July 29, 2013 By Billy E. Crawford
Marilyn Barnett was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
“ New Orlean’s Marilyn Barnett was a dominant figure of the local women’s tennis for more than four decades. Her illustrious career began in 1938, at the age of 15, when she was a member of the runner-up team at the Louisiana Women’s Doubles Championships. It concluded 42 years later, in 1980, with a runner-up finish in the March of Dimes Mixed Doubles Championship.
Throughout her career, Barnett won numerous singles and doubles championships locally and as far away as Europe. Among them were city singles titles in 1944 and in 1959, City mixed doubles crowns in 1947 and 1959, and a city doubles win in 1940.
Barnett also made major contributions to the city as one of the first female sports reporters. In addition to working for The New Orleans Item, she also developed and hosted her own radio show on WTIX.”