Mac Jones’s dad learned to be a sports parent through tennis

On the other side of that court was just one amazing tennis player, Gordon Jones, who had gone to Yorktown High in Arlington for three years and then to Florida and then to Flagler, where he won the NAIA national singles title and reached Flagler’s Hall famous, all long before he became a lawyer in Jacksonville, Florida these days. He had already reached number 322 in the world by early 1978 and had already become one of the talented legions who have stormed the planet through time to become elusive ranking points that could lead them to top-level tour events. For one, he had lost a tight Wimbledon qualifier against the invisible serve of Aussie Dale Collings (6: 3, 9: 8) in 1978 when Wimbledon tiebreaker sets ended 9: 8.