SEATTLE – (Aug. 3) The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) has announced that Seattle University tennis great Janet Hopps-Adkisson, '56 will be it's 2017 Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame inductee. Her induction ceremony will held at the Seattle Tennis Club's Fireside Room, Saturday, Aug. 5 at 4:00 p.m. A brief reception will follow the ceremony where fellow members can express their congratulations and celebrate her induction.
There was no women's tennis team in the 1950s, but that did not stop Hopps-Adkisson from landing not only a berth on the men's tennis team, but becoming the No. 1 player on the team throughout her career. For postseason play, she competed in the Women's All-Collegiate Tennis Tournament, the precursor to the NCAA Tournament. She won the singles title three times and the doubles title twice.
Upon graduation, Hopps-Adkisson achieved a national ranking of No. 5 in singles in 1958 and a No. 1 doubles ranking in 1960. She held five national titles clay court doubles in 1956, indoor singles, doubles and mixed doubles in 1961 and national hardcourt doubles in 1962. She returned to Seattle U to coach both the men's and women's teams for 10 years, and was named NAIA Coach of the Year five times.
Hopps-Adkisson is also a member of the Seattle University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Northwest Sports Foundation Hall of Fame, the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame and the Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. She also recently earned special recognition at Seattle U's 2017 Red Tie Celebration.