The Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Mourns the Loss of Walter Driver

May 29, 2017

 

The Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame mourns the loss of Walter Driver (Class of 1988) who passed away on May 16, 2017.

Driver began playing tennis at age 14. He was the Canadian junior singles champion in 1940 and went on to play on the 1941 National Junior Davis Cup team. The team included Budge Patty, Vic Seixas and Jimmy Evert, Chris’s father. He was ranked No. 10 in the nation in junior singles. In early 1943 he and John Hickman of San Antonio won the National Intercollegiate Doubles title for the University of Texas. Over the years he held thirteen Southwest Sectional Championships, from boys 15 singles to four-time men's 35 singles.

 

In addition to the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into the USTA Southwest Section Hall of Fame and the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. He served as president of the El Paso Tennis Club, the president of the Southwest Tennis Association and was member of the USTA national board of directors.