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ATP Trainer Bill Norris Honoured By Tennis Hall Of Fame

Carlsbad, U.S.A.

Norris © Susan Mullane / cameraworkusaATP trainer Bill Norris is honoured for his contributions to the sport.

Legendary ATP trainer Bill Norris was honoured by the International Tennis Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the sport. Norris is in his 41st year in professional tennis and is the founding father of the ATP Sports Medicine Committee.

Norris received the 2013 Samuel Hardy and Tennis Educational Merit Award from Hall of Fame President Stan Smith during a recent awards luncheon in Carlsbad, California.

“As an industry, we are only able to grow tennis with the vision and hard work of dedicated leaders and volunteers,” said Smith. “Bill Norris’ work in sports medicine and rehabilitation has proved vital to improving and extending careers for so many athletes.”

A pioneer in athletic training and sports medicine, Norris developed many principles and protocols of conditioning, preventative care, rehabilitation, and recovery that are standards in sports medicine today.

He began his career in professional baseball and basketball prior to joining the men’s tennis tour in 1973. Norris worked for the New York Mets upon his graduation, and was named the head athletic trainer/therapist for the New York Knicks in 1963 at the age of 21 - the youngest ever hired for any major league franchise.

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