Herman David

Herman David

Class of 1998


Career Achievements

Contributions to Tennis

  • All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Chairman, 1959-74
  • Wimbledon Management Committee Chairman
  • Brought "Open" tennis to the Championships at Wimbledon, allowing professionals to participate for the first time.

Davis Cup
Member of the 1932 British Davis Cup Team
Overall Record: 2-0
Singles Record: 2-0
David also served as British Davis Cup Team captain from 1953-1958.

Citizenship: GBR Born: June 24, 1905 in Birmingham, England Died: February 25, 1974

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 Hard Court Championships of Great Britain in April.  The French Open was the first of the major events to allow amateurs and professionals to compete together, and Wimbledon was next, thanks largely to the efforts of David.