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Jack Kramer memorial service to be held Saturday

September 25, 2009 |  4:48 pm


A memorial service for tennis great Jack Kramer will take place at Los Angeles Tennis Center's Straus Stadium on the UCLA campus at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Some of the biggest names in the sport's past and present will be participating in the service, including International Tennis Hall of Famers Tracy Austin and Donald Dell and U.S. Open tournament director Jim Curley. The event will be hosted by Pam Shriver and Times sports columnist Bill Dwyre.

Kramer died on Sept. 12 at the age of 88 following a lifetime of involvement in the sport. He won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1946 and the United States Championships twice (1946, '47).

Following his retirement, Kramer continued to promote the sport through a number of prominent positions. He served as the first executive director of the ATP tour, was once the president of the Southern California Tennis Association and served as the tournament director of the L.A. Tennis Open. Kramer also worked as a television commentator and fundraiser.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1968.

The Times will be blogging the memorial service on The Fabulous Forum. It also will air live on

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Jack Kramer holds a pair of signature Wilson rackets presented to him during a ceremony in 2003. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press