Herman David

June 26, 1905
February 25, 1974
Place of Birth:
Birmingham, England
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A pioneer of “Open Tennis,” David was a determined advocate of that concept during his long tenure as chairman of the All England club. After holding the first professional tournament at Wimbledon in August 1967, he and his committee made a bold move by proclaiming that all sanctioned tennis tournaments in Great Britain would be open to all players, and there would be no need for a distinction between amateur and professional.  This December 1967 declaration was a crucial step on the way to the start of the Open Era in 1968, beginning with the British Hard Court Championships in April.  The French Open was the first of the Grand Slam events to allow amateurs and professionals to compete together, and Wimbledon was next, thanks largely to the concerned efforts of David.

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1932
  • Davis Cup Team Captain 1953-58


  • All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Chairman 1959-74
  • Wimbledon Management Committee Chairman
  • Brought "Open" tennis to Wimbledon