The son of Julius and Faye Jones and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Jack became a multi-talented tennis promoter, TV producer and business executive. Though he’ll be most recognized for his contribution to women’s tennis, his love for the game was exceeded only by his love and devotion to his family. He reveled in their achievements and was steadfast in his support for every member of his close-knit family. He thrived watching his children form families of their own.
“Jack truly loved tennis. He loved his family. Jack was a great friend, and relationships are everything. He loved tennis but he thought outside of the box. He was really a special human being. Kind, smart, ahead of his time. He also was a great friend through the years, and I think that’s what’s important.”
-Billie Jean King
“Jack helped make women’s tennis a global leader in sports by taking risks in the 1970s and investing in the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association). Jack also helped build a strong releationship between tournaments and players.”
Jack Jones, visionary who helped women’s tennis in its fight for equality, dies at 97
In looking at the notes left behind by Jack Jones, a visionary businessman whose love for tennis helped boost the women’s game at a time it needed smart and effective promotion, Jones’ son Cary was struck by the sense of fairness that was the foundation of his father’s work.
Remembering Jack Jones
The WTA was saddened to learn that Jack Jones passed away on September 2 at the age of 97. Jack was a tremendous fan of the female athletes who competed not just in his tournament, the Family Circle Cup, but around the world. Apart from being an innovative marketer and promoter, Jack was a deeply compassionate man who advocated for the equal rights of women in society.