|Title:||2009 Inductee (Tennis 1967-1971)|
Humphrey Hose was born on May 4, 1947, on the island of Curaçao and began playing tennis at the tender age of nine years old. In just three years, at the age of 12, Hose won his first International title. At the age of 18, he became the national champion of Curaçao, a title he held for two years. In 1965 he moved to Venezuela and had won both the Hard and Clay court National Championships by the age of 20. He would represent Venezuela in Davis Cup competition for 9 years.
Hose brought his tennis skills and impressive resume to the University of Corpus Christi (UCC) in 1967. He represented the Tarpons from 1967-1971 serving as team captain during his junior and senior years. He won numerous tournaments including the Pan American, Buccaneer, and Thanksgiving tournaments in Corpus Christi as well as summer tournaments in cities such as Mobile, Al, New York, NY, and Montgomery, Al. Hose was ranked the #1 player in Division I collegiate tennis player in 1971. During his senior season, the Tarpon tennis team advanced to the NCAA National Championships at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. and ended the season ranked #5 nationally. Hose was recognized as All-American by the NCAA in 1971.
He began an impressive professional career upon graduation from UCC in 1971. Over the next nine years, he played Davis Cup, the ATP circuit, Wimbledon, the US Open, and the French Open. His professional resume included wins over several players ranked in the top-10 worldwide and he was the 5-time Dutch National Champion. Perhaps the highlight of his professional playing career was a win over Thomas Okker in Amsterdam a couple weeks after Okker advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1975. Additionally, Hose won the Caribbean circuit “Copa Marlboro del Caribe” on two separate occasions.
In 1980 he ended his professional playing career and moved to the island of Aruba to become the Tennis Federation Head coach. He was also the teaching pro at the Holiday Inn Beach resort in Aruba for 13 years. In 1993 he built the Aruba Racquet Club, becoming the Executive Director and shareholder which allowed him to bring the first ATP event to the island. In 1996 Hose was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Blue Grey Tennis Championships in Montgomery, Ala. an event he won in 1971 and 1972. In 2006, after 13 years with the Aruba Racquet Club, he accepted a position as a teaching professional at La Caban Beach and Racquet Club, where he still works today.