Concord’s Dorcas Miller nets USTA New England Hall of Fame honor

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A fall from a horse led to Dorcas Miller’s rise in the sport of tennis. The 72-year-old Concord resident, ranked No. 1 in New England 15 times in her age bracket, is among four area inductees to the United States Tennis Association New England Hall of Fame. Ceremonies will be held June 8 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.

“I was in my 30s when (I fell) and after the surgery my doctor suggested either physical therapy or tennis to strengthen it,” she said. “I thought tennis would be more interesting.’’

The other inductees with area ties: Brookline’s Judith Alper Smith of Brookline, Jeff Bearup, co-founder of the New England Academy of Tennis in Natick and the late Lawrence Rice of Wellesley, who once played at Wimbledon.

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