Sept. 8, 2009
The Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame expanded its numbers Friday, welcoming its second class of four talented lettermen at a reunion banquet at the Foundry. The Hall of Famers and other lettermen were honored during halftime of Tennessee's victory over Western Kentucky at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
Tommy Bartlett, Winburn G. Currie Jr., Lenny Schloss and the late Tommy Mozur joined the five other Volunteer greats already in the Hall of Fame.
"Our annual lettermen's reunion is always such a great gathering of legends in Tennessee's athletic history," said Mike Hamilton, men's athletics director. "To be able to induct another group of Hall of Fame members this weekend speaks volumes of our rich tradition in tennis."
Inductees for the inaugural Tennessee Hall of Fame class in 2007 included Chris Woodruff, Andy Kohlberg, Paul Annacone, Mike DePalmer Sr. and Bill Davis.
Tommy Bartlett left his mark on the Tennessee tennis program as both a player and a coach.
From 1950 to 1952, Bartlett was among the best in the SEC. In fact, he never lost. Bartlett played his entire three-year career without losing a singles match. He won the No. 6 singles title in 1950, the No. 5 singles title 1951 and the No. 3 singles title in 1952. He was also an SEC doubles champion three times, teaming up with Winburn G. Currie Jr. in 1950 and Gavin Gentry in 1951 and 1952.
He was captain of the 1951 team that tied Tulane for the SEC championship, the first tennis title in school history.
In his time at Tennessee, Bartlett was also captain of another sport: basketball. While he was winning SEC championships in tennis, he also lettered three years in basketball and was a starter his junior and senior seasons.
Ten years after his playing career with the Vols ended, Bartlett returned to Knoxville as a coach. He was initially hired as the assistant basketball coach but took over tennis coaching duties in 1963.
Bartlett compiled a career coaching record of 606-93 in tennis and 477-159 in basketball. He became the first Tennessee player to be inducted into Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame when he was honored in 1993.
Winburn G. Currie Jr.
Winburn G. Currie Jr. brought tennis back to the University of Tennessee after World War II. During his freshman year in 1946-47, he won UT's intramural tennis championship and then asked General R.R. Neyland to reform a varsity tennis team. Neyland agreed as long as Currie could find players and a coach. Currie recruited members for the team and persuaded Jack Rogers from Rice to be the coach of the new Volunteers tennis team.
Currie was a four-year letterman for the Vols, playing in the 1947-50 seasons. Currie played No. 1 singles and lost just one match in three years.
He partnered with Tommy Bartlett in 1950 to win the SEC No. 3 doubles championship. Currie and Bartlett did not lose a point in the finals. He also competed in the No. 5 singles championship that year and made it to the finals.
Tommy Mozur was a three-year letterman in 1967, 1968 and 1970, and he was Tennessee's second All-America. He earned All-America honors in 1968 and 1970, and he was All-SEC three times. As a senior in 1970, he helped lead the Vols to their second SEC title in five years.
In 1968, he became the second Tennessee player to win the SEC title in No. 1 singles. He also won the No. 3 singles championship the year before in 1967. In both seasons, he entered nationals as the No. 14 seed and played his way into the fourth round. Mozur was also a two-time SEC Champion in No. 1 doubles, winning with Lenny Schloss in 1967 and Earle Freeman in 1970. Mozur and Schloss reached the fourth round of the NCAA Championship in doubles.
Mozur was a talented, self-taught player from Sweetwater, Tenn., who devoted his time after his playing career to teach tennis to others in the Knoxville area.
Lenny Schloss was a four-year letterman for Tennessee from 1964 to 1967 and was the Volunteers' first All-America his senior season. Recruited by Tommy Bartlett, Schloss helped the Vols to an SEC title in 1966 with his success in both singles and doubles. Schloss also captained the 1967 team that finished sixth in the NCAA.
Schloss, who came to Knoxville from Baltimore, was the SEC Champion in No. 2 singles in 1966. In 1966 and 1967 he reached the fourth round of the NCAA Championship. He was also a No. 1 doubles SEC Champion twice, teaming up with Jack Jackson in 1966 and Tommy Mozur in 1967. Schloss and Mozur reached the fourth round of the NCAA Championship in doubles.