Jimmie Horace “Doc” Horne Sr. inducted into Black Tennis Hall of Fame

Jimmie Horace “Doc” Horne Sr. inducted into Black Tennis Hall of Fame


When Calvin Patterson returned home to West Palm Beach from college in the mid-to-late 1960s, he headed to Gaines Park, where his high school woodworking teacher taught tennis and a former classmate of Patterson assisted.

“At first, I saw just a few people out there,” Patterson recalled. “Then, there were more. And then I’d come home and, oh man, there were 60, 70 people there taking lessons and the courts were full. I thought, ‘Wow! Who knew that many people of color would be out here playing tennis?’ And they did that because of Doc Horne.”

Today, the tennis center at Gaines Park is named after Jimmie “Doc” Horace Horne Sr. In 1990, the city of West Palm Beach proclaimed March 17 as Jimmie “Doc” Horne Appreciation Day, and four years later, he was one of six recipients of the U.S. Tennis Association’s Community Service Award.



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