2014 Inductees
Peter Cawthorn – Prior to his arrival in Rochester in 1963, Peter's illustrious tennis career dates back to 1949 upon capturing the Australian Junior Championship; although another stand-out career highlight took place the following year as Peter attempted a repeat: defeating Lew Hoad in the semis before losing a tightly contested finals to Ken Rosewall (6-4, 4-6, 5-7). He then competed in Wimbledon in 1951-52, reaching the second and fourth rounds (singles and doubles, respectively) in 1951 as well as the fourth round in mixed doubles in 1952. Soon thereafter, Cawthorne turned professional and was recruited into Jack Kramer's touring group (which included the likes of Frank Sedgman, Pancho Segura and Pancho Gonzales) appearing in a number of international tournaments (including Paris, Berlin and Moscow) throughout the 1950s. In 1963, Peter relocated to Rochester, NY, as head pro at the Tennis Club of Rochester (1961-'72, '76-'86) for the next twenty-three years before returning to his native Australia.

Bernard "Buzzy" Frank - Buzzy honed his game on the Northwestern University tennis team. After college, Buzzy would go on to win a silver medal in doubles (with Alan Schwartz) in the 1977 Maccabiah Games in Israel. In 1979, Buzzy was invited by the Swiss Tennis Federation to compete in a series of doubles tournaments (with Alan Schwartz) in which they won a title in Wengen, Switzerland. In 1983, he continued his international tour by competing in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was also as an organizational leader and promoter of tennis that Buzzy made his mark. By 1968, his influence had helped convince the Board of Directors and members to move TCR from Farrington Place to Bushnell’s Basin. Buzzy was also instrumental in bringing the US Amateur Championship to TCR in 1969 and 1970, serving as Tournament Chairman. In recognition of this, Buzzy was awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the USTA as well as the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In 1970, Buzzy also served as President of the Tennis Club Rochester. TCR has honored Buzzy by naming the circle in front of the club “The Bernard 'Buzz' Frank Circle." In 1973, he partnered with Alan Schwartz to open Midtown Tennis Club in Brighton. Buzzy remained active throughout the 80’s and early 90’s at TCR and Midtown, where many of us were fortunate enough to play with him.

Linda Gohagen - Linda Gohagan is entering her 17th season as the head coach for the St. John Fisher College women’s tennis team and her 16th year as the head coach of the St. John Fisher College men's team. She has led the women to five New York State Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament berths in the last six years. In the summer of 2007, Gohagan was named as the United States Professional Tennis Association/Eastern Division's College Coach of the Year. On the men’s side, Gohagan has continued her success leading the Cardinals to three appearances in the Empire 8 Championships over the last five seasons. Linda has taught tennis at Salmon Creek, Midtown Athletic Club, Manhattan Square Tennis Club, The University Club, the Tennis Club of Webster and she is currently in her 17th year as head tennis professional at Monroe Golf Club. Linda has been a USTA member for 42 years and a USPTA Level 1 (now Elite) Pro for 35 years. As a player, she has been ranked 13th in the Eastern Division and a two-time Rochester District Open Singles champion (1976 & 1978).
Gregory "Spike" Gonzales - Spike has been teaching tennis since 1964 when he ran classes for Penfield Parks & Recreation. He was captain and #1 player of Brown University's tennis team. Spike joined the Tennis Corporation of America in its second year as an instructor at the then world’s largest indoor tennis center, Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago. Spike helped build TCA to be the largest owner and operator of indoor tennis clubs in the country, with facilities from Boston to Seattle. Spike coached numerous nationally ranked players including Billy Nealon, whom he helped obtain the #1 ranking in the country in the boys' 14-and-under division. Along with Alan Schwartz, Spike co-authored the NTRP rating system, the cornerstone for league play throughout the United States. He served three years as president of the Eastern Division of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). An avid player with two-time Rochester District Open Singles titles (1972 & 1976) as well as a multiple doubles titles, he also was a USPTA Eastern Singles and Doubles champion (with Dave Strebel). In 1991, Spike founded Love-15, a program that has brought tennis to thousands of Rochester's urban community youth. In 1995, Spike relocated to Naples, Florida, where he continues to compete and promote the game of tennis.
Roy Hock - As a student in Buffalo, Hock attended a talk by Bill Tilden in 1928. This ignited a passion for the game that would endure throughout his entire life. Hock won the Buffalo Districts in 1939 and The Rochester Singles Districts in 1952 while capturing his fourth doubles title that same year. He would go on to capture ten more District Open Doubles titles, bringing the total to fourteen titles. In 1964, Hock helped raise $20,000 to finance two indoor tennis courts at the Tennis Club of Rochester on Farrington Place. Hock is credited with being Rochester's first certified tennis instructor. He was also head pro at TCR, Oak Hill Country Club, Brighton Henrietta Tennis Club, and Irondequoit Tennis Club.
Al Kuhn - Even before relocating to Rochester in 1968, Al's list of tennis accomplishments was already well-established. Ranked #2 in the nation in the 15-and-unders in 1949 and #5 in 18-and-unders in 1951, he won the Illinois State HS Championship and, a few years later, the Big Ten Championship for Northwestern University. During the 18 years between 1968, when he came to teach at the University of Rochester, and 1986, when he moved away, Al was very active on the local and regional tennis scene. For several years, he directed the tennis program at Oak Hill Country Club and also taught tennis at Midtown Tennis under Spike Gonzales. He especially enjoyed practicing with younger players like Bob Pecora, Marty Lipman, Patty Shoolman, Billy Nealon, and Mike Mahoney. He won a number of titles, among them the Rochester Districts (1969, 1974-75), the NY State Hard court Men's Doubles in Utica with Jim Vaughn, the NY State 35's and the 45's and the Sedgwick Farms Invitational in Syracuse. He had wins over the two best players of that era, Peter Lyman and Bob Hetherington.
Peter Lyman - When Peter enrolled at the University of Rochester in 1943 to major in mathematics, tennis was initially a secondary interest as he played #5 and #6 on the varsity team. However, as a Princeton University graduate student, his passion for the game solidified and he returned to Rochester and started playing tennis more seriously. It did not take him long to start dominating the local tennis scene. Peter has the record for winning 16 consecutive Men's District Open Singles titles starting in 1953. Peter is also a multiple year doubles champion. He coached the men's tennis team at the University of Rochester for 42 years. Under his leadership, either his team or individual player was represented at the national level for 22 consecutive years (including the National Championship doubles team of Alex Gaeta and Bob Swarthout). Peter was the NCAA Division lll National Coach of the Year in 1990. The outdoor Tennis Center at the University of Rochester is named in his honor.
Ann Nealon - Ann was the first female tennis instructor at Midtown Tennis Club in the early 1970s and the Head Tennis Professional for 31 years at the prestigious Oak Hill Country Club. Competitively, Ann was a 3-time consecutive District Open Single Champion (1966-68). As a leader, she started the women's tennis program at RIT in 1971 and remained the head coach until her retirement in 2005. She also coached the men's team for nine years and compiled an 86-31 record- including two undefeated seasons (1982-83), a New York State Womens's Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) championship in 1983, two Empire Athletic Association titles (1984 and 1986), and capped her retirement year with an Empire 8 Championship in 2005. Among her many accolades are the Rochester Press-Radio Club Jean Giambrone Award (1984), induction into the RIT Sports Hall of Fame (1995), NYS Division III Women's Coach of the Year (2001), induction into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame (2002), and the Empire 8 Division III Men's Coach of the Year (2005).

Billy Nealon - At age 14, Billy was the #1 ranked junior in the US. Over the next four years, he remained in the top-10, finishing #3 in the boys' 18 (#2 in doubles). A two-year member of the US 18-Under Junior Davis Cup Team, he was awarded a full athletic scholarship to top-4 ranked USC. As an All-American, Billy was selected to the US Collegiate Davis Cup team and attained a top-300 ATP ranking within five months. His first win over a top-75 ranked player earned him a main draw acceptance into the 1980 Men's US Open Singles and Doubles (losing in 4 sets to 9th seeded Peter Fleming). While competing against many top-15 ATP players on the pro tour (1983-1986), Billy attained ATP ranking highs of #230 (Singles) and #156 (Doubles). Later a two-time District Singles winner (1987-88), Billy has been TCR's Head Pro (1987-1989 and 1996-present). Since 2002, Billy's program has produced a #1 US Junior (Marcus Fugate), seven other top-15 US Juniors (four since 2011), and a number of other top ranked eastern juniors. Recognized by the USTA for national excellence in multiple years, his program and juniors have received a combined $100,000 for training and travel. Billy was awarded the Eastern Pro of the Year in 2007 and Eastern Clinician of the Year in 2010.

Marina Nudo - Inspired by her then eleven-year old son Steve's love for tennis and desire for more tournament competition, Marina became an active proponent of Rochester tennis from that point forward. "I called a couple of coaches at the University of Rochester and asked for their help to make the draw," said Nudo. "We came up with a schedule and then I ran the tournament all by myself." It was as a tournament director that Marina got her start and she quickly developed a passion for promoting the sport on a wider scale. With the help of parent volunteers, she ran monthly tournaments throughout the Rochester area for 19 years. Through her relationship with the USTA, Marina was able to secure funding for the non-profit Love-15 program in Rochester, NY, that helped make it possible for many urban youths to play tennis. Marina also served as President of the USTA/Eastern. She was elected Delegate to the USTA three times, president of the USTA/Eastern Junior Tennis Foundation and inducted into the USTA/Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.

Frank Okey - Frank won between 200-250 tournaments between 1949-1999 including local, regional, national and international tournaments. His local achievements include 59 tournament wins in the Rochester District Championships in various divisions - among them the 1950-51 Rochester District Open Singles titles and seventeen Rochester District Open Doubles titles. Frank was the first native of Rochester, NY ever to play in the US National Tennis Championships at Forest Hills where he competed against Vic Seixas. He won several senior titles in Canada and Bermuda between 1965 and 1975. His best national ranking was #5 between 1999 and 2004 in the Men's 80s Singles Division. In Mr Okey's final tournament, he beat Gardnar Mulloy on grass in Orange, New Jersey, 6-3, 6-3.
Chuck Spencer - An avid player since the age of 17, Chuck was the Central NY Singles and Doubles Champion in 1964. Chuck also established himself as a coach and leader in Rochester's tennis community from 1964-2009. As a coach, he led many players at Nazareth College (1992-1997), Spencersport High School (2006), as well as a number of junior programs at Cobb's Hill, Nazareth College and Brighton Henrietta Tennis Club. Along with his wife, Dee, Chuck owned and/or ran a number of tennis programs from 1967-2009 (including The Seasons, Cobbs Hill, Brighton and Irondequoit Tennis Clubs, Tennis Heaven Pro Shop, Tennis Club of Webster, The Country Place and Mendon Tennis Club.) He organized many tournaments including GRAT Hard Courts and the Webster Clay Courts. Chuck and his wife currently live in Charleston, SC where he still lives and breathes tennis!
Dave Strebel - Dave has been a tennis coach in Rochester for over 40 years. He coached at Rush Henrietta High School for thirteen years and The Harley School for several years. Dave developed many sectional champions on the boys' and girls' teams, including team sectional champs. Dave was Section 5 Boys' and Girls' Chairperson and started team sectionals for boys and girls, as well as adapting the sectionals to wider participation. Dave was a High School Boys State Doubles finalist and played college tennis at Cortland. Dave was a District Open Singles Champion in 1980 and 1981 as well as multiple doubles titles. At the national level, Dave and his partner, Bob Pecora, beat the top ranked team in the country in 45's. Dave and Spike Gonzales reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals at two national tournaments in the 45's division. Dave still teaches tennis in Rochester at The Harley School and he suns himself in the winter in San Diego!

Bill Toporcer - With a number of Rochester District Open Singles titles (1936, 1938-39 and 1944), Bill Toporcer was also the one to break TCR's 22-year streak as the first non-member to take home the district title, playing out of the Maplewood YMCA. Bill Toporcer's tennis prowess and tenacity was particularly well-known throughout the tennis community and attributed to his dedication to physical fitness and attention to detail as an astute student of strategic match play. Also an active proponent of Rochester Tennis, Bill maintained a weekly instructional column for the Times Union for many years. Always eager to share and pass his knowledge and affinity for the game, Bill coached the men's tennis team at Rochester Institute of Technology from 1945-1970

Len Treash - Len was the Section V Singles Champion in 1951 while attending Brighton High School. He played four years of varsity tennis while attending Ohio Wesleyan University and became team captain as a junior and senior. Through his subsequent two-year service in the US Navy, Len went on to compete in a number of tennis tournaments. Len and his daughter, Debbie, also won four Father/Daughter National Championship titles in 1998, 1999 and two in 2005. In 1990, Len partnered with Dave Strebel and won the American Airlines National Century Tournament in Chicago. By 1993, Len was ranked #10 in the United States in the Men's 60s Division. Len remained active as a senior competitor. In addition to the three gold balls he won with his daughter, he also won many silver and bronze balls at national tournaments.