Did you know that Tennis has an even more elite story than the finest opera or art exhibit? In fact, many consider it the entertainment of kings. In the first few centuries in which it was played, the ball was struck with the palm of the hand and was called, aptly, Jeu De Paume, or “Game Of The Palm.” It wasn’t until the 16th Century that rackets came into use. Henry VIII of England was a big fan of the game that was then referred to as “royal tennis.” Many original courts remain, including Oxford, Cambridge, Hampton Court and Falkland Palace in Fife, where Mary Queen of Scots regularly played. It wasn’t until centuries later, in 1926 when Charles Pyle introduced the Professional tour, which began attracting the best tennis players around the world that the sport gained worldwide attention.
We scoured The Magic City to bring you what we deem to be the next generation of business leaders at the tip of The Sunshine State. These young professionals represent a variety of industries and excel at their respective crafts with superior sophistication and their own unique blend of style and savvy. All have managed to seamlessly balance their careers with their personal lives while continuously giving back to the community that has helped mold them into who they are. Without further ado, flip this page to meet this year’s Top 20 Under 40.
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