Louisville, Kentucky – September 7, 2018 - The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Kentucky announced the nomination of Mike Eden, Nicholasville, Kentucky and Matthew Emery, Kennesaw, Georgia into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame. Induction Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Louisville.
A committee of 11 from all areas of the state, chaired by John English, 2008 member of the Hall of Fame has selected the 2018 Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame nominees.
Mike Eden of Nicholasville currently serves as Vice President on the USTA Kentucky Board of Directors, chair of the Marketing Committee and serves on a Southern Section committee and subcommittee. He played competitively at Elizabethtown High School and Georgetown College and continued his competitive play in USTA Tournaments and Adult League Tennis. Eden has coached, officiated, volunteered and is a founding member of the Kentucky High School Tennis Coaches Association. He is an avid collector of tennis memorabilia and a founding member of the Tennis Collectors of America along with being a collaborative author of “The History of Tennis in Louisville and Kentucky”. “I am very thankful for being nominated and deeply honored to be recognized by the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame Committee. It is a thrill to be selected as an inductee of such a distinguished tennis group”, states Eden.
Matthew Emery is currently the Director of Tennis at Kennesaw State University. Prior to his coaching career, Emery had an impressive playing career both on the junior circuit and collegiately. As a junior player, his world ranking of 15 in singles and 18 in doubles as well as a National Clay Court winner has never been achieved by another Kentucky player. He played in all four Grand Slams having wins over several top 20 professional players. He reached number 1 in US rankings as a 16, 17 and 18-year-old prior to a near career ending eye injury at age 18. After which he successfully competed at the collegiate level at the University of Kentucky. After his collegiate career, Emery transitioned to coaching. “I am honored and humbled to be inducted into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame. For my career to be viewed as comparable to the great players, coaches and contributors already inducted is a tremendous honor that is not lost on me.” states Emery.
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