Jose Angel Manaiza Jr
2 min readJan 31, 2024


Bel Air, CA — January 30, 2024

Tennis Star Maurice Hunter Inducted into Black Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2024

Bel Air, CA, January 30, 2024 — Tennis enthusiasts and community members gathered in celebration as Maurice Hunter, the renowned tennis star, was officially inducted into the prestigious Black Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2024. The induction ceremony, held in honor of Hunter’s outstanding contributions to the sport, took place alongside two other distinguished figures: 1. Lange Johnson and The Whirlwind Johnson Foundation, recognized as a Contributor and Organization, and 2. William Murray, acknowledged as a Regional Legend, and 3. James F. Phipps, also honored as a Regional Legend.

Maurice Hunter’s impact on both the tennis world and the community extends far beyond his remarkable athletic achievements. Beyond the tennis court, Hunter actively participated in landmark celebrity charity events, such as the Hal Awards alongside Berry Gordy and Motown legends. These events aimed to raise funds for black students dedicated to pursuing careers in the arts and music.

In addition to his philanthropic efforts, Maurice Hunter dedicated over 30 years of service to the Los Angeles County Recreation Parks. Throughout his tenure, he managed and led Bethune Park, leaving an indelible mark on the community. Hunter’s commitment to youth development and community engagement has left a lasting legacy that transcends the boundaries of the tennis court.

Hunter’s influence also reached the realm of coaching, where he imparted his tennis expertise to individuals of all ages. Notably, he played a pivotal role in the training and coaching of Jeffrey Lipsius, a renowned author of “Selling To The Point.” Under Hunter’s guidance in Pacific Palisades for over four years, Lipsius achieved a remarkable ranking among the top 50 in the country for seniors tennis.

Maurice Hunter’s induction into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame serves as a testament to his exceptional career and unwavering commitment to making a positive impact both on and off the tennis court. The Bel Air community congratulates Hunter on this well-deserved honor and looks forward to witnessing the continued legacy he leaves for future generations.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Shelia Curry, CEO of Black Tennis Hall of Fame

(804) 982–9459

For Speaking Engagements on the Legacy of Maurice “Mo” Hunter:

Cherisse Goedhart

(657) 385–9066




Jose Angel Manaiza Jr

Known as The Tutor To The Stars from Malibu to Beverly Hills. Mr. Manaiza is knighted by the order of St John Russian Grand Priory (OSJ) in New York City.