Larry Schnall has enjoyed a prolific career in tennis.
Now, the local player and coach will get the opportunity to be recognized for his accomplishments. On Monday, Schnall will be inducted into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame, along with Dr. Dan “Ham” McGill III, son of longtime University of Georgia tennis coach Dan Magill.
“I mean, it feels great,” said Schnall, who has worked with some of the best local junior players in the area and has played exhibitions with such pros as former Wheeler high School standout Robby Ginepri, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and James Blake. “It’s a great way to show the appreciation for what I’ve accomplished in tennis. There’s a great group of people in the Hall of Fame, and it’s an honor to be included into such a big club.”
Schnall and Magill will be inducted as part of a ceremony at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, where the Atlanta Open will take place this upcoming week.
He will also have a place in the Hall of Fame’s headquarters on Marble Mill Road in Marietta.
Schnall attended Osborne High School and went on to play college tennis on scholarship at the University of West Georgia, where he was a two-time all-American and eight-time conference champion.
Schnall’s biggest accomplishment as a pro was defeating highly ranked players Bob Solomon and Harold Lutz — both top-10 players in the late 1970s and early ’80s — in the BB&T Challenge. Schnall qualified for that event four times, twice in the open division and twice more in the senior division.
“When I got out of college, I really focused on doubles play,” Schnall said. “That’s where a lot of my success has come from.”
Schnall went on to win the International Tennis Federation’s doubles 45 championship, as part of his 18 international titles. He has had more than 30 different partners with whom he has won titles with throughout his career.
Since the end of his playing career, Schnall has focused on coaching. He served as the director of tennis at the Marietta Country Club from 1997-2007, then served in the same position at Woodmont Golf and Country Club Canton until May of last year.
Schnall is also a partner in the ATI Tennis Academy at Marietta’s Fair Oaks Tennis Center, where he is the director of adult and doubles programming.
During his time as a coach, Schnall has led more than 300 ALTA and USTA city championship teams.