Tommy Bartlett


Tommy Bartlett

Class of 1992

Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, 1993

Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, 1990

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, 1986

University of Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame, 2009

Tommy Bartlett has been widely recognized as an outstanding teacher, coach, and competitor throughout the southeastern United States. With accomplishments too numerous to mention some of his highlights include being named Coach of the Year three times, Pro of the Year three times, and Player of the Year six times.  He has been inducted into more than eleven Halls of Fame for various sports. 

As a tennis player, Bartlett won 27 national championships, 35 Southern championships, and 60 state championships. Bartlett captained his collegiate tennis team at the University of Tennessee where he was undefeated in singles and doubles.

As a coach, Bartlett led both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga compiling an overall record of 606-93.  During his college coaching days, Bartlett also held pro instructor positions at several prestigious tennis facilities including the Chattanooga Tennis Club, Cherokee Country Club, and Manker Patten Tennis Club. 

In service to tennis, Bartlett held numerous USPTA offices including Florida President and Regional Vice-President and served on the NCAA Selection Committee. 

A Knoxville, Tennessee native, Bartlett graduated from Knoxville High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bartlett also excelled in collegiate basketball and swimming.  Tommy Bartlett died at the age of 88 on October 18, 2016.