Janet Hopps Adkisson

Seattle University

1999

A superb athlete who played baseball and football as a girl, Janet Hopps Adkisson (b.1934) took up a tennis racket at age 12 and three years later claimed theh California state singles and doubles titles. When her family moved to Seattle in 1953, Adkisson became a top student at Seattle University while playing No.1 on the men’s tennis team. She also pioneered national intercollegiate play for women, sweeping the All-College Girls’ Championships three years in a row.
Dominating Northweest tennis, Adkisson broke into the national Top 10 in 1956 and enjoyed great success on the international circuit. In 1962 she married university administrator William Adkisson, with whom she raised seven children. Described as ‘unselfishly devoted to the sport 100 percent,’ Adkisson has worked tirelessly as a professional, including a 10-year term as coach of the Seattle University tennis teams. In 1998, marking a half-century of service to tennis, she was inducted into the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame.

Career Highlights
    Ranked in the USTA Top 10 1956-60
    No.1 in Doubles 1960
    World Top 15 Rankings in Singles
    Top 5 in Doubles 1958-60
    No.2 in Mixed Doubles 1959-60
    California State Singles and Doubles Champion 1950
    USTA/Northern California Section Sportsmanship Award 1951
    National College Girls’ Tennis Tournament Singles Champion 1954-1956
    Doubles Champion 1955-56
    No. 1 Player on Seattle University men’s tennis team 1954-1956
    U.S. Clay Court Doubles Champion 1955
    South American Singles Champion 1958
    U.S. Mixed Doubles Finalist 1959
    Wimbledon Semifinalist Doubles, Mixed Doubles 1960
    U.S. Indoor Triple Crown (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles) 1961
    U.S. Hard Court Doubles Champion 1962
    U.S. Junior Wightman Cup Team Member 1954-56 Team Captain 1956
    U.S. Wightman Cup Team Member 1958-1960
    Team Captain 1959-1960
    U.S. Senior Indoor Singles and U.S. Hard Court Doubles Champion 1974
    Director, Nordstrom-Kodel Cup (national mixed doubles competition) 1974 -1978
    President, USPTA/Pacific Northwest Section 1977-1978
    Director, Avon Championships of Seattle 1980-1982
    USPTA Master Professional 1989
    Coach, Seattle University men’s and women’s tennis teams 1983-1994
    5-time NAIA Division Coach of the Year; competed in nationals 1991-1994
    Captain, U.S. Alice Marble Cup Team 1996 – present
    Pacific Northwest Tennis Pro of the Year 1978
    Centennial Alumni Award, Seattle University 1991
    Member, Seattle University Sports Hall of Fame
    Inducted into the Northwest Sports Foundation Hall of Fame 1981
    State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame 1998
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