Born: May 28, 1967 (Wichita KS)
Graduated: Wichita Southeast H.S., 1985 / University of California Los Angeles, 1989
After travelling all over the world for tennis events, Buff Farrow won’t have to travel very far to be inducted to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame today. In fact, he’s staying home.
A Wichita native, Farrow travelled far and wide throughout his career. His collegiate career took him to the west coast, to the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, Farrow achieved two-time All-American status, in addition to two all-conference selections.
NCAA play wasn’t the first time Farrow earned accolades. While at Wichita Southeast, Farrow was ranked the number two junior tennis player in the country as a junior in high school, and the number eleven player in the country as a senior. Farrow has the hardware to back up those numbers, winning two state titles in high while at Wichita Southeast High School.
He continued a high level of play at the collegiate level, even after the 1,300-mile trip. In 1986, as a college freshman, Farrow snagged a United States Amateur Tennis Championship. Farrow also helped the Bruins capture the Pac-10 Conference title in the same year. Two years late in 1988, Farrow made it the NCAA semifinals in both singles and doubles.
Farrow’s rise to the top didn’t end at UCLA. He was selected to the United States Davis Cup team for five years from 1988-1993. Those appearances include a second-place team USA finish in 1991.
As a professional, Farrow climbed into the top 250 in the world, and had a career record of 55-37 in Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour events in singles play, and a career doubles record of 49-23 in those events.
In ITF Pro Circuit Main Draw events, Farrow holds a career record of 40-19 in singles and a 41-13 record in doubles. At the 1988 US Open, Farrow reached the round of 32 in doubles competition.
Farrow was also a member of the Wichita Advantage, a team which won a of the World Team Tennis national title in 1993 against the Newport Beach Dukes.
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame isn’t Farrow’s first induction. In 2012, Farrow was inducted to the Wichita Southeast High School Hall of Fame for his tennis achievements. In 2017, he was inducted to the United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley Hall of Fame.
The game of tennis took Buff Farrow across the world. Today, he’s honored for achievements back home as his state recognizes his lifelong commitment to the game of tennis as an inductee of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame isn’t Farrow’s first induction. In 2012, Farrow was inducted into the Wichita Southeast High School Hall of Fame for his tennis achievements. In 2017, he was inducted into the United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley Hall of Fame.
Farrow isn’t done being around the game, either. He still sits on several national USTA committees, and is involved in Wichita’s tennis community.
The game of tennis took Buff Farrow across the world. Today, he’s honored for achievements back home as his home state recognizes his lifelong commitment to game as an inductee of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.