In 1933, a petite sixteen year old redhead from Dayton named Virginia, unknown and unseeded, was the runner-up at the National Indoor Girls’ Championships. The very next year, Virginia Hollinger won this prestigious title. The high point of her career came in 1938 when she defeated a more experienced opponent to win the National Indoor Tennis Championship.
On May 17, 1946, Virginia Hollinger died of Hodgkin’s Disease. She was 28. In 1947, to honor one of Dayton’s greatest players, the Dayton Tennis Association received permission from the Hollinger family to rename their club the Virginia Hollinger Memorial Tennis Club. In her memory, we strive to maintain the level of excellence inspired by this young woman’s amazing achievements.