Legends of Kentucky Tennis Podcast


The Legends of Kentucky Tennis, The Hall of Fame Series is an intimate conversation with Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame inductees.  Conversations recalling memories and insight to tennis in Kentucky today hosted by the University of Kentucky former Head Tennis Coach of over 30 years, Dennis Emery.  Under Coach Emery's leadership, his team made 23 NCAA appearances with 11 Sweet 16 and 4 Elite Eight finishes   His team also saw three Final Fours at the National Team Indoor.


Dennis is a Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame member and a prolific promoter of tennis in Kentucky  he also served as tournament director for 18 years for the  National Collegiate Team Indoor Championships in Louisville and was the founder of the 28 years and running 100k Lexington Pro Circuit Challenger.


John English - January 12, 2022

On this second of a two-part series podcast, John English details the history of the Louisville Tennis Classic which featured players like Laver, Ashe, Rosewall, and all the greats. English describes how his brother Sam envisioned the event and with his help and a core group made it happen.  It included building a new facility near the Louisville Zoo, battling the weather, and gaining the support of politicians in the state including a young Mitch McConnell (who was not yet a senator).

He also discusses the reasons Louisville left its prestigious position on the world tour.  It’s a great story of how Louisville became the center in the world of tennis for one week a year every summer.