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Walt Williams 


Walt Williams contributions to Georgia’s grass-roots tennis is undeniably reflected in the success of the organizations in which he has served.  Mr. Williams has decades of experience as a top certified USTA, ITA and NCAA referee. His passion for officiating is seen in his service as President of the Atlanta Professional Tennis Umpires Association for three different terms.  Currently, Walt serves in the role of Mentoring Coordinator for USTA Georgia Officials Committee.    Mr. Williams also has played an important role in community tennis across the state of Georgia.  As District Director, he represented Community Tennis Associations for USTA Georgia and he has also served on the Board of Directors for Northeast Georgia (NEGTA) and as a founding member for Clarke-Oconee Tennis Associations (COTA). His leadership within the COTA organization was significant in the development of the award winning Athens-Clarke County Tennis Center.  USTA Georgia is honored to recognize Walt Williams as our Spotlight Volunteer of the Month.

Detroit, MI
Wife, Sue; children Jeff (NC), Shari (GA), Karen (CA)
Favorite TV Show
History Channel
Diehard Fan Of What Sports Team
Not a "diehard", but enjoy spectating UGA sports.
Favorite City To Travel
St. Helena, CA
Best Part Of Your Game
Calling out, "YOU" as many times as I can get away with it.
Dream Doubles Match Would be Me And ....
Jim Courier.  Friends of his parents in Dade City, FL when he was an upcoming junior player.  Chaired an exhibition match between him and Thomas Muster.  Great kid who grew up to be a great guy.
When I'm Not Playing Tennis, I'm ....
Singing with Athens Choral Society, playing golf, attending live theatre, building furniture, attempting pencil/ink sketches
Favorite Tennis Memory
In my first year of officiating, when my close friend, Rudy Kitchen (Head Referee), told me to administer a code violation to John Roddick at Manny Diaz’s request.  It was my baptism to collegiate officiating (before any concept of organized mentoring of officials).  Upon carrying out my orders, I proceeded to do everything I advise officials not to do, as it provoked John, who was ignoring me, to look up at me and say, “Get out of my face”.  It probably was what caused me to take up a personal campaign for organized mentoring of new officials within APTUA and most recently USTA/Georgia.  The latter, as well as being head referee at UGA matches, have been the highlight of my years of officiating. 





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