Madison - Richard "Rick" L. Ellsworth, a prominent teaching professional on the Madison tennis scene for nearly four decades, died unexpectedly at UW Hospital on Monday, April 30, 2018, which was his 66th birthday.
He was born on April 30, 1952 to Richard and Muriel (Hoak) Ellsworth in Akron, Ohio. Rick grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where he graduated from high school, and was a high school tennis star. At The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, Rick received his bachelor's degree and was the top singles tennis player on his team. Rick went on to attend the University of Wisconsin - Madison, to pursue a PhD in organic chemistry. In 1979, he joined the staff at the John Powless Tennis Center, where he began a 39-year career as a tennis teaching pro and a tournament director.
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