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January 21, 2014

VIDEO: South coach to be inducted into state high school tennis Hall of Fame

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Bill Blankenbaker as a player

Even though Bill Blankenbaker is being inducted into the Indiana Tennis Hall of Fame primarily because of his coaching accomplishments at Terre Haute South High School, he has enjoyed more than his share of success as an adult tennis player.

Blankenbaker reached a career high of No. 11 in the national ranking for men’s 35-and-over singles. He and his oldest son Brandon were ranked as high as No. 6 in the National Father/Son Division. He and his other son Ryan were listed as high as No. 9 in the same rankings.

Bill and Brandon Blankenbaker received the Talbert/Trabert Sportsmanship Award at the National Father/Son Clay Court Championships in 2003.

Both of Bill’s sons played college tennis at Eastern Illinois University and are teaching pros at Kiawhia Island Tennis Resort.

— David Hughes

 

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