Owen Davidson


Australia
"12 Grand Slam titles, One of 13 winners of a Calendar Year Grand Slam"

Owen is one of the most well rounded tennis professionals of his time.  He finished his junior career as the no. 2 junior in the World to John Newcombe.  Owen then went on and played on 5 winning Australian Davis Cup Teams from 1962-1967. Throughout his career he was coached by the greatest coach of all time, Mr. Harry Hopman. In 1967 he was named All England Club Professional at Wimbledon and Manager of British Competitive Tennis.  He held that job until leaving in 1971 to resume his professional tennis career.  

During his professional career Owen won 13 Grand Slams, 4 Wimbledon’s, 5 US Opens, 1 French Open and 3 Australian Opens.  He spent three years as Director of Tennis at the Houston Racquet Club and then eight years as Director of Tennis at the Woodlands Inn and Country Club, in Texas.  He was also the Director of the John Newcombe/Owen Davidson Competitive Edge Tennis Academy at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, TX, coaching thousands of juniors from all over the world and specifically Texans.  Owen spent many years on the Professional Tennis Tour coaching such players as his mixed doubles partner, Billie Jean King, Andrea Jaeger, Bill Scanlon, Sammy Giammalva, David Wheaton, Annabel Croft, Susan Mascarin, and numerous others.  

Owen played on and coached World Team Tennis Teams in Minnesota, Boston, Hawaii, and Houston.  In 1991 he also became Chief Operating Officer of Grand Slams Sports Marketing, marketing specialty tennis events to hundreds of major companies throughout the world. He continues to this day in that capacity.  From 1976 – 1986 he worked as Tour Director for the ATP in the Woodlands, Texas, initiating the advent of the Satellite Circuit. Currently he is working at the Woodlands Country Club, in the Woodlands, Texas, coaching members and juniors. In 2010 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and in January of 2011 was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame. Owen, with Leslie Bowrey and Billie Jean King, won the calendar Grand Slam in 1967. Most people consider his partnership with Billie Jean King as the greatest of all time!

Owen Davidson