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Springer Wins SWS Award

January 20, 2008 06:10 PM

Tom Springer, well-known in SE New Mexico in senior tournament play, was nominated by SENM to receive the Section Player of the Year Award for 2007. He won that award and was presented by Jim Crouse, his long-time doubles partner, at the Annual Meeting and Awards dinner in El Paso in October.


Tom and Jim

Tom's tennis career began in 1948 as a sophomore at El Paso High School. He won the Texas State Doubles Championship when he was a senior. He attended the University of Texas on a tennis scholarship and was runner-up in singles for the same three years. He reached the NCAA quarterfinals in doubles in 1954 and was alphabetically ranked in the United States that year.

Southern California was his residence from 1955-1990. He played numerous USTA sanctioned tournaments in the area, winning approximately seventy tournaments in doubles and approximately twenty-five tournments in singles.

Tom retired to cloudcroft, NM, from where he travels to quietly and methodically dominate. Now in the 75 age division, he is an awesome sight in his 6'4" frame and fantastic wingspan.

SWS rankings include singles #1 four times in age 60 division; #1 four times in age 65; #1 three times in age 70 (out one year with heart problems). In doubles he received #1 rankings nine times from 2001-2007 and #2 five times.

He has been ranked nationally as high as #7 in 2000.

In November, 2007, he traveled to New Zealand to play the Bitsy Grant Cup and helped the team make its way to the finals by winning two singles matches and a couple of doubles. The team lost only to Canada.

Following that team competition, he played a world tournament there and tied for third in singles. He is ranked in the top ten in the world following his stellar performances in New Zealand.

Always humble and gentlemanly, Tom is respected and admired by opponents and players of all ages. He always offers encouragement to players who are still in the developmental stages of their games. He is a role model and mentor.