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Brian Uihlein to be Inducted into American Platform Tennis Hall of Fame
December 22, 2017
The American Platform Tennis Association (APTA) is pleased to announce that Chicago native Brian Uihlein will be inducted into its Hall of Fame. This is the APTA’s highest honor, bestowed only on individuals who have excelled at the highest level of the sport of platform tennis or been supremely instrumental in the growth and development of platform tennis.
Brian Uihlein had a stellar playing career, winning the Men’s National Championships twice, in 2006 and 2008, both times with David Keevins. He was a major force on the tour during his era, achieving national rankings between 1997 and 2015 and collecting numerous titles.
Perhaps Uihlein’s greatest impact on the game came from his ultra-aggressive style of play, including the spin shots which literally changed the way the game is played at the championship level. These spins allowed Uihlein to play offensively at net, commonplace today, but which had never been done before.
Uihlein also contributed to the game off the court, participating in many clinics and exhibitions and contributing behind the scenes to the Chicago Platform Tennis Charities. He has demonstrated a high level of integrity and sportsmanship throughout his career, earning the respect and admiration of the paddle community.