“I not only enjoy the game of tennis, but the life lessons learned have been invaluable to my life.
It has also been wonderful to meet all the people connected with the sport.
Great memories of many people”
Cindy Kemp Battle
Class of 2018
Chattanooga Hall of Fame
Lookout Mountain Hall of Fame, 2010
Girls Preparatory School Hall of Fame, 2010
A Lookout Mountain native, Cindy Kemp Battle ranked in the top 10 nationally in junior play for seven years and was the Tennessee women's state champion at the age of 16. She was a five-year member of the Southern Wightman Cup and a three-time member of the national team. Between 1961 and 1965, Battle achieved a top 20 ranking more than twenty times in Tennessee, Southern, and National play. She earned the No. 1 spot in 1960 (13 & Under Southern Singles), 1961 and 1963 (Girls 16s Southern Doubles), and in 1962 (Tennessee 18 & Under Singles). In 1965 Battle played in the No. 1 position for the University of Alabama and made the doubles semi-finals and singles quarter finals in the AIAW-National Tournament at Stanford. One of her highlights as a player was winning the Mother-Daughter Southern Championship in 1965. In a brief pro career, she played in the U.S. Women’s Open three times. In adult women’s play, Battle won the Hilton Head Island Grand Prix Women's Open singles (1983), the Savannah Daffin Park City Open doubles (1985), the Savannah Daffin Park City mixed doubles & Clay Court Open doubles (1986), the Savannah Landings Women's Open & Women’s 35s doubles and the Georgia 5.0 Volvo State Championship doubles (1987).
After touring the pro circuit, Battle began her nearly 30-year coaching career leading the Girls Preparatory School varsity team. She also coached the ALTA (Atlanta Lawn Tennis) to nine city titles, directed Southern Girls, Virginia Slims and Rotary Girls tournaments, served on the Southern Ranking Committee and instructed at the Universal Tennis Academy for six years. The Greater Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce named her Athlete of the Year. Battle gives much of her time to the Junior League of Chattanooga, the Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers for the Disadvantaged Children’s Tennis program.