ST. PETERSBURG — In his day, Hernán Molina played with some of the biggest stars in tennis. Bill Tilden, Jack Kramer and Tony Trabert knew Mr. Molina as an up-and-coming player, a former national 18-and-under champion in his native Argentina and a member of the national championship University of California at Berkeley team.
“He could go out on the court with any of them, he was that good,” said John McQuillen, a longtime doubles partner of Mr. Molina’s. “He could have turned pro but decided to be an architect. Pros didn’t make much money then.”
Mr. Molina would make a name for himself designing condominiums in South America and the Pinellas gulf beaches. The meticulous, hand-drawn plans still clutter his study, rolled up and stuffed into boxes beneath two shelves of tennis trophies. The alcove-sized room lies at the end of a hallway, an afterthought in the home he designed several years ago.
Please read on learn about my friend and help keep his memory alive. RIP Hernan, you were a many things to many people, but to me you will always be a great friend.