U.S. Tennis Association South Carolina and the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation recently announced that Judy Levering, formerly of Hilton Head Island, and Renata Marcinkowska of Myrtle Beach will be the newest inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Both recipients have dedicated countless hours to growing the sport of tennis in South Carolina and throughout the world.
Their achievements will be formally celebrated at the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame banquet on Dec. 10 at Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms. Levering began learning tennis from her parents as a child in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended Northwestern University, where she was an active member of the Women’s Athletic Association. She was inducted into the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, and was made a member of the ‘N’ Club. Currently residing in Pennsylvania, she spent more than 17 years growing the sport of tennis in South Carolina.
Following 15 years of volunteer service to tennis, Levering was elected to the USTA Board of Directors in 1994, serving as the first vice president in 1997 and 1998, and the first female president in the USTA’s 118-year history in 1999 and 2000. She was instrumental in creating USTA Serves, a national charitable foundation that is now known as the USTA Foundation. One of her most notable legacies is the naming of the U.S. Open stadium at Flushing Meadows after Arthur Ashe.