USTA December 12, 2014
Billy Nealon of Fairport, N.Y. was named as USTA Eastern’s recipient of the George Seewagen Award for his extensive work as a teaching professional, as well as his commitment to excellence in competition and sportsmanship. Nealon will receive the award at USTA Eastern’s Tennis Conference on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel in White Plains, N.Y.
Nealon, who started playing tennis at the age of seven, has been the Head Teaching Professional at the Tennis Club of Rochester for approximately 20 years, where his Junior Program has produced seven number one ranked Eastern juniors.
“I’ve seen it from both ends of the spectrum, as a player and a coach,” Nealon said. “My favorite part about teaching is making somebody who thinks they can’t do it, actually do it, at any level of play.”
On the player side, Nealon was a number one ranked junior who went on to become a collegiate All-American at the University of Southern California. He played professionally from 1983-1986.
Nealon was later inducted into the Rochester Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014, its inaugural year, along with his mother, Ann Nealon, who was also a Head Teaching Professional.
“I have trouble separating myself from tennis because it has always been a part of who I’ve been,” Nealon said. “Following in the steps of Mr. Seewagen and his dedication to the sport is a tremendous honor.”
Nealon will be featured in USTA Eastern’s Tennis Conference booklet, which will be given to each attendee
The Eastern Tennis Conference is an annual event hosted by USTA Eastern, the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). The three-day event features professional training, informative workshops and award receptions.