Tri-County Youth Sports Grant
Tri-County Youth Sports Grant Winners
Alice Luthy Tym

Alice is one of those exceptional women who has combined beauty, brains and brilliance into careers both on and off the tennis court. When she graduated in 1960 as salutatorian of her Peoria High class, she was already distinguishing herself with a racquet under the watchful eye of tennis pro, Tom Coker. At the University of Florida where she played No. 1 for four years, she was crowned Florida Inter-Collegiate College Champion.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1964, then received a M.A. in geography and agricultural economics as a Ford Foundation Fellow in 1966.

After graduation, she began playing the world circuit, winning titles in Canada, Ireland, England, most European countries, Japan, India, Egypt, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Africa, and South America. She played in the Grand Slam tournaments (Wimbleton, France, Australia, and the United States) many times. An Illinois State Champion, ranked No. 1 in the Westerns, her highest ranking was 13th in the World!

Alice turned pro in the 70s, was soon ranked No. 1 in the United States Professional Tennis Association for teaching professionals, being named their Coach of the Year, while leading tennis teams from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Yale to several national titles. She has written for several tennis publications and is also a clinician and speaker for the U.S.I.A..

In 1983 she was inducted into the International Lawn Tennis Club.

Today Alice teaches geology and geography at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. She still coaches tennis, while raising three active children. on her farm in McDonald, TN.