Both on and off the court, 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Cliff Drysdale is one of the most popular personalities in the international tennis community. Cliff's philosophy of tennis development is at the core of our academy method and mission.
"Developing players is not a simple process, as every player presents their own set of unique strengths and weaknesses. We work with every player to maximize their potential for the long term, allowing them to play the type of game that will serve them well for their entire career.
Some players may be successful enough to play professional tennis, others may elect to play collegiately in the U.S. like I once did. Regardless of your goals, we make sure ever player has a pathway to success."
Drysdale has devoted over four decades of his life to promoting the advancement of the tennis culture. His contributions to the game span across an award-winning career as a professional player, leadership roles in advancing Open Tennis, the founding and presidency of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), a 30 year+ tenure as a television tennis analyst, and the ownership of his tennis management company, Cliff Drysdale Tennis.
Drysdale was also a member of the esteemed “Handsome Eight” signed by Lamar Hunt in 1967, and his presence on the WCT circuit in the seventies was vital to the evolution of the game.Drysdale played 45 Davis Cup matches for his former homeland, South Africa, over a six-year period (he went on to become an American citizen). In 1972, Drysdale teamed with Roger Taylor to win the U.S. Open doubles crown. They defeated the formidable team of Legends Owen Davidson and John Newcombe in three sets. Drysdale was ranked, several times, in the world’s top ten in singles, and he earned his way to being number on in the world on the senior tour in 1989.
The highlight of Drysdale’s singles career was a finals showing in the 1965 U.S. Championships. Throughout his celebrated career, he netted 35 singles and 24 doubles titles.