Joseph F. Cullman, 3rd

April 09, 1912
April 30, 2004
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
United States
United States
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Joseph Fredrick Cullman III was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990 for many significant reasons. He was Chairman of the US Open in 1969–70 and played a crucial role in getting the first US Open televised in1968. In 1970, he joined forces with Gladys Heldman to create the Virginia Slims Circuit, enabling the female players to compete on a tour of their own for the first time by providing critical financial support. On top of all that, Cullman become President and later Chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


  • International Tennis Hall of Fame President 1982-88
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame Executive Committee Chair 1988-2004
  • Chairman of the US Open 1969-70
  • President, Chairman and CEO of Philip Morris 1957-79
  • Instrumental in starting the original Virginia Slims Tour