An inductee of four halls of fame, including induction into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997, Jimmy Parker made his mark on the tennis court while at Rice and after graduation. He earned a B.A. in political science in 1965 and continued his education at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving an M.A. in 1968. The winner of more than 80 U.S. Tennis Association National Championships and 14 International Tennis Federation World Championships, Parker played the first match of the Open Era at the 1968 U.S. Open. He was the winner of 11 U.S. Professional Tennis Association national championships and has been ranked No. 1 in the International Tennis Federation World Senior Rankings five times. A former
U.S. Davis Cup player, Parker was also a member of World Championship U.S. Dubler, Perry, Austria and Von Cramm
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