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Morgan to join state's Hall of Fame today

According to Nancy Morgan, tennis can be addicting.

And she's not just talking about picking up a racket and playing. She's also talking about promoting the sport.

Morgan, 60, a St. Petersburg Times correspondent primarily covering tennis, will become the second Pinellas County resident inducted into the Florida Tennis Hall of Fame during ceremonies today outside Jacksonville.

She became involved in tennis when she was 37 and has played and promoted the sport ever since. The Hall of Fame is honoring her for 24 years of volunteer service.

"I was pretty overwhelmed and still am," Morgan said of the honor. "I never thought when I became a volunteer in 1983 I'd still be one in 2006. It's been a great experience. I'm honored to receive this recognition."

Morgan is president of the Suncoast Tennis Foundation in Pinellas County and is a board member for the Florida Youth Tennis Foundation.

She was president of the state tennis association from 2001-02. Morgan has written about and taught tennis and received a Florida Merit Award for volunteer work in 1993 and received a United States Tennis Association (USTA) Community Service Award in 1995.

"I haven't met too many people, who once they tried the game, didn't get addicted to it," Morgan said.

The state Hall of Fame was established in 1949. In 1981, Ed Turville became the first Pinellas County resident inducted for volunteer work. He was a former president of the USTA.

Morgan, a Dunedin resident, will attend the ceremony with her husband David and son Charley.