“I love the game, the challenge, and can only hope that others get to experience what tennis has given me throughout my life.” ~~Phyllis Taylor, 2018
Class of 2016
Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 2004
Phyllis Taylor still enjoys playing in tournaments on the national level and in all levels of USTA. She played fourteen years on the Tennessee Southern Cup Team and four years on the Tennessee Southern Intersectional Team. She was the USTA Intersectional Team Champion in 2012 (Women’s 65 Winner – Gold Medal) and won a National Indoor Championship Bronze Ball in 2013 (National Indoor Championship Women’s 65 Division). In the same year, she won the Slew Hester Female Player of the Year award in the USTA Southern Division. Phyllis Taylor has been a tennis instructor for more than 30 years and a USPTA certified teaching professional since 1993. In 1994, she was ranked the no. 2 Teaching Pro by the USPTA. She taught tennis at Shelby State Community College in Memphis from 1987-1988, on a private court in Germantown, TN from 1988 – 1992, at the Memphis Country Club between 1993 – 2001, and instructed for Tennis Memphis between 2001-2005, in Germantown, TN between 2006-2014. Since 2015, Taylor has been on the tennis staff at St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, Tennessee. Between 2011 – 2014 worked Taylor with Tennis Memphis to teach senior adults from the Memphis Community Center to play tennis. Tennis Memphis instructors provided all transportation, facilities, clothes, tennis racquets, and tennis balls to first time players. Many of these seniors still play on a regular basis. Taylor says that tennis has given her a social, mental and physical outlet that will stay with her for the rest of her life. Her tennis mentor Ronny Bran currently teaches at St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, Tennessee. Working with Ronny since 1985, he introduced her to Memphis tennis as he was the Tennis Pro at the Memphis Country Club. He sponsored her in obtaining her USPTA Certification and then invited her to teach with him at Memphis Country Club. She stayed for eight years before retiring. In 2015, Ronny asked her to come out of retirement to work at the St. George’s Independent School and of course she said yes. Taylor says Ronny has been a major influence in her tennis career and she will ever be grateful for his believing in her and making opportunities available to her.