Russ Adams

July 30, 1930
Place of Birth:
Worcester, Massachusetts
United States
United States
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Highly regarded as "The Dean" of tennis photography, Russ Adams has done yeoman’s work at all of the major championships, Davis and Fed Cup, the Olympic Games, and many other prestigious worldwide events. Through his images, Adams has illuminated some of the most memorable moments and greatest stories in the sport. His photographs have appeared on more than 250 magazine covers over the years. Adams has been universally admired by media colleagues, players and administrators all around the world for his talent and professionalism.


  • Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Photography 1955
  • Official photographer for the U.S. National Championships 1967
  • Director of photographers for the US Open
  • Developed the "Code of Conduct" for photographers covering professional tennis
  • Has generated over 1.6 million sporting images