TOM HOOD – A product of the RTA junior development program, Hood played No. 1 singles and doubles for Midlothian High School. He won the district championship in both singles and doubles his senior year and was regional runner-up.
Hood played collegiately at the University of Richmond (one year) and Virginia Tech (three years), where he was captain of the team all three years. In his junior season, he set school records for most wins in singles and doubles.
After school, Hood played for a while on the satellite pro tour, obtaining a world ranking in doubles. The highlight of his pro experience was upsetting former top 20 and Grand Slam doubles winner Onny Parun in qualifying for the UVB Tennis Classic.
Hood was an exceptional doubles player, winning the city, State Open Clay Courts, state 21-and-under, Mid-Atlantic Indoor, Mid-Atlantic 40-and-over, and city 35-and-over with a variety of partners, including Tom Magner and Jim Milley.
After teaching for 10 years, including stints at Raintree Swim and Racquet Club, Bon Air Community Association, Westwood Racquet Club, and the Country Club of Petersburg (head pro), Hood has devoted most of his free time volunteering in a variety of ways.
Hood has served on the board of directors for the RTA since 2009, served as tournament director for the city championships, resurrected and worked on behalf of the Richmond Tennis Hall of Fame, and helped with the annual club challenge.
In addition, Hood has served the Virginia Tennis Association as vice-president and president and presently is on the board of the Virginia Tennis Foundation. He is also co-author of Richmond: One of America’s Best Tennis Towns.