The Long Island tennis community mourns the death of Steve Levy:
Anyone who had a love of the game of tennis from the early 1970s right up to today may have experienced the generosity and warm hospitality that Steve Levy offered on a regular basis throughout the tennis community of Long Island, NY where Steve lived.
Steve's Long Island tennis friends were innumerable. Peter & Michael Fishbach, Bob Barker, George Gondleman, Renee Richards, Abby Segal, Sydney Schwartz, John Nogrady, Larry Parsant, Ronnie Kahn, and the list goes on and on. As a player, Steve achieved a high senior singles ranking in the Eastern Section.
Steve's tennis relationships went far beyond the Long Island tennis community.
On Steve's well-manicured clay court in Kings Point, NY, Alan King, Lew Hoad, Rod Laver, Fred Stolle, Roy Emerson, Pancho Gonzalez, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Segura, Vitas Gerulaitis, Eddie Dibbs, Peter Fleming, Jimmy Connors, Charlie Pasarell and many more tennis greats all experienced warm friendships and tennis with Steve over the years.
Very few people realize that Steve was the first sponsor of the US Open Junior Championships that began in 1973 when he was approached by Tournament Director Bill Talbert. That first contribution was followed by many more over the years, including sponsorship in numerous USTA Pro Circuit Events. As recently as 2014 Steve was a significant sponsor of bringing the USA vs. Great Britain Davis Cup tie to San Diego.
Along with his son Morris, Steve sponsored several Pro-Ams that involved Grand Slam Champions pairing with local Long Island amateurs, raising thousands of dollars for charity.
Steve's love of the game and it's players often went well beyond the tennis court. If a tennis player had a problem, Steve was often the first to reach out and help.
For decades, at the US Open Steve would generously offer his box seats to many who would never have had the chance to experience the excitement of the night matches "ringside."
A family oriented man, Steve is survived by Renee, his wife of 62 years, 3 children, and 3 grandchildren, all of whom shared his love and enthusiasm for the game of tennis.
Steve Levy will be sorely missed by the game of tennis, and irreplaceable in the hearts of many!