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Irv Cantor’s Tennis Legacy Continues with Black Tennis Hall of Fame Board Role

Irv Cantor’s Tennis Legacy Continues with Black Tennis Hall of Fame Board Role

Irv Cantor Elected to the Board of The Black Tennis Hall of Fame

On March 28, 2024, Irv Cantor, along with David Harris, was elected to serve on the Board of The Black Tennis Hall of Fame.

The Black Tennis Hall of Fame (BTHOF) is an organization dedicated to preserving the history of African American tennis and honoring those who made a global impact on the ideals of sportsmanship and human rights, with special consideration extended to those who overcame racial barriers. Past inductees include Arthur Ashe, Althea Gibson, and Yannick Noah.

Mr. Cantor has a lifetime dedication to tennis that spans over six decades. As a player, Mr. Cantor played number 1 singles on the 1971 State Championship Thomas Jefferson High School Tennis Team. He won the City 18 and Under title that year. He then went on to play on the University of Virginia Tennis Team.

In college and law school, Mr. Cantor worked as an employee of the Richmond Tennis Association (RTA), running the tournaments and junior programs at Byrd Park in Richmond, VA. After graduating law school, Mr. Cantor was the co-founder and legal counsel to World Class, Inc., a company which put on professional tennis exhibitions throughout the U.S. featuring, among others, Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors.

In 1992, Mr. Cantor chaired a committee to bring the Davis Cup Finals to Richmond. In recent years, Mr. Cantor has been an active member of the Board of the RTA and is currently heading a committee, with David Harris, working with the City of Richmond to revitalize inner-city tennis and construct a public indoor facility at Byrd Park.

On his election to the Board, Irv said, “I am honored and humbled to have been elected to the Board of this prestigious organization, and I look forward to working with the Board and the organization’s CEO, Shelia Curry, to help accomplish the important mission of the Black Tennis Hall of Fame.”

Click here to learn more about the newly elected board members.

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