Butch Buchholz

Born:
September 16, 1940
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
United States
Citizenship:
United States
Induction Category:
Contributor
Year of Induction:
2005
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 5

An accomplished player who reached No. 5 in the world as an amateur in 1960, Buchholz turned professional in 1961 and was U.S. Pro champion the following season. He competed until early in the Open Era and then dedicated himself to other endeavors, becoming Executive Director of the ATP in 1981-82. But his largest contribution was as founder of the International Tennis Players Championships in Florida in 1985. That event, later the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, has established itself as one of the world’s premier tournaments.

Contributions

  • Executive Director of the ATP 1979-83
  • Commissioner of World Team Tennis 1977-78