A superb athlete who played baseball and football as a girl, janet Hopps Adkisson (b.1934) took up a tennis raacket at age 12 and three years later claimed theh California state singles and doubles titles. When her family moved to Seattle in 1953, Adkisson became a top student at Seattle University while playing No.1 on the men’s tennis team. She also pioneered national intercollegiate play for women, sweeping the All-College Girls’ Championships three years in a row.
Dominating Northweest tennis, Adkisson broke into the national Top 10 in 1956 and enjoyed great success on the international circuit. In 1962 she married university administrator William Adkisson, with whom she raised seven children. Described as ‘unselfishly devoted to the sport 100 percent,’ Adkisson has worked tirelessly as a professional, including a 10-year term as coach of the Seattle University tennis teams. In 1998, marking a half-century of service to tennis, she was inducted into the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame.
Ranked in the USTA Top 10 1956-60; No.1 in Doubles 1960World Top 15 Rankings in Singles, Top 5 in Doubles 1958-60; No.2 in Mixed Doubles 1959-60California State Singles and Doubles Champion 1950USTA/Northern California Section Sportsmanship Award 1951National College Girls’ Tennis Tournament Singles Champion 1954-1956; Doubles Champion 1955-56No. 1 Player on Seattle University men’s tennis team 1954-1956U.S. Clay Court Doubles Champion 1955South American Singles Champion 1958U.S. Mixed Doubles Finalist 1959Wimbledon Semifinalist Doubles, Mixed Doubles 1960U.S. Indoor Triple Crown (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles) 1961U.S. Hard Court Doubles Champion 1962U.S. Junior Wightman Cup Team Member 1954-56; Team Captain 1956U.S. Wightman Cup Team Member 1958-1960; Team Captain 1959-1960U.S. Senior Indoor Singles and U.S. Hard Court Doubles Champion 1974Director, Nordstrom-Kodel Cup (national mixed doubles competition) 1974 -1978President, USPTA/Pacific Northwest Section 1977-1978 (first woman sectional director)Director, Avon Championships of Seattle 1980-1982USPTA Master Professional 1989Coach, Seattle University men’s and women’s tennis teams 1983-1994; 5-time NAIA Division Coach of the Year; competed in nationals 1991-1994Captain, U.S. Alice Marble Cup Team 1996 – presentPacific Northwest Tennis Pro of the Year 1978Centennial Alumni Award, Seattle University 1991; Member, Seattle University Sports Hall of FameInducted into the Northwest Sports Foundation Hall of Fame 1981; State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame 1998