Class of 1993
Southern Tennis Hall of Fame 1996
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1986
A native of Hartselle, Alabama, and long-time resident of Nashville, Tennessee, Jane Crofford first became a competitive tennis player on the senior circuit in the mid-1960s. In 1968, World Tennis Magazine named her Player of the Year. She represented the United States in multiple international tennis events and some of her experiences are memorialized in a memoir by fellow tennis champion Charlene H. Grafton. Crofford achieved a no. 1 national rank for women forty-five or older in 1981 and has won over forty national championships.
As a strong advocate for women’s tennis, Crofford supported and worked for the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association. Crofford also helped initiate a junior tennis program in Nashville, Tennessee. She served as the President of the Nashville Tennis Association and the Tennessee Tennis Association, chaired the Southern Tennis Junior Tennis Council, and served as the Tournament Director for the Southern Boys & Girls 16 and 18 Closed Championships for many years. Crofford also served on the USTA Senior Tennis Council and the Sanction and Schedule Committee.
Crofford credits humble beginnings and hard work to her success in tennis. She has been quoted as saying “I’m just bigger and stronger than the others. That comes from milking cows and hauling hay.” Crofford says she loves to play tennis and enjoys the “mental therapy” it provides. She is especially fond of the bonds created with her junior tennis players.