Tyler tennis player Bill Lust is one of four outstanding Texas tennis players chosen for induction to the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame. Bill Lust is a native of Minnesota, but he moved to Texas in 1947. His many tennis accomplishments include winning the 1953 Dallas Open, going undefeated in tournament play from 1956 to 1958 and winning the Sectional Doubles Championship in 1958 with partner James Schulze (a 1989 Hall of Fame Inductee), scoring the Men’s Singles 55 National Grass Championship in 1985 and retiring a East Texas Open trophy in 1966 after winning the tournament three times. He continues to be a champion player, winning both the Men’s 75 Singles and Doubles (with Ray Beall) tournament in 2005. Despite this, Lust notes that his most favorite tennis memories center around the people he has met while starting, and growing the East Texas Open into a major Adult Zone tournament, planning the Tyler Tennis and Swim Club, acting as President of the Tyler Area Tennis Association and hitting balls with junior tennis players to help develop their game.
The Induction ceremony is scheduled for November 4, 2006 at the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame in Waco. Tickets for the event are available to the public by contacting Maria VanVreede at the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame at 254-756-2307, or firstname.lastname@example.org.