Alexander B. Aitchison, a former President of USTA Eastern and General Manager of the Port Washington Tennis Academy, died February 10 at the age of 81.
Alex, of Newtown, CT, began his tennis career in his native Melbourne, Australia, where he served as the General Manager and CEO of Kooyong Tennis Club. In 1972, he moved to Long Island with his family where he served as General Manager and CEO of Port Washington Tennis Academy. Many of the biggest names in tennis played as juniors at the Academy , including John McEnroe, Mary Carillo and Vitas Gerulaitis.
From 1982-1983, Alex served as President of USTA Eastern, then known as the Eastern Tennis Association. Alex also served on a number of USTA committees, including the Junior Davis Cup and the Junior Tennis Council, serving as chair of the latter from 1985-1986. In 1985, Alex served as a personal consultant to USTA President Randy Gregson and a special committee that helped develop the USTA player development program.
Alex served as president of the Newtown Tennis Association in 1998, and as tennis director at the Newtown Youth Academy since its inception. In 2001, he was named to the Newtown Sports Hall of Fame. Alex’s book, A Tennis Experience And All That..., was published in 1996.
Alex was a consultant, guest speaker, teacher, radio commentator, and a TV commercial actor, at different times in his life. With all of his accomplishments he was first a family man, and a true inspiration to all who knew him.
The family would like to thank Danbury Hospital, Dr. Martin Abrams, and the wonderful caring staff of the Praxair Cancer Center, who helped in his final years.
A private ceremony was held at his home. Honan Funeral Home assisted the family.