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PAC-12 Commissioner Comes Home

Larry Scott, commissioner of the NCAA PAC-12 Conference, recently returned to his roots to be inducted into his high school’s Alumni Association.

A former pro tennis player and USTA Eastern Hall of Fame Inductee in 2008, Scott grew up in Merrick and was “raised” at Freeport Indoor Tennis and the Woodbury Country Club, where his parents played regularly. Scott, who trained at the Port Washington Tennis Academy, reached a high of #9 in the country in the 16-and-unders. He played on the John F. Kennedy HS (Bellmore) Varsity tennis team and was NY State High School singles champion. He went on to be All-American at Harvard and a pro on the ATP Tour for three years before turning his passion for tennis into a successful career in sports management.

“Tennis was a great experience for me growing up,” Scott says. “I come from a tennis-playing family. My parents played frequently and I went with them when they played.”

As a pro, Scott’s highest career rank was #69 in doubles. He says his career highlight was qualifying in singles for the 1987 Wimbledon tournament and proceeding to win his first round match. Later that year he won the doubles title at the Newport Hall of Fame Tournament.

Previously Chief Operating Officer of the ATP Tour, Scott also headed the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, where his proudest achievement was working with Billie Jean King and the Williams sisters to gain equal prize money for women at grand slam tournaments.

Today, Scott is responsible for all athletics in 12 leading academic institutions, with 8,000 student athletes and 35 sports. USTA LI Region President Daniel Burgess and Melanie Rubin, Community Events Chair, attended the Kennedy HS Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony and presented Scott with a plaque from the LI Region recognizing his achievements.