When International Tennis Federation President David Haggerty was inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Aug. 28 in New York City, during the TIA’s annual Tennis Forum, the audience was treated to a short video showing some of the many tennis scene’s in Haggerty’s life and career. The video is available to view at TennisIndustry.org/HOF.
Haggerty, who was introduced to the Forum audience by longtime friend and colleague Kevin Kempin, became the 13th inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of the likes of Howard Head, Dennis Van der Meer, Alan Schwartz, Billie Jean King, Nick Bollettieri, Jim Baugh, Peter Burwash, Eve Kraft and Gene Scott.
Haggerty’s decades of experience in sport has brought him in contact with nearly all segments of the tennis industry—recreational play, college tennis, tennis teaching professional, retail, national and international governing bodies, and professional tennis. He used the platform at the Tennis Forum to urge the various organizations in tennis to work together to grow the game.
“Too often, tennis acts unilaterally, doing what each body thinks is best for them without thinking about what is best for the sport, the fans and the industries that support tennis,” he said, adding on behalf of the ITF: “You have our commitment to work together. While there are challenges, there are opportunities, too. We need to do everything we can to grow this sport. You all are here to give something back to this sport we love.”
In 2010, Haggerty retired from business to devote himself full time to tennis as a volunteer, serving as vice president on the USTA Board of Directors before becoming USTA chairman and president in 2013. The two-year position allowed him to develop relationships with the pro tours, Grand Slams and players. In September 2015, he was elected president of the ITF.
“Dave continues to build on a successful leadership career in tennis, and continues to bring positive change to this sport,” says TIA President Jeff Williams. “We are thrilled to induct Dave into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame this year.”
The Tennis Industry Hall of Fame was created in 2008 to recognize those individuals—inventors, founders, innovators and contributors—who have made a significant impact on the sport of tennis.
Plaques of Tennis Industry Hall of Fame inductees are on permanent display at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.