Seligson of Lehigh University was probably the best Jewish player of
that era. He was intercollegiate champion in 1928 and ranked ninth nationally. Eddie
Jacobson of Baltimore was a National junior champion, as Seligson was before him. Izzy
Bellis of Philadelphia won the same title. Joey Fishbach created a temporary stir but
never went very far. Other players included Len Hartman; Henry Prusoff, who ranked
eleventh once in the National ratings; and Seymour Greenberg, who went as high as fifth.
Sam Match and Pablo Eisenberg were fairly prominent in the Savitt-Flam era. Julius and
Gladys Heldman started a remarkable tennis dynasty. They themselves were pretty good
players. He won the National Junior Outdoor Championship in 1936 and years later the
Senior championship. His wife also was a rather good player, who competed at Wimbledon and
was the first ranked woman player in Texas. She founded World Tennis Magazine and
the Heldmans remain prominent in the sport. Their daughter Julie ranked high as an amateur
and did well as a professional. Another daughter, Carrie, became a tennis writer as well
as a player.
Finally, tennis became another sport finally opened to and enriched by
the Jewish athlete. An earlier edition of this book predicted that it would have been
difficult to guess that a time would come when Jews would be talked about in tennis
circles. Then Savitt came along. Most recently Harold Solomon and Brian Gottfried emerged
as stars on the pro circuit. Who knows what the near future will bring in terms of new
Jewish tennis stars?