993-94, and is a former vice president of the International Tennis Federation.

Frazer is a past president of the Cincinnati Tennis Club and a former chairman of the event now known as the Western and Southern Financial Masters. He continues to serve on three USTA committees and represents the USTA on many ITF committees.

One of Frazer's greatest legacies is the $300 million Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open, which opened in 1997. He oversaw its construction during a 10-year tenure on the USTA Board of Directors.

"Every time I walk in, I'm truly thrilled with what we were able to accomplish," Frazer said.

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