Tom Magner

TOM MAGNER – Magner grew up in Florida and worked at the Orlando Tennis Club in exchange for lessons from the pro, who was Hugh Waters. He learned the game well enough to receive a scholarship offer from Middle Tennessee State University. The slightly built Magner played No. 1 singles and doubles for the Blue Raiders, who beat the University of Virginia 8-1 during a visit to the state in the early 1970s. During the summers, Magner worked as an assistant to Waters at the club in Orlando. One summer, Waters took the job as director of tennis at Westwood, and Magner continued to work for him — this time in Richmond. After college graduation, Magner became an assistant pro at Westwood for two years. During that time, he was runner-up to Mike Eikenberry in the city tournament before winning back-to-back singles titles (1973-74). He was runner-up to Tommy Cain in 1976 and added his third championship in 1979 over David Snidow. “I would have won a lot more if Cain and [Junie] Chatman hadn’t come along,” Magner said of the future Hall of Famers. Although he didn’t win any more singles titles, Magner teamed with Tom Hood, Ward Hamilton, and Damian Sancilio to claim various doubles crowns. Magner continued to play in the city and state for many years, even after his years as a contender were over. Magner left Westwood to become director of tennis at Willow Oaks Country Club and oversaw the installation of four indoor courts there. He returned to Raintree as a head pro when Waters bought the club and stayed for 10 years. When Waters sold Raintree, Magner went to Jefferson-Lakeside Country Club as director of tennis and remained there for three decades. He left in 2018 and works with his son, Matt, now helping to oversee the building and reconstructing of multi-use athletic courts