Pollard Parsons

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Pollard Parsons

Class of 1992


Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, 1980




A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Pollard Parsons played tennis at Hume-Fogg Vocational Technical School. He played in numerous tournaments throughout the southeast. A longtime tournament director and southern tennis enthusiast, friends said Parsons was “about as informed about Nashville tennis as anyone could be.” Parsons was integral to the development of the Southern Lawn Tennis Association laying the foundation for today’s tennis programs and served as the secretary/treasurer for a number of years. Very active in the USTA, he served as the organization’s vice president, perennial committee member, and delegate during a period that lasted from 1929-1955. Pollard inspired many of Nashville’s youth to pursue the game of tennis through his generosity and tireless efforts to promote tennis in throughout the south. He proved to be an encouragement to young players both on and off the court. John Nixon (Class of 2005) recalls how he happened to run into Parsons in the barber shop in 1956. After telling Parsons that he would be taking his fiancé to Long Island to meet family, Parsons gifted him two tickets to the U.S. Open and two passes to the Club House so that he wouldn’t miss the opportunity to see such a prestigious event. Pollard Parsons passed away at age 88 in Tennessee.