2007 Mid-Atlantic Section Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees
Cora Masters Barry
Cora Masters Barry, former first lady of the District of Columbia, is Founder and CEO of Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) of Washington, DC, an organization comprised of area business, government and community leaders responsible for the renovation of several recreation centers. The RWLC works to ensure that every youth in the city has access to safe and decent recreation facilities, equipment, and programs within their neighborhoods. RWLC has provided millions of dollars to renovate playgrounds, resurface tennis and basketball courts, repaint walls and buildings, install water fountains and purchase gym sets, computers for after school labs, and vans for children’s safe transportation. It was Barry’s vision that resulted in the successful completion of the Recreation Wish List Committee’s flagship project, the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC), a $5.1 million facility located in Washington, DC. The RWLC was the developer of the national award-winning center, the first of its kind in the United States.
Barry is the CEO of the SETLC, which provides children with a supervised, structured environment where they learn tennis and life skills complemented by academic tutoring. It has had a tremendous impact around the city and has become a model for other major cities, not only because of its programmatic success, but also because it is a shining example of a successful public-private partnership. ESPN Sports, CBS, Comcast and The Washington Post have acknowledged the SETLC nationally, and it was named the “2005 Youth Tennis and Learning Facility” of the year by the United States Tennis Association and honored that year at the US Open. Barry has served on the Community Development Committee and the National Junior Tennis League Committee of the United States Tennis Association. She has been a resident of Washington, DC for over 35 years and has two daughters, Lalanya Masters Abner and Tamara Masters Wilds Lawson.
Anne and Mark Geier
Anne E. Geier, a native of the Washington, DC area, was introduced to tennis by her father Daniel Watson (a tour player and head teaching professional at the Chevy Chase Country Club for more than 40 years) at the age of 12. Since then, she has been winning tennis tournaments in the USTA/Mid Atlantic for nearly 50 years, also successfully teaming with her husband, Mark, in mixed doubles for more than 40 years. Geier has won a total of 57 USTA/Mid Atlantic Section Championships in 13 different events and overall has reached the finals of 109 MAS Championships. Career highlights include at age 53 reaching the finals of the MAS Women’s Open Singles Championship and subsequent #2 MAS ranking in Women’s Open Singles in 2000. Geier made history with her husband by achieving the only ‘MAS Grand Slam of Mixed Doubles’ by being ranked #1 in all Mixed Doubles categories. In 1989 at age 42, Geier became the only player ever to reach the finals of six MAS Championships while also being ranked in the top three in eight events. For her achievements, she was honored by the state of Maryland with the Sportsmanship of the Year award. Nationally, her remarkable record includes 20 top 20 rankings, including being ranked #1 in the USTA in Husband & Wife Doubles in 1977. Geier also won several USTA National Championships in singles including the National Indoor 45 women’s singles title two years in a row. She has been nationally as high as #4 in women’s 40 doubles and #4 and #5 in women’s 45 singles. Geier has been a member of several MAS Intersectional Teams that won USTA National titles. She is ranked #1 in MAS Mixed 45 and MAS Mixed 55 doubles.
Mark R. Geier, a native Washingtonian, attended George Washington University in Washington, DC on a full tennis scholarship playing NCAA Division I tennis. While playing for GW, he won and finished 2nd in the Southern Conference Championships in doubles. Academically, Geier received his undergraduate degree in zoology; and subsequently received a PhD in genetics and an MD. Throughout his career, he won 47 USTA/Mid Atlantic Section Championships in 10 different events and overall has reached the finals in 77 MAS Championships. He has only been ranked out of the top 10 three times in his career. Among Geier’s career highlights are achieving with his wife, Anne, the only ‘MAS Grand Slam of Mixed Doubles’ in history by being ranked #1 in all Mixed Doubles categories in one year. Furthermore, he also achieved the ‘Greatest All-Around Year in Doubles” at 48 years old in a single year (1996) by winning six of eight MAS doubles finals he reached. Geier has been ranked #1 in every Mid Atlantic USTA doubles category except Men’s Open doubles where he has been ranked #2 several times with different partners. At the USTA National level, Geier has been ranked in the top 10 of several men’s doubles divisions. He was ranked #1 in the USTA in Husband & Wife Doubles in 1977. Geier has also been a member several of victorious MAS Intersectional Teams. He is currently ranked #1 in MAS Mixed 45 and MAS Mixed 55 doubles.
Richey Reneberg grew up in Houston, TX and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas during his three-year run in intercollegiate tennis. He advanced to the NCAA singles final as a sophomore, won the ITA All-American Championship in 1986 and was named All-American three times. Reneberg was the #1 ranked intercollegiate singles player 1987. In that same year, he turned pro and was named the ATP Newcomer of the Year. Reneberg spent 13 years competing on the professional tennis circuit reaching a career high No. 20 ranking in singles (winning three titles) and No. 1 in the world in doubles (winning 19 ATP Tour doubles titles), including two Grand Slams: the 1992 US Open with good friend Jim Grabb and 1995 Australian Open with partner Jared Palmer. He reached 16 other doubles finals. In one of the best doubles matches in the history of tennis, Reneberg and Jim Grabb squared off against John McEnroe and Michael Stich (both Wimbledon singles champions) at the 1992 Wimbledon finals. The match lasted 2 days and 83 games to complete the 5 hour 1 minute marathon – the longest doubles match in Wimbledon history. He represented the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and was a member of the United States Davis Cup team in 1993, '94, '95, '97 and '98. Reneberg had career singles wins over John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic and Jim Courier. He continues to give back to tennis by appearing in numerous annual charity tennis fundraisers in the Mid Atlantic region and nationally. Since 2000, Reneberg has worked for Taconic Capital Advisors LLC, a New York-based investment firm, handling marketing and client-service work. Reneberg spends most of the workweek in Manhattan before coming home to Bethesda, MD, where his wife Marget lives with their children, Christopher and Natalie.
Roy Van Brunt
Roy Van Brunt is one of the most renowned officials in the USTA for his contributions as an umpire and as a tennis rules expert. He has officiated from the chair for many household names in tennis history such as – Vic Sexias, Marty Riessen, Chuck McKinley, Billie Jean King, tonight’s honorary chair Virginia Wade, and a slender young Army Lieutenant from Richmond – Arthur Ashe. Van Brunt first encountered tennis as a Ball Boy in 1960 at the USTA National Championships (US Open) when it was played on grass at West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, where he grew up. With this inspiration, he learned the game from his Dad and started playing tennis in New York City at Xavier High School. In 1972, after serving as an Army Captain in Viet Nam, Van Brunt was certified by the Men’s International Professional Tennis Council, by the ATP, and by the ITF as a Silver Badge official. Throughout MAS, he worked local matches, and in fact, has umpired matches for three of tonight’s honorees – Richey Reneberg and Anne and Mark Geier. Professionally, Van Brunt worked as a line umpire for the US vs. Czech Davis Cup tie at Flushing in 1981, Chair Umpire at 15 consecutive US Opens between 1977 and 1991, and numerous tournaments throughout the country. In 1989, at age 43, he was appointed USTA National Chairman of Umpires, still the youngest person ever selected for that job, and was Chief Umpire of the US Open. Van Brunt has over 19 years of national USTA committee service, including serving on the USTA Tennis Rules Committee for 14 years, and as Vice-Chair from 1999-2002 and Chairman from 2003-2006. He also served four years on the National Community Development Committee and, using his professional accounting skills, is presently one of two non-USTA Board members with a seat on the Board’s Audit Committee as the committee’s Vice Chair.
Recently, Van Brunt has been appointed to the Rules of Tennis Committee of the ITF – becoming the first USTA representative on the committee in the last 10 years. Van Brunt & his wife Ginny have been married for 38 years and have two children – Crissie and Roy III, and two grandchildren, Kylie and Maggie.