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NC Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2017

USTA North Carolina President William Trott and Greensboro Junior standout and Georgia Bulldog star, Stephen Enochs named to
North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame

GREENSBORO, NC ­­– The North Carolina Tennis Foundation announced today it has selected current USTA North Carolina President William “Billy” Trott and Greensboro Junior standout and University of GA star, Stephen Enochs into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. The NC Hall of Fame induction for the class of 2017 will take place at USTA North Carolina’s Tennis Weekend, an annual state meeting of tennis volunteers and professionals held in Pinehurst, NC, on January 28, 2017.

Trott was one of the state’s best high school players in the early 1960’s. Trott won three NC State Closed Doubles Championships with partner Ed Parker, finished runner-up in the NCHSAA 1964 Singles Championships, and was a member of the State Championship winning tennis team at Broughton High School in both 1963 and 1964.

Trott attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, helping the Tar Heels to three ACC championships or co-championships in 1966, 1967, and 1968. Trott also won the ACC Doubles Championships in 1967 and 1968. Following his playing career at UNC, Trott served as the head coach to UNC's freshman tennis team while he attend law school at the university from 1968-1971. During that time, Trott also served as a coaching assistant to UNC's varsity tennis team.

Since the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Trott has been a crucial member of both USTA North Carolina and NCTF. Trott has served both these organizations in multiple roles, including: Member of the Board of Directors and Informal Legal Advisor and Counselor. Trott also served as USTA North Carolina Vice President from 2012-2014, USTA North Carolina First Vice President from 2014-2016, and Trott is currently serving as the USTA North Carolina President until 2018.

“Billy Trott was an exceptional tennis player in North Carolina, but his true value has come from his selflessness and volunteerism,” said Kelly Gaines, NC Tennis Foundation Executive Director. “For almost 30 years, Billy has been a dedicated member of both the USTA North Carolina and NCTF families. He has dedicated countless hours to both organizations, and his passion and love for tennis are contagious.”

Enochs began playing tennis at the age of seven, and won his first tournament, the Greensboro Invitational, at the age of nine. Enochs continued his early success enroute to an illustrious junior career. From 1980 to 1984, Enochs won five USTA National Championships and finished runner-up in two other USTA National Championships. This success placed Enochs within the top 5 nationally, and earned him a spot on the 1985 Junior Davis Cup Team.

Enochs attend the University of Georgia, where he was All-SEC and a two time All-American.  In 1987, Enochs helped the Georgia Bulldogs win their second NCAA Tennis National Championship by winning the clinching match. During his senior year in 1989, Enochs was a semi-finalist in the NCAA Singles tournament. Enoch finished that season #7 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.

Enochs now lives in Georgia, and has remained active in tennis. Enochs has won two 40 and Over National Doubles titles, and he currently plays on multiple Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association teams.

“Stephen Enochs is without a doubt one of the best tennis players to ever come out of North Carolina,” said Kelly Gaines, NC Tennis Foundation Executive Director. “His hard work and dedication made him a great player on the court, and his positive attitude great sportsmanship have made him an incredible person.”

The North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame now includes 93 members with the addition of Billy Trott and Stephen Enochs for the  class of 2017. The inaugural class was inducted in 1975. The North Carolina Tennis Foundation selects two or three members each year to add to the Hall of Fame during Tennis Weekend. For more information, visit www.nctennisfoundation.com.

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About the North Carolina Tennis Foundation

The North Carolina Tennis Foundation was organized in 1961 for the purpose of promoting tennis and later was responsible for forming its sister organization, the North Carolina Tennis Association. The Foundation provides financial support to many worthwhile tennis programs across the state. These programs include the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Network, the NC State High School Championships, Wheelchair Tennis, and numerous grants. The NCTF is also responsible for maintaining the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.