Laver, Riggs among 2017 SoCal Hall of Fame inductees

The Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame will have a rather illustrious Class of 2017 at its annual induction gala in October.

Joining the likes of Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin and Michael Chang will be a group headlined by the immortal Rod Laver.

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Laver, inducted into the International Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1981, has a strong southern California connection.

He is a longtime resident of Carlsbad, just north of San Diego.

Other inductees

*Debbie Graham (Shaffer), who reached the top 35 in both singles and doubles after a standout college career at Stanford. 

*Jim and Annette Buck, longtime players and coaches who are an invaluable part of the Southern California tennis family.

Sampras-Webster is one of only two UCLA women’s tennis players to earn All-American status for four years (photo courtesy of the SCTA).

*Herb Flam, who was a standout college player at UCLA, ranked in the top-10 in the world back in the amateur days in the 1950s, a Davis Cup player and a nine-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist.

*Bobby Riggs, who won the singles, doubles and mixed titles at Wimbledon in 1939 and whose story is back in the public eye these days with the imminent release of the movie about his historic match against Billie Jean King in 1973.

*Stella Sampras-Webster, sister of Pete and a four-time All-American at UCLA. She has spent more 20 years as the head coach of the women’s team at UCLA.

There are many more deserving inductees. Check out the organization’s press release for a complete list.  

The gala will take place Oct. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Huntingdon Beach Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, California.

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