Donald Dell

Donald Dell ( born June 17, 1938 in Bethesda, Maryland ) is a former American professional tennis player, Davis Cup captain and players' agents.


Dell made ​​its first degree in 1960 in Yale, finished 1964 at the University of Virginia his studies in jurisprudence and worked in the years 1967 and 1968 at the law firm Hogan & Hartson. He is the vice president of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted in 2009. Dell also was one of the three founding members of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Tennis career

Donald Dell began his active tennis career at Yale University. In the years 1961 and 1963 he played for the U.S. Davis Cup team and was the 1968 and 1969 captain of the winning team. In 1961, he reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Tennis Championships (now the U.S. Open). His only finals in a major tournament in 1959 he was able to post the Cincinnati Masters.

Building a Business

Dell was one of the first professional sports agents. He represented, among others, tennis players such as Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl in 1975 to 1985. 1970 he founded, together with Frank Craig Hill in Washington, DC ProServ, the first sports management company. His clients dominated the ATP tour for many years. ProServ and then a young agent David Falk represented basketball players like Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and John Lucas. Donald Dell's company was taken over by his departure as chairman in 1997, in 1999 by the SFX Sports Group.