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2015 USTA Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Saturday, March 7, 2015

The USTA Louisiana announced that Michael McNulty III of Lake Charles and Tommy Robinson of Alexandria have been selected as 2015 inductees of the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame. Induction into the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame is brought about by the excellence of activities and contributions, connected with Louisiana Tennis, that have brought substantial recognition and esteem to the individual and the LouisianaDistrict of the USTA. The official induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March. 7, 2015 at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club in New Orleans, LA.

 

Michael McNulty III

Michael McNulty III attended Tulane University, graduating Cum Laude in Political Science, and then later graduating from Tulane School of Law in 1976. He has practiced law for 38 years, specializing in litigation. McNulty is a partner with the law firm of Plauche, Smith & Nieset and is considered one of America’s top attorneys in the areas of insurance defense, construction, products and premises liability.

McNulty comes from a tennis family. Mike’s father, Mickey McNulty served as USTA Louisiana President in 1991-1992. Mike has always maintained close ties to tennis. He was the founder and Officer of the Lake Area Community Tennis Association, Lake Charles, coached the St. Louis High School tennis team, and of course was active on the courts, playing on Louisiana State Championship Teams, Southern Section Championship Teams and had a third place team finish, twice at Nationals.

McNulty’s greatest contribution to tennis has been his relentless work to grow the game in Lake Charles and beyond. He served as President of USTA Louisiana (2004-2006) and thereafter as USTA Southern President (2011-2012). He currently serves as a National Delegate representing the USTA Southern Section. McNulty also currently serves as Council Chair to the USTA Rules Council and is a member of the ITF Constitutional Committee, USTA Arbitration Task Force, Presidents Committee, among others. In addition, McNulty is the former Tournament Chairman and current member of the Tournament Steering Committee for the BB&T Atlanta Open, the tournament that annually kicks off the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series.

Mike’s long list of volunteer awards include the Jacobs Bowl for outstanding volunteer service, the President’s Award from LTA, the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Award, Lake Charles Racquet Club Volunteer of the Year Award, Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals award as well as many more. His family was also honored with the LTA and USTA Southern Family of the Year award which is now known as The Mickey McNulty Family of the Year Award and is given out annually at all Louisiana Tennis and Southern Annual Meetings.

"In my work with the LTA, we have been blessed with a series of extraordinary presidents. Mike McNulty was not only extraordinary, but was a transformational president,” said Drew Meyers, former LTA President. "Mike’s positive impact on Louisiana tennis continues to this day and will for years to come.”

 

Tommy Robinson

Tommy is the son of the legendary LSU Tennis Coach Dub Robinson, who was inducted into the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986. With Tommy’s induction, Tommy and Coach Robinson become the first father-son inductees into the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame. The Robinson family was LSU Tennis in the late 1950s with Coach Robinson coaching his sons, Tommy and Johnny. "Dad’s greatest gift as a teacher was his enthusiasm,” Tommy says. "Some of Dad’s teachings, which he lived, are always with me,” Tommy said. "Be a gentleman when you win; be a man when you lose. If you lose, hurt so bad that you work harder, so it won’t happen again. "Coach Dub Robinson was the ultimate gentleman and Tommy and his brother, Johnny, are just like him,” continued Drew. "The Robinson family is one of Louisiana’s great tennis families. Tommy was a great player, a tough competitor, and a remarkable ambassador for Louisiana tennis.”

Tommy certainly followed his father’s good advice.

Tommy was an LSU tennis great usually always winning his singles matches and then teaming up with his brother, Johnny to win doubles matches. In 1958, Tommy went undefeated in SEC competition and won the No. 2 singles SEC championship. In 1959, Tommy and Johnny teamed up to capture the SEC’s No. 2 doubles championship. After college, Tommy enjoyed a sterling adult competition record winning numerous championships.

 Tommy Robinson graduated from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1963; he completed his internship and flight training in the U.S. Air Force. He served as a flight surgeon in Vietnam. He was both the Air Training Command and Military Airlift Command tennis champion and played on the USAF tennis team at the All-Service tennis tournaments. Upon leaving the Air Force, Tom completed his ophthalmology residence in New Orleans and began practice in Alexandria, La. He retired from his practice after thirty-five years. In 1977, Tom began going to Mexico on eye mission surgery trips, four or more times a year for over thirty-seven years. His 150 plus trips have provided 15,000 eye surgeries


 

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