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Longtime USTA Volunteer Ginger Renouard Passes

March 30, 2015 03:42 PM
Past former Phoenix-area president and tennis advocate dies

GingerRenouardVirginia Renouard, also known as Ginger, a longtime volunteer and life member of the USTA, recently passed away after a short battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.

Ginger came to the Southwest in 1961, but her love and enthusiasm for tennis began much earlier than that.

After relocating to the Southwest in the early 1960s, she came to volunteer for what used to be the Phoenix District Tennis Association (PDTA), now USTA Central Arizona.

For over 35 years, Renouard was a vital cog in growing tennis through the USTA in the Phoenix metro, volunteering for both the district and USTA Southwest. To the end, Ginger was a USTA proponent and passionate advocate for the sport.

She served as Phoenix Area President, Vice President, and Secretary. Additionally, she was the Southwest Section Vice President for 11 years. She has been a past recipient of several prestigious USTA National awards, including the USTA Service Bowl, a past USTA award 
given annually to the woman who makes the most notable contribution to the sportsmanship, fellowship and service of tennis. 

Renouard's lasting legacy - besides her amazing tenure and enthusiasm for the game - has been how responsible she was for encouraging many other people to become involved in tennis through volunteer work. Many past and current USTA Central Arizona volunteers entered their service to the game from Renouard's gentle urging.

In addition to being inducted into USTA Central Arizona Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 2005, Renouard was inducted into the USTA Southwest Hall of Fame in 2003.

Renouard was also a former non-playing captain and coach of the U.S. Women's 65 Kitty Godfree Cup team. Her teams had won the international competition five times and finished second three other times.