Ben Press, American tennis player, Died at 92


Ben Press was born on May 21, 1924, and died on September 9, 2016.

He was an American tennis player, coach, and writer,

He was known for his involvement in World Team Tennis, his connection with the Hotel del Coronado, and as a teacher of tennis standouts such as Maureen Connolly and Karen Hantze Susman.

His playing career included wins at the La Jolla Championship Summer Tournament in 1949 and 1951.

He played against such contemporaries as Jack Kramer, Bill Tilden, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Gonzales, Whitney Reed, and Tony Trabert.

Also to that, Press won three USTA Senior National mixed doubles titles with Jeanne Doyle Garrett in 1970, 1973, and 1974, and represented the United States against Canada four times for the Gordon Trophy.

With his longtime teaching career, Press wrote at length about tennis.

During the 1970s, Ben Press wrote a regular column on tennis for the San Diego Evening Tribune.

Ben Press was one of the co-founders of the Greater San Diego City Tennis Council, an organization that provides resources and funds for the improvement and refurbishment of public tennis court facilities in San Diego.

Mr. Press served two terms as president of both the San Diego District Tennis Association and the San Diego division of the USPTA.

During 2006, Press was one of ten initial inductees into the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame.

He died due to prostate cancer.

Ben Press passed away at 92 years old.