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This page serves as a tribute to the memory of our Lifetime Members and an outlet for recognition and reflection. 

We have lit a “virtual” candle on this page to honor their lives and dedication to tennis and ATA.  If you feel we have left out anyone, please contact us at

Our hope is that when you visit, you will take a moment to think about each member and remember them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  We have provided the ability for you to post your tributes, memories, or message below.

We would like to ensure that all our Lifetime Members are included in this tribute.  We invite you to add to dedications, click here to fill out our dedication form.  A candle will be lit between 24-48 hours. 

Stanley R. Turner
1927 - April 10th, 2020

A dedicated member, Stan started playing tennis at the age of 40 at Druid Hill Park, in Baltimore.

Albert Tucker
Dec. 20, 1955 - April 17th, 2020

Al Tucker, served as the Executive Secretary of the ATA for many years. Al brought the ATA Nationals to Fort Lauderdale in 1998 and for many years, we returned there.

Ruth Melba Dupree
September 15, 1934 – June 21, 2020

A life-long member, Ruth was an ATA board member as well as a referee on the local and professional tour.

Robert Ryland 
June 16, 1920 ~ August 2, 2020

Bob was the first black professional male tennis player.  He helped trained Arthur Ashe, Althea Gibson, The Williams sisters, Leslie Allen and many more.

Honorable David Dinkins
July 12 1927 ~ Nov 23, 2020

David Dinkins former NYC mayor,  lifetime member of the ATA,  and a 12-year member of the USTA Board of Directors.

Virginia Glass
Dec. 14, 1926- April 16th, 2020

Among all her great achievements, Virginia became the first female president of the ATA in 1991.

James Adams
March 3rd, 1934 - May 8th, 2020

After retirement, our member James devoted his attention and support to his daughter Katrina who would later become the president of the USTA.

Abraham Shelton, Jr 
June 17, 1938 ~ July 2, 2020 

Abraham played ATA tournaments since 1975 and won the Men's' 60's doubles at the 2000 nationals with his partner Tom Montiero

Daniel D. Burgess 
1953~ September 28, 2020

Daniel was a dedicated coach and instrumental in introducing the game to communities of color in NY.

Larry King Sr.
January 4, 1942 ~ June 22, 2021

Larry was a tennis enthusist and dedicated his life as a community leader and youth mentor.  

Tyrone Gillum
October 22, 1955 ~ March 11, 2023

Tyrone Gillum was an avid tennis player and a lifetime member and supporter of the ATA.

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