Category: Tennis History

1985 USTA Women’s Circuit of Hawaii Tournament at Waialae Iki 5 — Hosted by The Gentry Companies

Waialae Iki 5 Tennis Courts - Diamond Head Backdrop

Tennis Tournament History: Waialae Iki 5 — Home of the USTA Women’s Circuit of Hawaii The Gentry Companies, residential and commercial developers, sponsored the first official USTA Women’s Circuit of Hawaii tournament held September 30th to October 6th, 1985, at one of its newest developments, Waialae Iki 5.  32 women competed for a total of […]

A Trip Down Memory Lane — Video Walk-through of Hawaii Tennis History Memorabilia

Hawaii Tennis Memorabilia History Video photo of Albert Murata in his tennis shop

Hawaii Tennis History Memorabilia and Relics Want to join me for a walk down Memory Lane? Well, you’re in luck because YouTube channel, Tennis Ninja TV’s Shane Cashen, visited me this week. His goal? To film me while I share some of my experiences in tennis. In particular, the Hawaii tennis history memorabilia I’ve collected from various […]

Futuristic Tennis Racquet: Historic 1977 Ilikai Grand Prix—Hawaii

Mysterious $800 Futuristic Tennis Racquet Would you pay $800 for a new state of the art futuristic tennis racquet? That’s how much this mysterious racquet would cost if you bought it today!  I first laid eyes on this historic but then revolutionary coal-black racquet with yellow racing stripes in 1977. I had volunteered as a […]

Island Holidays Pro Tennis Classic 1978 Lucky Loser — Tale of the Maui Miracle

Island Holidays Pro Tennis Classic 1978 Tournament Program Cover

Photo from Island Holidays Pro Tennis Classic 1978 Tournament Program Cover Backstory — Island Holidays Pro Tennis Classic The Island Holidays Pro Tennis Classic (aka Hawaii Open), was a $100,000 men’s tournament. Hosted by the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch — Kaanapali, Maui — it was part of the Grand Prix circuit from 1974-1984.  The tournament […]

Avis Challenge Cup — A Trip Down Memory Lane in Hawaii Tennis History

Avis Challenge Cup - Ashe vs Nastase Memorabilia (Scoreboard Names, racquet cover, program)

I find myself more and more reminiscing about my early days in tennis. I was 14 when I first started playing. At that age, I had no idea that tennis history was in the making in my home town of Kona. Right about then, Hawaii hosted the Avis Challenge Cup, showcasing the world’s top professional […]

Groundstroke Tennis Training Aid — Innovative TopspinPro

TopspinPro — Innovative Groundstroke Tennis Training Aids

Groundstroke Tennis Training Aid — The History of the TopspinPro About five years ago, I discovered the TopspinPro, one of the most innovative groundstroke tennis training aids I’ve seen in a long time. Since then, I’ve been using it every day on the courts. But recently, because I couldn’t get on the courts during the […]