The History of Women's Collegiate Tennis

Explore the Past

The ITA Women’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame was created to celebrate the milestones in women’s collegiate tennis, from the early struggles for recognition to the achievement of full-fledged intercollegiate competition. Established by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Hall of Fame is operated by the College of William and Mary and is housed in the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center on the William & Mary campus.

The Hall of Fame aspires to preserve the history and further the development of women’s inter- collegiate tennis through the collection of printed materials, trophies, photographs, equipment and other significant items.

Each year, the Hall of Fame enshrines exceptional players, coaches and contributors in women’s intercollegiate tennis. The ITA Hall of Fame Committee selects inductees from the following categories:

  • Outstanding collegiate players

  • Players who attended college and had a significant impact on women’s tennis

  • Outstanding collegiate coaches

  • Individuals or corporations playing a major role in the development of women’s inter-collegiate tennis

Milestone Timeline


Lawn tennis is introduced in the United States by a woman, Mary Ewing Outerbridge of Staten Island, New York.


The United States National Lawn Tennis Association (later the USLTA and now the USTA) opens its membership to women.