Alex Guerry


Alex Guerry

Class of 1992

Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, 1984

Baylor School Hall of Fame, 1995

 A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Alex Guerry, Jr. was the Chattanooga Tennis Singles Champion ten times and the Senior Doubles twenty times. He earned the 1964 Southern championship and the also the Tennessee championship twice. Alex Guerry promoted the sport of tennis to players of all ages through the USTA. He successfully introduced two new junior age divisions for boys and girls (the 12s and 14s) and reorganized the senior tennis competition (35s-85s.). Alex Guerry’s tennis legacy includes his son Zan with whom he won the National Father-Son Doubles Championships in 1966 and 1971. Guerry, an inaugural member of the Hall of Fame, shares the honor with Zan (Class of 1993), his brother John (Class of 1996), and his nephew Pat (Class of 2012). Alex Guerry’s love of tennis resulted in the development of the Manker Patten Tennis Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Baylor School's Alex Guerry Tennis Center, the DeSales Harrison Racquet Center at UTC, the Charlotte Patten Guerry indoor tennis courts at the University of the South, and the Sports Barn fitness centers. Alex Guerry graduated as the valedictorian of Baylor School in 1935, and from the University of the South in 1939. He served as an Army Air Force pilot from 1941-1945. After the war, Guerry joined Chattem Drug and Chemical Company in 1958 and served as President and chairman of the board of directors of until his death in 1990.