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For love of the game - Alumni Profiles
June 2013 Issue
In 1968, Gordon Smith watched on TV as Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win the U.S. Open tennis championship. Nearly 45 years later, Smith (ABJ ’75, JD ’78) serves as executive director and chief operating officer of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the nation’s governing body for tennis and sponsor of the U.S. Open, a tournament that draws more than 700,000 spectators in two weeks. It all began when the Rome, Ga., native grabbed rackets bought by his father (Oscar Smith, JD ’48) and brother (Marvin Smith, AB ’71). Inspired by the tennis he’d seen on TV, Gordon Smith walked to local courts, started hitting with a friend and “just fell in love with the game.” “I’m one of these people that really believes that tennis made me what I am in so many ways,” he says. Tennis took him to UGA, where he played on scholarship for Coach Dan Magill. “In many ways he was a …
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