Harry B Thompson III

 

Harry III started playing tennis at the age of 12 in 1950 at the Piedmont Driving Club under pro Jack Waters. At that time, all the good players in Atlanta either played there or the Atlanta Tennis Club on North Avenue. In 1951 at the age of 13, he won his first tournament, the 15 singles at Dan Magill’s Crackerland tournament in Athens. Harry was ranked #1 in the south and #8 in the nation in the 15 singles in 1953.

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1952 8th Grade Westminster School tennis team playing against Landon School in Baltimore, MD. Donald Dell w as, at the time, Landon’s star player. Pictured from left to right—Ned Neely, Spencer Allen, Ivan Allen III, Frederick Davis, Harry III, Charles Tuller

Harry and Ned Neely led Westminster to the National high school team championship in 1956. That same year Harry was ranked #15 in the nation in 18 singles.

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Offer Letter from UGA

 

Thompson-National-Collegiate-TennisHarry teamed with Ned Neely in 1960 to lead Georgia Tech to SEC team championship. In 1959 they led Tech to a 19-2 team record and in 1960 Ned and harry won the #1 and #2 singles and #1 doubles and team championship in The Southeastern Conference. he and Ned placed 2nd in the NCAA doubles in Seattle, WA. In 1960 he and Dave Peake won the Georgia Intercollegiate. Some 50 years later Harry still holds the all-time singles and doubles (with Ned Neely) percentage record at GA tech.

 

 

 

Harry III at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center , Court #1, Atlanta; partner John Skogstad looking on.

Harry III at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center , Court #1, Atlanta; partner John Skogstad looking on.

 

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Harry III takes 1960 SEC Tennis Title.

After graduating from Tech Harry spent two years in the Navy where he won the Naval Forces Europe singles and doubles title in London while stationed at Port Lyautey, Morocco and represented the Navy in the Armed Forces Tournament in Newport R.I.

 

In 1967 Harry brought the 1967 Davis Cup Team to Atlanta to play in the Atlanta Invitational. It was that year John Skogstad had his famous match with then #1 ranked player Arthur Ashe. In 1982 Harry served as V.P. of the Southern Tennis Association and continued to serve ALTA in a board and advisory position. He along with John Skogstad and John Callen started the Ga Tennis Hall of Fame in 1982.

In his business career he served as president of Conklin Metal Industries, Atlanta Rotary Club, and Northwest Atlanta Young Life and on the board of Atlanta Speech School, the Summit Charter School, and Capital City Club.

Harry Thompson III, President of Rotary Club of Atlanta 1985-86.

Harry Thompson III, President of Rotary Club of Atlanta 1985-86.

Harry is married to the former Eleanor Ashcraft and they have three children, Harry, Martie, and Robbie.