Ben Press (1924- )

Often referred to as "Mr. Tennis," Ben has been teaching tennis for 58 years (Kona Kai, Hotel Del Coronado, and San Diego Hilton). He is credited for teaching San Diego’s only Wimbledon champions, Maureen Connolly and Karen Hantze Susman. Other notable former students were: Brian Teacher, Marita Redondo, Kristeen Kemmer, Angelica Gavaldon, Steve Avoyer, Randy Thomas, and Alexandra Stevenson. As a player, Ben was a top ranking junior as well as a senior stand-out. His name is on the prestigious "champions list" of the 1951 La Jolla Tournament. He claimed three USTA Senior National doubles titles and represented the United States four times in the Gordon Cup, an International competition. Ben served two terms as President of both the SDDTA and SD division of the USPTA. And finally, he is recognized as the only San Diegan who has been awarded the National Community Service Award from both the USTA and the USPTA.