Tennis Significant Figures

Tennis History in Dayton, Ohio


Compiled by Barbara O’Hara and Tom Creager


Cathie Gagel Anderson

  • Won many local and regional junior tournaments in the 1950’s
  • Played collegiate tennis for University of California at Berkeley
  • Played senior tournaments at age 35.  Won 17 national championships in singles/doubles
  • Elected as the Dayton Daily News-Montgomery County Tennis Championship Woman Player of the Century, 1895-1999
  • First woman inducted into Dayton Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Won Canadian and Australian senior national championships in singles
  • Selected by United States Tennis Association (USTA) to represent the U.S. in international competition nine times
  • Ranked #2 in U.S. in singles/doubles in women’s 60’s
  • Won World International Team Federation (ITF) championships in Barcelona in women’s 50’s, 1992


Shaw Emmons

  • Never lost a match while at Denison University
  • Won Ohio Conference title four times
  • Won the National Small College crown, 1958


Beth Herr

  • State of Ohio AAA high school singles champion, 1980-81
  • Ranked #1 in U.S. in singles/doubles for girls 18 and under, 1982
  • Ranked #3 in the world in singles for girls 18 and under, 1982
  • Ranked #1 in the world in doubles for girls 18 and under, 1982
  • Captured Grand Slam of World Junior Doubles by winning Wimbledon, French, Italian and U.S. Open titles, 1982
  • Won all major U.S. Junior championships including U.S. Open (singles and doubles), National Hardcourts (singles and doubles) National Clay Courts (singles) Easter Bowl (singles), 1982
  • Won NCAA singles title as freshman at USC, 1983
  • Turned professional, 1983
  • Won Virginia Slims of Arizona in singles, 1986
  • Qualified for World Doubles Champion, 1984, 1986, 1988
  • Reached semi-finals of mixed doubles in French Open, 1986
  • Reached quarter-finals at both Wimbledon and French Open in mixed doubles, 1989, 1990
  • Played team tennis for the Raleigh Edge, 1990


Virginia Hollinger

  • A poker-faced redhead, who was the first tennis champ from Dayton
  • One of he most accurate baseline hitters of the 1930’s
  • At 16 years old, was runner-up of the National Indoor Girls Championships in 1933
  • Won the National Indoor Girls Championships, 1934 and 1938
  • Virginia Hollinger Memorial Tennis Club, Oakwood, is the area’s only private clay court tennis club


Willard Hollinger, Virginia’s father

  • Scheduled Virginia to practice with players like Bud Bickman, Bob Gray and David Meeker who had differing styles of play.  They practiced on the Runnymede Playhouse private court, a highly polished asphalt type surface.


Jessica Kirkland

  • Ranked #1 in the nation 18 and under singles and doubles, 2000
  • Turned professional at age 17, 2004
  • Plays International Tennis Federation events (professional)


Jack and Jim Kohls, brothers

  • Ohio State University doubles champs, 1975-76


Frank Kronauge, Jr.

  • “Winningest” champion in Montgomery County
  • Won Montgomery County Doubles title at age 17 in 1918
  • In 1923, age 22, won his first county singles championship and doubles with Roland McKee
  • Frank and Roland won five years in succession, lost two years in a row in the finals
  • Won the following four years
  • Won nine county singles titles
  • Semi-finalist several years in the Tri-State tournament in Cincinnati (Bill Tilden won in the same tournament.)
  • Inducted into the Dayton Tennis Hall of Fame in the 1980’s


Bob Kronauge

  • Frank’s grandson and Dan’s brother
  • #1 singles for four years, 1973-76, Archbishop Alter High School
  • Won high school districts and regionals, 1974-76
  • #1 Ohio Valley ranking, Western ranking and ranked #32 in the 18 and under, 1976
  • #1 singles/doubles at University of Cincinnati, 1976-80
  • Played in NCAA singles three years and NCAA doubles on year
  • Won the Metro Conference (consisting of Florida State, Tulane, St. Louis, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Memphis State, University of Cincinnati), 1979
  • Invited to National College Tournament in San Diego as one of top 64 players in the country
  • Captain of University of Cincinnati tennis team, 1979-80
  • Presently is a teaching pro at Kettering Tennis Center
  • Won Montgomery County men’s singles, 1977-81
  • Won five doubles championships at Montgomery County Tournament
  • Played in Cincinnati’s ATP, losing to Eddie Dibbs who was ranked #5 in U.S., 1979
  • Inducted into Dayton’s Tennis Hall of Fame, 1989


Dan Kronauge

  • Frank’s grandson
  • Ohio State High School doubles champion, 1986
  • Mid-American Indoor singles champion while at Ball State, 1990
  • Volvo All American doubles champion, 1991
  • Rolex Midwest Regional singles champ, 1991
  • Collegiate ranking of 31 in doubles and #18 in singles, 1992
  • National Indoor singles quarter finalist and doubles semi-finalist, 1992
  • Rolex Collegiate All Star Team, 1992
  • Division 1 All American
  • Voted All Century Tennis Team at Ball State, 2000
  • Satellite level participation in Portugal, Germany, Central American, Mexico, winning five titles
  • Competed in ATP Grand Prix events
  • Highest ranking in ATP doubles was 172
  • Cincinnati Metropolitan Tournament singles finalist and doubles champ, 1998.  Doubles champ, 1999-2002


Justin Kronauge

  • Frank’s great-grandson and Bob’s son
  • Ranked #1 junior in the U.S. in 18 and under singles, 2005
  • State high school singles champ, 2006
  • Ohio State University tennis team
  • Won the 2007 ITA Midwest Regional Tennis Tournament in singles and doubles with Drew Eberly
  • 2009 he won his 100th OSU match - 10th on OSU's all-time list
  • Graduated from OSU in 2010 with most singles wins(147) and most doubles wins(275).


Barry MacKay, greatest player from the Dayton area

  • State high school champion twice while at Oakwood
  • Won National Collegiate singles championship his senior year at University of Michigan, 1957
  • Named top amateur tennis player of the year and won Bob Hope award, 1960
  • Member of U.S. Davis Cup team, 1956-60
  • National Indoor and Clay Courts champion, 1960
  • Ranked #1 in the U.S. 1960
  • Turned professional, 1960
  • Tennis commentator and lead analysis for The Tennis Channel’s coverage of top tennis tournaments
  • Served as tournament director and promoter for more than 12 annual events, highlighted by promoting two U.S. David Cup finals
  • President of BMK Sports and serves on the board of directors for Youth Tennis Advantage in Northern California


Bonnie MacKay, Barry’s sister

  • Won the National Girls’ Junior Doubles with partner Elaine Lewicki of Hamtramick, Michigan, 1954  


Jim Nichols

          Graduated from Steele High School where he played tennis

           Attended Miami University and worked on the school paper, Miami Standard

          Became sports editor of the Journal Herald and Dayton Daily News and editor of the Downtowner

         Co-founded The Virginia Hollinger Memorial Tennis Club in 1954 with Wally Weston    

         Ran the Dayton Daily News/Montgomery County Tennis Tournament       

         In the 1970's the tennis courts at DeWeese Parkway were named in his honor

           Inducted into the Dayton Tennis Hall of Fame in 1976

           Died December 16, 2008, at the age of 89


Julie Quamme

  • National  Junior College Champion in singles while attending Sinclair College
  • High School State Singles Champion in 1976, Fairmont West High School


Susan Rudd

  • National Collegiate doubles champ, 1992
  • Rice University Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Ranked #8 nationally with partner, Nancy Budde, in platform tennis


Mary and Francis Wilson

  • Organizers of Dayton area tennis after World War II
  • Mary was six times Women’s Singles Champ in Dayton Daily News-Montgomery County Tournament, 1940’s
  • As a couple, the Wilsons won the County Mixed Doubles title, 1947
  • Original member of Dayton Tennis Commission which was organized by City of Dayton Recreation Department
  • Active in forming the Virginia Hollinger Memorial Tennis Club, 1947
  • Started Junior Davis and Junior Wightman Cup teams in Dayton area
  • Mary was Dayton Junior Area Tennis Chairman, trustee with the Ohio Valley Tennis Association, Western Junior Wightman Cup Chair
  • Wilson Family (including daughters Janet and Ann) named Tennis Family of the Year by the Ohio Valley Tennis Association and the Midwestern Tennis Association, 1976
  • Awarded the Ralph D. Wescott U.S. Tennis Association’s Tennis Family of the Year, 1976
  • Named to the Dayton Tennis Commission Hall of Fame, 1977