USTA North Carolina inducted two new members into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and honored 35 award recipients at the 2016 Tennis Weekend in Pinehurst.
The late Mary Lloyd Barbera and Mark Dillon comprised the newest Hall of Fame class. Barbera, a Henderson native, but lived most of her adult life in Greensboro, was posthumously honored. Earlier this year, she unexpectedly passed away at the age of 49. Her legacy as a player and advocate of tennis in North Carolina made her one of the faces of the sport across the state.
As a junior, Barbera held the No. 1 ranking in North Carolina in the Girls’ 12s, 14s, and 18s. She was a three-time state singles champion and three-time state doubles champion, and she captured the NCHSAA state singles title in 1981 and 1982.
After competing collegiately for Peace College and North Carolina State University, Barbera found her way back into the tennis world by joining the USTA North Carolina staff in 1999. Ultimately becoming the Director of Marketing for the organization, Barbera became a nationally respected name due to her passion and love for tennis.
Dillon, 55, a Charlotte native, was one of the state’s best junior players towards the end of the 1970s. He won the Boys 16s’ doubles state title in 1976 and the Boys 18s’ singles and doubles state titles in 1978. Dillon was also the NCHSAA singles champion as a senior.
Dillon attended North Carolina State University and aided the Wolfpack in winning the ACC Championship as a freshman in 1979. His illustrious collegiate career included two ACC singles championships, an ACC doubles championship, and NCAA All-American honors in 1981.
In the mid-1980s, Dillon served on the first board of the Charlotte Tennis Association, helping to grow tennis across the city and assisting with various tennis clinics for underprivileged youth. Today he serves on the USTA North Carolina Board of Directors, he’s the chair of the organization’s Investment Committee, and he plays an active role on and off the court with his three sons.
USTA North Carolina’s annual awards ceremony took place Saturday, January 23, 2016. The 2015 award winners included players, coaches, tournaments and events from across the state. The following individuals/organizations were selected as the 2015 winners.
Congratulations to all our winners on their outstanding achievements on and off the court throughout the past year.
For past winners and more on USTA North Carolina’s awards visit www.nctennis.com/awards.
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