John Packett

with Tom Hood and Eric Perkins

A native of Warsaw, Va., gradu­ated from the University of Richmond in 1966 and spent four years in the U.S. Navy before joining the Richmond Times-Dispatch sports department. He worked there for nearly four decades and wrote about tennis most of that time. Packett covered local and state tourna­ments, as well as the U.S. Open and two Davis Cup finals before retiring in 2009.