Bob Kelleher

March 05, 1913
June 20, 2012
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
United States
United States
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Beginning his distinguished career in tennis as a ball boy at Forest Hills, Kelleher would serve as assistant referee of the U.S. Championships and later usher in the advent of “Open Tennis” as USLTA President. As the principal USLTA delegate to the ILTF, Kelleher, along with Herman David and Derek Hardwick, was instrumental in making “Open Tennis” a reality in 1968. Thereafter, Kelleher participated extensively in USLTA and Southern California Tennis Association activities. He was captain of the triumphant 1963 U.S. Davis Cup team. In 1970, he became a U.S. District Court Judge.

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Captain 1962-63


  • USTA Second Vice President 1965
  • USTA First Vice President 1966
  • USTA President 1967-68
  • ILTF U.S. Delegate 1962-63, 1967-69
  • Member of Davis Cup Annual Meeting 1962-63, 1967-69
  • Member of "Open" Tennis Special Meeting 1968
  • Member of National Advisory Committee of the National Tennis Foundation and Hall of Fame
  • Honorary member of the Great Britain International Club
  • U.S. District Court Judge