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USTA/Midwest Section Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

August 27, 2015 09:00 AM

The USTA/Midwest Section is excited to announce its 2015 induction class: Anne White, Phil Landauer, Neal Newman, the late Arthur Nielsen, Sr., and Jerry Morse-Karzen.

The 2015 USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place February 5, 2016 at the Chicago Renaissance Hotel in downtown Chicago during the USTA/Midwest Section's 122nd Annual Meeting.

Anne White
Los Angeles, California (formerly of Charleston, West Virginia)  

White competed on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for 11 years.  She finished 1987 ranked a career high No. 19 in singles and a career high No. 9 in doubles.  White captured eight WTA doubles titles and one singles title during her career which included a doubles title in 1986 with Chris Evert in Hilton Head, and a singles title in Phoenix in 1987.  White won four doubles titles in 1984 which included Houston, Palm Beach Gardens, Dallas and Birmingham.

White reached the 1984 US Open Doubles Semifinals and the 1985 French Open Doubles Semifinals with partner Betsy Nagelsen, and the 1985 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals with partner Eliot Teltscher.  White won three Gold Balls in one day in 1980 at the US Amateur Clay Court Championships in Pittsburgh by capturing the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles.

During her collegiate career, White helped the University of Southern California capture the 1980 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Collegiate title where she won the doubles competition.  She was named a two-time All-American doubles player.  As a junior player, White won the US Girls’ 18 Indoor Doubles title with partner Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels.  She finished her junior career with a No. 7 ranking in USTA Girls’ 18 in 1979.  White competed on the United States Wightman Cup team in 1985 and 1986.


Jerry Morse-Karzen
Wilmette, Illinois  

Jerry Morse-Karzen has won four USTA National Father & Son titles with his father Dick (1977, 1978 and 1982), 28 USTA National Father & Son titles with his son Brett (2001 and 2003-2015) and 12 USTA National Father & Daughter titles with his daughter Becky (2004, 2007, and 2010-2015). 

Morse-Karzen has been ranked No. 1 in the USTA Father & Daughter Open division (2002-2005, 2007, and 2010-2012), and No. 1 in the USTA Father & Son Open division (2005-2014).  Morse-Karzen was ranked No. 1 in the USTA Father & Daughter and USTA Father & Son Senior divisions in 2013 and 2014.  He won the Senior ‘Golden Slam’ winning all four USTA National Father & Son Senior titles in 2012.

Morse-Karzen has served as the New Trier High School varsity girls’ tennis coach since 2001, with a three year hiatus from 2009-2011, and was named the Illinois State High School Girls’ Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004.  Morse-Karzen is the tennis director and part owner of the North Shore Racquet Club, the oldest and longest running private indoor tennis facility in the Midwest.  He has coordinated a tennis camp for the past 37 years at his local high school alma mater.

During his collegiate career, Morse-Karzen was a member of the University of Michigan tennis team from 1971-1975.  He was named an All-American, served as team captain, and named to the All Big Ten team.  Morse-Karzen finished as an NCAA doubles semi-finalist in 1975. During his junior career, Morse-Karzen was the Illinois High School State Singles finalist in 1969 and 1970.

Phil Landauer
Naples, Florida (formerly Columbus, Ohio)  

Landauer has won 36 USTA National Championships (10 singles and 26 doubles) with three of those titles in 2010 (USTA National Grass Court 55’s singles and doubles, USTA National Hard Court 55’s doubles).  Landauer’s feat of 20 national doubles titles was achieved with partner Neal Newman.  Over the past 25 years, Laundauer also won several USTA/Midwest Section doubles titles with Newman.

In 2008, Landauer was a USTA Grand Slam doubles champion, winning all four USTA 55’s doubles titles played on grass, clay, indoor and hard court surfaces.  He was ranked No. 1 in doubles in the USTA in every senior age division from the 35’s to the 60’s (twice No. 1 in singles in 40s and 55s).

Landauer has represented the United States in the following international competitions: 1998 USA Dubler Cup 45’s team played in Dublin, Ireland (champions); 2005 USA Fred Perry Cup 50’s team played in Perth, Australia (finalists); 2007 and 2008 USA Austria Cup 55’s team played in Antalya, Turkey (finalists); member of seven straight victorious USA Gordon Cup 45’s teams (Canada versus USA) during the 2000’s; and member of two victorious USA Avory Cup teams.

Landauer was a teaching professional in Columbus for more than 30 years. He was also an owner of an indoor tennis club in Columbus which offered a national junior program that produced seven national junior champions and more than 200 juniors playing major college tennis.

Landauer was born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He played collegiate tennis at the University of Arkansas.  Landauer was inducted into the USTA/Missouri Valley Hall of Fame and the State of Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame.

Neal Newman
Columbus, Ohio  

Newman has won 40 USTA National Championships doubles titles.  He won the USTA National Championships with seven partners including fellow inductee Phil Landauer, Larry Turville, and his son Cole Newman.  Newman won his first national doubles title with partner Phil Landauer in 1986 at the USTA National 35’s Grass Court Championships. 

Newman has won five USTA National Father & Son Doubles Championships with his son Cole.  Together, they have been one of the top USTA National Father & Son teams for more than 20 years and are one of only a few teams to win USTA National Father & Son Open titles on three surfaces (1997 and 1998 Indoors, 2001 Grass Courts, and 2004 Clay Courts). 

Newman has been ranked No. 1 in doubles in the USTA in every age division from the 35’s to the 60’s.  He also was ranked No. 1 in doubles in the USTA Father & Son Open division in 2004 and the USTA Father & Son Senior division in 2008.  In singles, Newman was ranked in the Top 10 in the USTA in every age division from the 35’s to the 55’s.  Newman captured four International Tennis Federation World doubles titles (2004-55’s in Pennsylvania, 2005-55’s in Australia, 2007-55’s in Turkey, and 2010-60’s in Turkey). 

Newman has represented the United States in international competition numerous times. He was a member of the four-player team that won the Dubler Cup 45’s ITF World Team Championship in Germany in 1995, and player and captain of the Von Cramm Cup 60’s team that won the ITF World Team Championship in 2010 in Turkey.  Newman also played on the 2003 Fred Perry Cup 50’s team in Germany, the 2005 Austria Cup 55’s team in Australia, and the 2007 Austria Cup 55’s team in Turkey.  Newman also played internationally in the following International Tennis Federation events: Gordon Cup (Canada versus USA), Potter Cup, Avory Cup, and President's Cup.

Newman has received the following awards: Ohio Valley Tennis Association’s Carl Meyer Award; Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center Sports Hall of Fame inductee; Earlham College Wendell M. Stanley Senior Scholar-Athlete Award; USTA National Father & Son Clay Court Championship Talbert/Trabert Sportsmanship Award in 1999; and USTA National Father & Son Grass Court Championship Chauncey Depew Steele, Jr., Sportsmanship Award in 2005.

Newman is a psychologist who has worked many years at Ohio State University and in private practice.  He has done considerable sport psychology work with tennis players.  Newman played collegiate tennis at Earlham College.

The Late Arthur Nielsen, Sr.
Winnetka, Illinois

Nielsen, Sr., was a philanthropist with a passion for tennis development.  He also participated competitively in the sport as a national level player.  Nielsen, Sr., generously donated an indoor and outdoor tennis facility (12 indoor courts and six outdoor tennis courts) to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968, which was named the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.  He also donated an eight-court indoor tennis facility to the Village of Winnetka, called the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center.  This tennis complex has been ranked by the USTA as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country which features eight indoor and 12 outdoor tennis courts.

Nielsen, Sr., is most known for his market-research company’s (Nielsen Media Research) radio and television rating service known as the Nielsen Ratings.  This rating service became a major force in measuring audience size and composition of radio and television programming in the United States.

Nielsen, Sr., won the USTA National Father & Son Championships with his son Arthur Nielsen, Jr., in 1946 and 1948.  Nelsen, Sr., played collegiate tennis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he captained the team from 1916-1918. 

Nielsen, Sr., was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 1974.