Wellesley mentor being inducted into USTA New England Hall of Fame

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Five years after graduating from Yale, Newton native Larry Rice defeated tennis legend Bill Tilden in the semifinals of the 1924 Rhode Island Clay Court championships.

Rice recalled to friends that he was so exhilarated he couldn’t sleep that night and had nothing left for the championship final.

But for four-plus decades after moving to Wellesley in 1931, Rice had boundless energy, serving as a coach and mentor to more than a thousand young athletes.

On Saturday, he will be posthumously inducted to the United States Tennis Association/New England Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. Warren will accept on his behalf and Westborough’s Peter Allen, who nominated Rice, will deliver opening remarks.

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