2006

Bobby Mahal

By the young age of 18, Bobby had made quite a name for himself in the sport of tennis.He was a strong, aggressive baseline player, with world-class groundstrokes and anunparalleled work ethic. He was highly regarded as a team leader for Canada in juniorteam competitions, and won 3-Canadian Junior National Championships and 4-ProvincialJunior titles in his career.

During Bobby’s tennis career he played and competed against some of the top players inthe world, earning himself a spot in the top 10 rankings in Canadian Men’s Singles. In 1993,he won the Singles and Doubles at the Canadian Junior Nationals and also competed inEurope where he defeated some of the World’s best juniors. He played in the Junior Italianand French Open’s respectively, scoring wins over Oliver Mutis, France’s #1 ranked junior and PaulGoldstein U.S.A’s #1 ranked junior, before bowing out to the World’s number #1 ranked player GustavoKuerten in 3 tight sets.

Bobby became friends and hitting partners with Andre Agassi and went under the tutelage of thelegendary coach of Jimmy Connors, Pancho Segura. Their relationship still continues today. Later thatyear Bobby was a key member of the 1993 Canadian Junior Davis Cup Team, which achieved a 5thplace finish in the world.

In 1994 Bobby headed to the University of California at Berkeley on a full-tennis scholarship. For the1995-96 season he was named Team Captain. There he scored big wins over NCAA #2 ranked GeorgeBastl and what would become the 2005 World’s #1 ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan. Bobbywould finish as high as #12 in singles and #6 in doubles.

A shoulder injury forced Bobby to retire from the professional tour in 2000. He currentlycoaches out of the Bramalea Tennis Club and Ontario Racquet Club, aswell as Tennis Canada’s under 12 National Junior Program. Bobby alsodoes T.V. and radio coverage for the Association of Tennis Professionals(ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) events all over the world.

Inducted May 31, 2006