(17th April 1946 – 15th April 2013)
It was with shock and sadness that we at Tennis Coach Ireland learned of the death of Helen Lennon after a very short illness. Helen was an international tennis player who competed against some of the world’s most prominent, including Martina Navratilova, Evonne Goolagong, Virginia Wade and Billie Jean King. She represented Ireland in Fed Cup in a total of eleven ties. Helen went on to act as Non-Playing Captain to the Irish Fed Cup team in the early 1980’s.
But of course it is as a talented and gifted teacher of the game that we at TCI most remember Helen. Her high level work in clubs and schools across Dublin helped develop many players through the years. Helen was also a leading light in the Irish Professional Tennis Coaches Association – the precursor to Tennis Coach Ireland, and as such helped to lay the foundations upon which our organisation is built today. Helen will be sadly missed throughout Irish tennis. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Colm and all the family, two of whom, brother Paddy and nephew Fiachra, are members of our Association.