Avis Murray was honored with the 2013 Alex Gordon Award for the Professional of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Association. Murray was recognized during the Awards Luncheon at the USPTA World Conference in Orlando on Friday, Sept. 27.
The professional of the year is judged in seven areas, including: contributions to USPTA and USTA; as a teaching professional, player and coach; education, research and publications; organizational affiliations; and contributions to the community.
The Gloucester resident has been a member of the USPTA since 1971, the same year she was hired by the Bass Rocks Golf Club as the head tennis professional and has been there ever since.
Murray has served in many roles as a member of the USPTA. The Master Professional was on the USPTA National Awards Committee; USPTA New England Board from 1993 to 2012 and served as President from 2008-2010; and was the chairwoman of the Women’s, Diversity, Nominating, Public Relations and Tennis Across America committees. She was also in charge of the division scrapbook from 1987-2010. In addition, she has served on the USTA Hall of Fame Committee since 1996 and is presently treasurer of the USTA New England Eastern Massachusetts Board.
In addition to her administrative roles, Murray is also a top player on the court. She has earned several No. 1 rankings in singles and doubles with the USPTA and has participated in the association’s International Championships at the annual World Conference since 1986. In addition, she was named the USPTA Women’s 45 and Over Player of the Year in 1996 and earned a No. 1 ranking in doubles in the New England Division for many years. Murray was also on the 2009 USTA national championship team for Super Seniors.
The seasoned tennis pro has earned many awards for her more than 40 years of service, including being named USPTA New England Eastern Massachusetts Pro of the Year, Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Senior Player of the Year, Division Pro of the Year and also the Ed Serues President’s Award for outstanding and long-term service.
Murray’s dedication and service earned her spots in the Gloucester High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the USTA New England Hall of Fame, had the courts at Manchester Athletic Club and Bass Rocks Golf Club named in her honor, received the New England Youth Tennis Foundation Ned Weld Award, and the AMVETS Sports Award. Additionally, the Gloucester Fisherman’s Athletic Association has named an award in her honor to be given to an individual for extraordinary contributions to Gloucester Athletics.