» News

Arkansas Tennis Hall of Fame

David Kossover
David Kossover, of Fayetteville, was inducted into the Arkansas Tennis Hall of Fame on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn, North Little Rock. David started playing tennis at the age of seven.  He won the Arkansas Class "A" State High School Singles (England High School) three times, 1959-1961.  He won the Arkansas State Juniors Singles and Doubles Championships three years, 1959-1961.  He won the "AIC" Singles and Doubles in college at Ouachita Baptist University, 1962-1965, never losing a match.  He won the District 17 Singles and Doubles at OBU, 1962-1965, (doubles partner was Jerry Kossover).  He won the Arkansas State Closed Singles in 1963 and 1964, also winning multiple doubles and mixed doubles state titles in the 60's and 70's.  In the 80's David was ranked #1 in 35 Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles in Kansas and was ranked #3 in the Missouri Valley Section in 35 Mixed Doubles (partner was wife, Karen).
David was a tennis pro for 47 years.  He began teaching in 1959 (age 16) for the Little Rock Recreation Department.  He taught at the Little Rock Country Club for two summers in 1962 and 1963.  He was tennis coach at Pine Bluff High School and head pro at Eden Park, Rosswood and Pine Bluff Country Clubs.  He coached the University of Arkansas men's tennis team for four years.  He was head pro at Wood Valley Racquet Club in Topeka, Kansas and Cottonwood Racquet Club in Manhattan, Kansas.  In 1989 he returned to Arkansas at Summerhill Racquet Club in Fayetteville, retiring there in 2008.  David served as a board member of the Arkansas Tennis Association and was Junior Endorser for the ATA in the 90's.



Newsletter Signup