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Belfast woman was first lady president of Irish Lawn Tennis Association

Mavis Hogg being presented with a medal by Tennis Ireland at a Davis Cup dinner in Dublin in 2010

MAVIS Hogg was the first lady president of the Irish Lawn Tennis Association.

She was a lifelong member of Hawarden Tennis Club in east Belfast where she first became active in the sport's administration.

Elected to the Ulster Council in 1968, she served as its president in the 1970s and again the nineties.

Nationally, she was elected to the Irish Lawn Tennis Association in 1973 and a decade later became its president.

In this role she welcomed the American Davis Cup team to Dublin and presented John McEnroe with a special award for breaking teammate Arthur Ashe's record of 28 singles victories in the competition.

The Americans beat Ireland 4-1.

The Belfast woman also served as Tennis Ireland secretary from 1985-1993 and represented Ireland on the European Tennis Association, also the first lady to serve on the body.

Mavis, who always said her club was the most important thing in tennis to her, was awarded an MBE in 1997 for services to the sport.

She died aged 90 on April 9 after a short illness.

Predeceased by her husband John, she is survived by her children Jonathan, David and Christopher.

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