Congratulations to Roy Barth (EP 756) who was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Tennis Hall of Fame in Orlando on May 19th.
Barth was a two-time All-American at UCLA, reaching the NCAA doubles finals during his collegiate career. He then played professional tennis for seven years and rose as high as #8 in the world in singles. He reached the round of 16 of the 1969 U.S. Open and competed in all four Grand Slam tournaments.
Among the memories of his time at 601 Gayley, the San Diego native recalls the misery associated with drinking “Red Death” thanks to big bro Jim Hietbrink (EP 713). However, that experience didn’t slow him from posting a combined record of 44-5-1 over his three years as a Bruin or from defeating Stan Smith in doubles competition en route to winning the 1969 Pacific Coast Doubles Championship.
After a distinguished junior, collegiate and professional career, Barth established tennis at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in 1976 and built it into a world-class program over the course of his 41-year career as director. Tennis Resorts Online recently ranked Roy Barth Tennis Center as the No. 1 tennis resort in the world.