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Tributes paid to inspirational figure in Irish tennis

 

Tributes have been paid to a former Ulster Branch and Tennis Ireland president.

Mavis Hogg, a lifelong member of Hawarden Tennis Club in Belfast, passed away on Sunday after a short illness.

Mavis, who said her tennis club acted as the centre of her sporting and social life, had an incredible list of achievements and was awarded an MBE in 1997 for services to tennis.

She was elected to the Ulster Council in 1968, becoming president in 1976-77, and was elected to the Irish Lawn Tennis Association in 1973, serving as its first lady president.

In her role she met John McEnroe and Arthur Ashe when they came to Dublin to play a Davis Cup tie in 1983.

On this occasion, Mavis presented John McEnroe with a crystal vase for breaking Arthur Ashe's American Davis Cup singles record by one, with 28 victories.

Mavis served as Tennis Ireland secretary from 1985 to 1993.

She represented Ireland on the European Tennis Association and was the first lady to serve on this body.

Mavis was also Ulster Branch president again in 1992. She was a special guest at the Belfast City ITF junior tournament celebratory event in Belfast City Hall in July 2016.

Mavis was inspirational as she spoke to the 200 young players and their families of her involvement and great contribution to tennis administration across Ireland, and of the friendships she made throughout.

Mavis was the wife of the late John and mother of Jonathan, David and Christopher.

She will be sadly missed by all at the Ulster Branch and Tennis Ireland and the tennis community in Ulster and Ireland.

A celebration and memorial service will be held at Stormont Presbyterian Church today at 11am.

Tea and coffee will be available at Hawarden Tennis Club from 12.30pm onwards.

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