Newport Tennis Hall of Fame Announces Inductee
CEO of New Haven Open elected to Hall of Fame
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – Mike Davies, the chief executive officer of
the New Haven Open tennis tournament, has been elected to the
International Tennis Hall of Fame.
A former top player in Great Britain, Davies has spent more than
40 years promoting tennis. He is a former executive director of
World Championship Tennis (WCT) and the Association of Tennis
Professionals (ATP) and also served as general manager of the
International Tennis Federation (ITF).
The 76-year-old Davies is credited with bringing about the first
major network television broadcast of a tennis tournament,
introducing colored clothing to a pro tour, and was the first to
put chairs on the court during changeovers.
Davies was elected as a contributor to the game. The rest of the
class of 2012 will be announced in the next month.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)