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The USTA Southern Section Recognizes the Passing of Tennis Great Ham Richardson

November 13, 2006 05:29 PM

Southern Section native and former U.S. Davis Cup team member, Ham Richardson, died on November, 12, 2006 at age 73. Richardson was a leading American tennis player and a two time no. 1 player in the United States.

After being diagnosed with diabetes at age of 15, the Baton Rouge, LA native persevered to become a one of the best junior players in the United States in the early 1950’s. He won the 1950 French junior championship while spending every night in the hospital while doctors tried to stabilize his blood-sugar levels.

Despite his struggles with diabetes, he went on to play tennis at Tulane University where he was a two-time NCAA singles champion. After earning his economics degree at Tulane, Richardson was a Rhodes Scholar and decided to pursue a master’s degree from Oxford University.
He was the No. 1-ranked player in the United States in 1956 and 1958, won 17 national titles and played on seven Davis Cup teams with a record of 20-2. He teamed with Alex Olmedo to win the men's doubles at the United States Nationals, the forerunner of the United States Open, at Forest Hills in Queens in 1958.

After working for several years as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana, he went on to have a successful career in the brokerage and investment banking business. Most recently he served as president of Richardson and Associates, a New York investment and venture capital firm. His many honors include induction into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Collegiate Hall of Fame, the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Athletic Hall of Fame and the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame.

 

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