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Nancy Corse Reed

Rollins College


Capturing her first U.S. senior title at age 40, Nancy Corse Reed (b. 1933) has amassed more than 90 national and international titles to date. A talented high school athlete in suburban Washington, D.C., Reed took up tennis at age 15 and went on to earn the No. 1 spot on her Rollins College team.

Teaching full-time for a decade and earning a master’s degree, she played on the international circuit from 1964 to 1970 and attained a USTA Top 25 ranking. As a senior player, Reed was ranked No. 1 nationally in singles and doubles by the USTA in all but one age group.

Competing internationally on every USTA senior cup team from the 40 to 65 age groups, Reed also claimed singles and doubles victories at the ITF World Championships throughout the 1990s. A dedicated teacher and tireless volunteer for three decades, including two stints organizing ITF world team and individual tournaments in Florida, Reed won the prestigious USTA Service Bowl Award in 1999.

Career Highlights
    B.S., Rollins College 1955; M.A., George Washington University 1965
    Played No. 1, 2 singles and doubles, Rollins College
    Florida State College Doubles Champion 1954
    High school biology and physical education teacher 1956­64
    Ranked in USTA Top 25 1964­70
    Ranked No. 1 in USTA Women’s 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 Singles; Women’s 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 Doubles
    Ranked No. 1 in ITF World Women’s 40, 50, 55 Singles
    U.S. Women’s 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 Grass Court, Clay Court, Indoor Singles and Doubles Champion 1973­present
    World ITF Women’s 55 Singles and Doubles Champion 1992; Women’s 60 Singles Champion 1994, 2000; Women’s 65 Singles and Doubles Champion 1999
    Member, USTA Young Cup Team, women’s 40and over international competition 1978­82; Bueno Cup Team (50 and over) 1983­88; Connolly Cup Team (55 and over) 1992; Marble Cup Team (60 and over) 1994­98; Godfree Cup Team (65 and over) 1998­2001
    Co-founder and first president, National Senior Women’s Tennis Association 1976
    Co-founder, Les Grandes Dames Senior Women’s Prize Money Tennis Circuit 1978
    Women’s assistant and head tennis coach, Rollins College 1984­85
    World Tennis Magazine Senior Women’s Player of the Year 1986
    Winner of the USTA/Florida Section Merit Award 1997
    Winner of the USTA Seniors’ Service Award 1998
    Winner of the USTA Service Bowl 1999
    Captain, USTA Suzanne Lenglen Cup Team (35 and over) 2001
    Organizer, ITF senior international cups and world championships in Florida, 1997­98, 2001­02
    Coordinator, USTA women’s international team captains 2001­2003
    Inducted into the Washington, DC, Tennis Hall of Fame 1975; Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame 1978; Florida Tennis Association Hall of Fame 1985; Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1995
Other 2002 Inductees
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