David Hall (tennis)
|Full name||David Robert Hall|
|Born||14 January 1970|
Sydney, New South Wales
|Int. Tennis HoF||2015 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1995)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1994)|
Born in Sydney, Australia, Hall was raised in the New South Wales coastal town of Budgewoi, attending Budgewoi Public School and Northlakes High School. On 11 October 1986, at the age of 16, Hall lost his legs after being hit by a car. After a long period of rehabilitation, Hall began working as a clerk at the local police station. It was around this time that Hall was looking through the local paper and saw a picture of a Terry Mason in a wheelchair playing tennis.
Hall had played tennis growing up and at the age of 13 and 14 had been Club Champion at his local tennis club under the coaching supervision of Guy Melmeth. Inspired, Hall began to play and entered his first wheelchair tennis competition, the 'Albury-Wodonga Classic', in 1988.
This led to him competing in his first Australian Open in February 1989. Playing in the C division, Hall won. The following year, Hall participated in his first international competition and turned professional in 1993. 1995 saw Hall relocate to the United States. The year culminated with Hall winning the US Open Singles title and being ranked number one in the world.
In his career, Hall won all of the major world titles and was ranked as the world number one player for six years. He won Paralympic gold, silver and bronze medals and 18 Super Series titles. He was a member of Australia's World Cup winning teams in 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2002. He was ranked World No 1 for eight of the years between 1995 and 2005. Between 1995 and 2005 he won the Australian Open Wheelchair tennis title nine times, the British Open seven times, the US Open eight times, and the Japan Open eight times. For most of his tennis career, Hall was coached by Rich Berman. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder from 1995 to 2000.
Hall played professionally for more than a decade before officially retiring from competition in 2006. He announced his retirement from the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour in June 2006. He won the NEC Singles Masters titles in 2002 and 2004.
Hall won eight Australian Opens in the men's singles wheelchair event. He first won the men's single wheelchair event at the Australian Open in 1996. That same year, he also won the men's doubles with his partner, Mick Connell. He won his first British Open in 1995.
Hall won seven British Opens in the men's singles wheelchair event.
He won the Japan Open eight times.
Hall won eight US Opens in the men's singles wheelchair event. Six of these wins were between 1995 and 2002. In 2005, Japan's Shingo Kunieda beat David Hall in the quarter finals of the US Open. Hall was the first non-American to win the U.S. Open Super Series title. He won five of these eight titles in a row between 2000 and 2004. His 2005 run was ended because France's Michael Jeremiasz won that year. Hall did well in 1999, only having been beaten by the American Steve Welch in the finals.
Hall represented Australia at the Paralympic Games four times; First in 1992 at Barcelona, Atlanta in 1996, where he won a silver medal in the doubles and a bronze medal in the singles, Sydney in 2000, where he won a gold medal in the singles and a silver medal in the doubles, and Athens in 2004, where he won a silver medal in the singles and a bronze medal in the doubles. He received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his 2000 gold medal.
He competed in more than seventy other tournaments.
In 2013, 6-time World Champion David Hall, together with his long-time coach Rich Berman, released a comprehensive video tutorial of all the basics of playing wheelchair tennis titled Let's Roll - Learning Wheelchair Tennis with the Pros.
Awards and non-tennis careerEdit
Hall was inducted into the New South Wales Hall of Champions in 2009.
In 2010 Hall was appointed an ambassador for wheelchair tennis by the International Tennis Federation to help promote the sport in Australia and worldwide. In 2011, Hall will sit on the selection panel for the Newcombe Medal Award for Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability.
Hall was a writer for Sports 'n Spokes Magazine. He also works for Tennis Australia in promoting and raising awareness of wheelchair tennis within Australia. As part of a Sydney Morning Herald report in 2009, Hall toured the city of Sydney to explore the city's wheelchair accessibility. Hall highlighted some of the frustrations of using public transport.
In July 2015, Hall was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame In April 2016, he was awarded the International Tennis Federation's Brad Parks Award for his significant contribution to wheelchair tennis on an international basis.
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