Local player, teacher, club owner, and coach Robbie Smith has been named to the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Smith helped to establish the Jeff Adams Tennis Center in Charlotte before moving his attention to North Charlotte in the 1990s where he was responsible for opening the Charlotte Racquet Club North (now known as the ProsperityAthletic Club), Skybrook Swim & Racquet Club, and Westport Swim & Racquet Club.
An excerpt from the full announcement:
It is said about Robbie Smith, “Everywhere Robbie has moved he has made a lasting imprint because of his love of people and the game of tennis.” Player, teacher, club owner and coach, Robbie Smith has had a major impact on the lives of people and the game of tennis.
As a player, he has many wins over players who have Hall of Fame careers in their own right such as Keith Richardson, Tim Wilkison, Buster Brown, Gene Hamilton, Andy Andrews and others. Robbie Smith as always been the consummate tennis professional in all aspects of teaching, coaching, club development and competing. He has always given his best.
Robbie has developed clubs and facilities in multiple states. In North Carolina, he was instrumental in an Asheville hub at the Great Smokies Hilton, Sugar Mountain, and teaming with North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame member Tim Wilkison at the Jeff Adams Tennis Center in Charlotte, a public facility. In the early 1990’s he ventured to North Charlotte to create, develop and build the Charlotte Racquet Club North (CRCN). CRCN opened up the world of tennis to many people that had never played or were coming back to the game. His programming, league involvement for both adults and juniors, and tournaments brought a whole new group of people to our sport. He continued creating clubs in the North Charlotte-Lake Norman area that remain very successful today!
Smith has left a lasting impact on the people whom he taught and on the sport in North Carolina. He’s a true professional that through innovation and creativity has made a career of introducing the sport of tennis to enhance the lives of others.
Read the full announcement from the NC Tennis Hall of Fame here.