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Jan, 2019

Swindoll earns USTA's Professional of the Year award

By John Davis

Community Relations Director


Debbie Swindoll felt a huge sense of pride when she was handed the award that proclaimed her the USTA Mississippi Tennis Professional of the Year for 2018 Saturday. This was the third time that the Oxford Park Commission’s Swindoll was named the top tennis professional in the state, and the first since 2003. 

“I was so proud. They read off all the things that people sent in during the nomination process, and it was just … such a proud moment,” Swindoll said. “There are so many great people involved in this. It was also special to get the award with (OPC Deputy Director) Mike Young and Kristi Boxx with me and my husband Arliss.”

Swindoll has been associated with the OPC since 1992, her first year to start instructing residents. She was a driving force behind the expansion of FNC Tennis Center, which is now the state’s largest public facility with 20 courts. Swindoll credited the expansion, and the great people she works with, as the keys to her success.

“We have been able to do a lot more, not only due to the facility, but also on the back end with all of our programs and everything we do with the combination of every little element,” Swindoll said. “You never expect to win an award like this because there are so many quality instructors just here in Oxford. We have eight to 10 USPTA pros and they probably have over 100 in Jackson and around the state. To be recognized, for somebody to nominate me and think I’m worthy, is just a tremendous honor. It’s big. The team success we have in the high schools and in junior team tennis, and in the adult leagues, is due to these courts and all the great people we have in place here for tennis. All of us working together, it’s been a good thing.”


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