11 November 2007

Paul Smith last played in the Taranaki Open in 2003 and in 1987 won the Open Men's Doubles title with Steve Guy.

Kiwi Player Honoured in the US
A New Zealander has received international recognition for his achievements and contribution to tennis.

American based Kiwi Paul Smith has been inducted into the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Hall of Fame. 

Smith (left) has an impressive tennis record, having won 13 USTA National doubles titles. He has also won the USTA 40+ clay court champs in Savannah, Georgia five times, won the 35+ and 45+ clay court tournaments in Florida twice each and holds the title for two national 40+ hard court, one national 35+ indoor and one national 40+ grass court tournaments.

Other achievements include 2 world ITF doubles titles and an NCAA doubles title when at college at the Wichita State University.

Smith coached the World Team Tennis Franchise in Kansas City from 1992 to 2005 and has also been teaching at Mission Hills Country Club in Kansas City for 17 years.

He will be in action in New Zealand in December this year, playing doubles with another Kiwi great Alistair Hunt in the New Zealand Residentials tournament 35+ age-group.