BERKELEY – Prior to the start of California’s April 12 home match against Washington, the Golden Bears will celebrate the life and career of late Cal star Jim McManus.
McManus passed away after a two-year battle with cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. A member of both the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame and the USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame, McManus was one of the founding fathers of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). A week before he passed away McManus talked dearly about his love of Cal, his contributions to tennis worldwide, and the book he had then recently published, Tennis History: Professional Tournaments - Winners and Runners Up. McManus, 70 when he passed away, was in the tennis arena for more than 50 years as a player, an administrator and fan of the game.
As a founding member, and member of the original Board of Directors at the ATP in 1972, McManus spent 28 years as an employee with the ATP Tour working in various departments: the ranking system, tournament representation and development, pension plan, player entry department, Senior Tour and alumni services. At Cal, he attained All-America honors in tennis by reaching the 1961 NCAA doubles championship and was an All-American in 1963 as well. Before the advent of the ATP rankings, he was twice ranked in the top 10 of the U.S. singles and was twice No. 2 in doubles (with Bill Hoogs in 1963 and Jim Osborne in 1969). He reached the 1968 U.S. Open semifinals with Osborne.
A native of Northern California, Jim's interest in playing tennis came from his parents. He learned the game at the Berkeley Tennis Club from a series of coaches, the most prominent of whom was Tom Stow, who taught 1938 Grand Slam champion Don Budge. McManus is survived by his wife, Carole, of 30 years, and their two children, Kate and Jordy.
The 17th-ranked Bears (9-3) will play six matches before McManus/Legends day, including a nonconference dual with the 46th-ranked Pepperdine Waves (9-10) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, in Malibu, Calif.