Class of 1982
Contributions to Tennis
Widely revered as “The Dean” of an estimable band of British tennis writers, Tingay’s daily tournament accounts for The Daily Telegraph were the next best thing to having a courtside seat at the matches. A keen analyst of the game, he shrewdly evaluated the shot-making skills and vulnerabilities of the players and subtle turning points in matches. He covered his first Wimbledon in 1932 and was with The Daily Telegraph from 1952-1981. He traveled the world with tennis, making him one of the true historians of the game. He authored several books and penned numerous articles for tennis publications and yearbooks. For decades, before the advent of official computer rankings, Tingay’s annual “World Rankings” of the game’s top ten players were eagerly awaited by the entire tennis world.
Tingay’s most notable books include, History of Lawn Tennis in Pictures, Royalty and Lawn Tennis, and One Hundred Years of Wimbledon.
In 1968, Tingay received the Allison Danzig Award for distinguished tennis writing and was an honorary member of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.