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Farewell Mike Gooding 1965 - 2022

Sep 30, 2022

Mike Gooding - January 1, 1965 - September 27, 2022

A Message from USCTA President - Mary Livingston

I am writing to share the sad news with our American court tennis community that Mike Gooding, long-time US-based professional, passed away yesterday at the age of 57. Please find the note below that International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin sent to the Newport membership this morning.

Mike was a tremendous player, tireless teacher, and good friend to many of us for decades in Newport, Lakewood, and New York. We will miss the energy and drive that was second to none.

There will be moments to remember his contributions in the weeks and months to come but for now, on behalf of the Board of Governors and the USCTA, I wish Mike peace and ask each of you to hold his family in your thoughts.

Very best,


From Todd Martin, CEO International Tennis Hall of Fame

It is with a solemn and sober heart that I share the tragic news that our long-time teammate, Court Tennis Head Professional, and friend Mike Gooding has passed away. Mike had been battling bladder cancer for more than a year.

In addition to being a valued teammate, Mike enjoyed an extraordinary life and career. Most importantly, Mike was a loving husband to Amanda and father to Lara and Tabatha. Mike was an esteemed athlete, having once been the Court Tennis World #2 in singles. His teaching abilities were lauded by all - from his peers to the countless beginners he introduced to the game. I regularly heard from younger professionals that Mike’s coaching in doubles was “second to none”. He shared his love of Court Tennis, its history, and the benefits of the game generously with so many. For those of us who worked most closely with Mike, we knew him as a kind, spirited, intelligent, and caring man…and indeed, he was always up for a chat.

Details for services will be shared once known.

I ask that you keep Amanda and the girls, and Mike’s extended family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve the loss of someone so dear.


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