Rice Institute Owls tennis player Frank Guernsey Jr
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls tennis player Frank Guernsey Jr., accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: Pint-sized FRANK GUERNSEY, JR. (1941) already was tennis champion of four Southern states before he came from Orlando, Fla., to Rice as a freshman as a result of meeting Rice Tennisters Joe Lucia and Bobby Curtis at a summer tournament. He picked up where Wilbur Hess left off, winning the National Intercollegiate singles in 1939 and 1940, thus giving the Owls top spot in college tennis three out of six years. To illustrate how completely Coach Quin Connelly’s Owls dominated SWC tennis, Frank beat another Ricer, Jack Rodgers, in the 1940 SWC semifinals, beat teammate Bobby Curtis in the singles finals, then with Curtis teamed to win the doubles from—guess who—Rodgers and Dick Morris, Owl No. 2 team. (Sounds like nowadays). In a long, after college net career, Frank won the national indoors doubles title twice with Don McNeil, played No. 1 U.S. star Bobby Riggs in all five times, winning twice, and with McNeil lost an all-time rhubarb and “disputed-call” match to Billy Talbert and Gardner Mulloy for the national outdoors doubles in 1946. Now a successful printing company executive-owner and amateur golfer in Houston, Frank is active in R Association affairs.
Rice Athletic Hall of Fame
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