Randy Snow

Born:
May 24, 1959
Died:
November 19, 2009
Place of Birth:
Austin, Texas
United States
Citizenship:
United States
Induction Category:
Recent Player
Year of Induction:
2012
Highest Ranking
No. 1- 1991

Wheelchair tennis superstar and three-time Paralympic medalist Randy Snow was inducteed to the International Tennis Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012. Randy is only the second wheelchair tennis player in history to be honored with induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Brad Parks, the pioneering founder of the sport, who was inducted in 2010. In addition to his successful tennis career, Randy was a competitive basketball player and racer. Off the courts, he was an influential leader in the development of Wheelchair Tennis and a tireless advocate for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Randy's Hall of Fame induction was a posthumous recognition of his achievements and contributions to the sport. He passed away on November 19, 2009 in El Salvador while volunteering at a wheelchair tennis camp.

Whether he was delivering a fierce forehand, patiently teaching a young player, or motivating an entire room of people at a speaking engagement, it’s safe to say wheelchair tennis superstar Randy Snow was all heart in his activities.

Originally from Terrell, Texas, Randy was a talented, determined athlete throughout his life. As a teenager, Snow was a ranked tennis player in the state of Texas, but when a farming accident left him a paraplegic at the age of 16, he refused to let the physical challenges fade his competitive spirit and athletic talent. Randy committed himself to wheelchair sports, to inspiring athletes worldwide, and to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Randy won 22 major tournament titles during his career, and he achieved a world ranking of No. 2 in singles and No. 1 in doubles. For many years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Randy was a member of the United States Men’s World Cup team, a competition similar to Davis Cup. Randy was named ITF Wheelchair Tennis Player of the Year in 1991 and USA Wheelchair Athlete of the Year in 2000.

Undoubtedly the best of his time, Randy’s influence on the wheelchair tennis world far exceeded his success as a champion. Off the courts, he was an active leader in the development of wheelchair tennis and a tireless advocate for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. From Bolivia to Thailand and beyond, he traveled the world teaching the game, standardizing training programs, and generally opening doors to those who may not have otherwise known the joy of Paralympic sports.
 
As a man of seemingly endless talent – and a nonstop drive to apply himself wholly to every situation, tennis was not Randy’s only platform. In the 1990s, he served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and he worked extensively with the National Council on Disability. Randy conducted wheelchair tennis camps all over the world in nations ranging from Bolivia to Thailand, and he developed, managed, and taught at the "Randy Snow Wheelchair Tennis Camps" across the United States. In addition, he developed the USPTA certification for Wheelchair Tennis.

In 1984, the Summer Olympics added a men's 1500-meter wheelchair race as an exhibition event, which was to be the first Paralympic event ever to appear before a large audience. Randy trained relentlessly for the event, ultimately earning a silver medal, as well as a standing ovation for wheelchair athletes. He went on to win gold medals in the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona for singles and doubles tennis, and at the 1996 Atlanta Games, he was a member of the bronze medal-winning wheelchair basketball team. In 2004, he became the first Paralympian to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Singles Champion- 1989, 1990
  • Doubles Champion- 1988, 1990, 1993

US Open

  • Singles Champion- 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993
  • Doubles Champion- 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994