Jason Morton of Sun Lakes, AZ passed away this month. He was a tennis champion.
The following is culled from his 2003 induction into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame. Since then he won the ITF World singles championship in 2008 in the men’s 80 division and was a member of the 2008 Gardnar Mulloy Cup team. Those were his last tennis competitions.
Jason Morton seemed to come from nowhere when he first made his mark on tennis as a virtual unknown at the state championship in 1946. Since that time he has earned over 100 national titles, authored a book and won 10 International senior titles (six in doubles and four in singles).
Morton moved to Texas in 1946. He attended the University of Houston (1947-1951), winning the conference title in singles and doubles each year (Lone Star, Gulf Coast, Missouri Valley). Morton was the first pro in Corpus Christi. He opened the University Club in Houston as the pro, the first indoor facility in Houston. After spending two years in the Hill Country, Morton went to Hollytree Country Club in Tyler. He started a team at the University of Texas at Tyler, coming in 5th in the NAIA their first year. Morton then moved to Sun Lakes, Arizona as Tennis Director. He helped design the Oakwood Tennis Club, which hosted the National 70-75 Hard Court Championships for many years.
Morton served on the Executive Committee of the Texas Tennis Association and as President of the USPTA Texas Division. He may be most famous for having chaired the match at the Billie Jean King -Bobby Riggs Battle of the Sexes Match at the Houston Astrodome. He co-authored the book "Winning Tennis after 40" with Russell Seymour (Class of 1999).