Ted Tinling

June 23, 1910
May 23, 2000
Place of Birth:
Eastbourne, England
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Ted Tinling was singularly important and influential in the tennis world. Across the twentieth century, he was one of the masterminds of the community. In his youth, he umpired more than 100 matches for the incomparable Suzanne Lenglen. Over the decades, he was the premier dress designer in tennis for many of the great champions including Maria Bueno and Martina Navratilova. Most significantly, he became a revered Chief of Protocol for the International Tennis Federation and a Director of International Liaison for the women’s pro tour. His knowledge of all facets of the game was incomparable.


  • Innovator: Design/dressmaker for the female players
  • International Tennis Federation Chief of Protocol 1978-90
  • Fed Cup Chief of Protocol on Court Host 1978-90
  • International Liaison, Director of Virginia slims 1982-90