Who Was Joe Hunt?

Mark Winters

US Open Military Appreciation Day Honors Joe Hunt

For many across the country, Labor Day marks "The End..." Summer is over, and it is time to return to academic pursuits.

But at the US Open Military Appreciation Day takes center stage. Having been held on Labor Day Monday since 2012, the annual salute to those who serve/have served in the five branches of the US Military has become a tournament tradition. Seven years after its inauguration, the event was designated Lieutenant Joe Hunt Military Appreciation Day in 2019.

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Mark Winters has been a tennis journalist for 50 years. During that time, he has been a staff writer for Florida Tennis, Inside Tennis, Tennis Magazine, Tennis Life and Tennis Week. His freelance articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and USA Today.

He has also contributed features to numerous other tennis and media outlets worldwide. Mark played on both the intercollegiate and professional levels. He coached college tennis and was a US Boys' Junior Davis Cup Team coach, working with Pete Sampras and Jim Courier among others.

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