Renee Richards, 85 Years Old This Week

I Meet the Nicest People

A name from my past. My final year at IU, I played in the Eastern Intercollegiates at West Point. This tourney is for all schools east of the Mississippi. I was seeded very generously at #3.

In the round of 16 I was upset by Richard Raskin of Yale. Since on paper it was an “upset”, the New York Times the next day reported the story with a headline “Raskin topples Gomer at West Point.” (Only time my name has been in the NY Times.)

About 20 years later Richard became widely known in tennis circles as Renee Richards. He played women’s tennis and won doubles tournaments with Martina Navratilova. (I have met the nicest people.)

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