San Antonio - Former Tiger men's tennis standout and Trinity Hall of Fame member Al G. Hill Jr. '67 died early Sunday morning on December 3 in his Highland Park, Texas, home at the age of 72.
A longtime entrepreneur and philanthropist, Hill made possible the 2011 renovation of Trinity's former Varsity Tennis Courts and Delavan Tennis Stadium with a matching grant. Delavan was renamed the Butch Newman Tennis Center in honor of his teammate, Butch Newman '65, Trinity's Director of Tennis. The Varsity Courts became the Al G. Hill Jr. Tennis Stadium.
"Al was one of the most distinguished alumni we have ever had," Newman said of his longtime friend and doubles partner. "He played at Trinity in the '60s during the heyday of Tiger tennis, and was always an exemplary sportsman. After graduation, he helped usher in Open tennis through the ownership and leadership with World Championship Tennis (WCT). He was the most generous contributor to Trinity tennis we have ever had, and above all, he was one of my dearest friends in life. I will miss him sorely."
Hill amassed a singles record of 38-11 (.775) from 1964-1967 and was elected team captain during his final year of competition. His coach was the late Clarence Mabry, the "Father of Trinity Tennis." The team registered a four-year dual-match record of 61-6.
Hill was a member of the United States Junior Davis Cup Team in 1962. He won the 1964 Canadian National Men's Doubles Championship.
He was inducted into the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. A fellow inductee was teammate and current Trinity Trustee Miles Cortez '64.
"Al was and remained always the consummate teammate, intensely loyal to all of us," said Cortez. "He was a pioneer in the tennis industry and an astute businessman."
Hill was also a teammate of 2005 Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Cliff Buchholz '65, a Trinity Trustee and a major force in the tennis industry.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity in business administration, Hill became a highly successful businessman. In 1968, Hill was a co-founder of the pioneering World Championship Tennis with his uncle, Lamar Hunt, then-owner of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL team. Hill served as president of the WCT Tour until 1990. The tour ushered in the era of "Open Tennis" when events included both professional and amateur players. Some of the original players included John Newcombe, Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, and Cliff Drysdale.
The Dallas Morning News reported some of the beneficiaries of Hill's philanthropy were Baylor Healthcare Foundation, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and the North Texas Food Bank.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University Blvd., Dallas, Texas.