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Richard Dell (born 1947) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Dick Dell
Full nameRichard Dell
Country (sports) United States
Washington D.C.
Career record39–106
Career titlesNo. 98 (December 14, 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1965)
Wimbledon1R (1974, 1975)
US Open2R (1967, 1968, 1974)
Career record82–110
Career titles2
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1970)
French Open3R (1969, 1976)
Wimbledon3R (1975)
US Open3R (1973, 1974)



Dell, who won a gold medal at the 1965 Summer Universiade in the men's doubles with Allen Fox, attended the University of Michigan from 1965 to 1969. A member of the varsity tennis team, Dell was the Big Ten Singles Champion in 1969. As he was beginning a law degree at the University of Virginia his number was called out in the Vietnam War draft.[1] Following basic training, Dell became a squash and tennis coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point.[1]

He created history in 1967 when he took part in the longest ever doubles match. Partnering Dick Leach at the Newport Casino Invitational, the pair defeated Tommy Mozur and Lenny Schloss, 3–6, 49–47, 22–20.[2]

On the Grand Prix tennis circuit he won two titles, both in the doubles with Sherwood Stewart. They won their first title together in Tokyo in 1972 then a second in Cincinnati in 1974. As a singles player he made the second round of the US Open on three occasions and came close to getting a win over Rod Laver in Hong Kong in 1973 when he was a set and a break up.[3] He had his most noted singles performances on tour in 1974, when he upset John Alexander at a WCT tournament in Washington DC and made the semi-finals in Chicago, after beating Raúl Ramírez in the quarter-finals. At the 1975 Wimbledon Championships, Dell and Stewart made it to the third round of the doubles, where they took former champions Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan to five sets.[1]

Dell retired from tennis in 1977 and took up a coaching job in Maui.[1] He returned to the University of Virginia in the 1980s and completed a Doctor of Law.[1]

For many year he was the agent of Gabriela Sabatini, while working for ProServ, a company founded by his elder brother Donald Dell.[4][5]

Grand Prix career finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (2–0)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1972 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Sherwood Stewart   Marcello Lara
  Jeff Simpson
6–3, 6–2
Winner 2. 1974 Cincinnati, U. S. Hard   Sherwood Stewart   Jim Delaney
  John Whitlinger
4–6, 7–6, 6–2


  1. ^ a b c d e Silverman, Joel (January 21, 1982). "Dell, Hagey switch courts". The Cavalier Daily. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Overnight Sports in Brief". Reading Eagle. August 19, 1967. p. 6. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Laver beats Dell". The Canberra Times. ACT: National Library of Australia. 1 November 1973. p. 34. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ Cart, Julie (August 6, 1995). "Miss Manners of Tennis". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  5. ^ Helyar, John (September 5, 1997). "ProServ Fell From Top SeedAnd No Love Is Lost for Dell". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 January 2016.

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