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Chatham's Delaney Earns Induction into Platform Tennis Hall of Fame

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Chathan resident Barbara "Bobo" Delaney will be inducted into the American Platform Tennis Association Hall of Fame Credits: APTA
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PITTSBURGH, PA -  Chatham resident Barbara "Bobo" Delaney has been voted into the American Platform Tennis Association's (APTA) Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place Feb. 5 during the Short Hills Invitational, where Delaney made her name as a junior player.

Barbara “Bobo” Delaney of Chatham, New Jersey, has been voted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame by the APTA.

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Delaney has won 19 national titles in her distinguished four-decade career. She will join Chris Gambino and Mike Gillespie as this year’s honorees.

The daughter of APTA Hall of Famer Nancy Mangan, Delaney started collecting national championships as a teenager, winning the 18-and-under Junior Nationals in 1976 and 1978.

She then won the Women’s Nationals in 1989, followed by five Mixed Nationals titles between 2002 and 2011 – tying her with Hall of Famers Hilary Hilton Marold and Charlotte Lee for the most mixed titles of all time.

“Bobo is known in our sport as a master strategist and the ultimate role player,” Steve Baird, chairman of the APTA’s Hall of Fame committee, said. “She thrives on being the one setting up the play, thinking three shots ahead and hitting that lob just a little deeper or the shot just a little farther out of reach to ultimately force a weak shot from her opponent. Her opponents know she will battle them physically and mentally for every point.”

Delaney also has had outstanding success in senior play, capturing six titles in the 40s division and five more in the 50s division.

When she’s not competing, Delaney supports the game by spreading her knowledge, experience, and passion throughout New Jersey as a teaching professional. She is a Professional Platform Tennis Association (PPTA) certified pro and a former PPTA Tester.

“Bobo has had a career of excellence and longevity at the highest level,” Baird said. “She has achieved distinction in the play of paddle and is worthy of this great honor.”

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