Dwight Davis

Born:
July 05, 1879
Died:
November 28, 1945
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
United States
Citizenship:
United States
Induction Category:
Player
Year of Induction:
1956
Highest Ranking
U.S. Singles Ranking: 2

In 1900, as a recent Harvard graduate, Davis donated and placed the International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy into competition. He sensed a chance to promote goodwill for tennis internationally through his deeds, and soon his concept became known as “The Davis Cup.” It has been cherished as the worldwide symbol of team competition in tennis ever since. The left-handed Davis appropriately contributed to the Americans winning the first Davis Cup in 1900. He was ranked second in the United States twice and took the National Intercollegiate Championships in 1899.

Grand Slam Record

US National Championship

  • Doubles Champion 1899-1901

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1900, 1902

Contributions

  • Created the Davis Cup Competition