March 1, 2013
Former Rice All American Harold Solomon, who captured the 1971 Southwest Conference Singles title before embarking on a successful professional career, is one of seven new inductees to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, who were announced on Friday.
Solomon played at Rice University from 1971-72, earning ITA All-American honors before turning pro. During his time at Rice, Solomon led the Owls to back-to-back Southwest Conference team championships, while also claiming the 1971 Southwest Conference singles title.
In his professional career, Solomon was ranked as high as No. 5 in the world, won a total of 22 singles titles, and reached the finals of the 1976 French Open as well as the semifinals of the 1977 US Open. He was also a member of two winning U.S. Davis Cup teams in 1972 and 1978. He would eventually go on to coach champion players Mary Jo Fernandez, Jim Courier, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles and Anna Kournikova, among others.
He is the seventh Owl to be enshrined in the Hall and the third in the last four years. Frank Guernsey and Wilbur Hess were inducted together in 1989, followed by former Owls head coach Sammy Giammalva and Mike Estep (2005), Zan Guerry in 2010 and former head coach Ron Smarr last year.
Solomon is joined by former coaches Bobby Bayliss (University of Notre Dame), Dennis Emery (University of Kentucky), and John Peterson (Tyler Junior College); former players Paul Goldstein (Stanford University) and Kelly Jones (Pepperdine University); and contributor Alan Schwartz (Yale University). The 2013 honorees will be inducted at the 2013 ITA Men's Collegiate Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet, which will be held on May 22 during the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL.