Induction Year: 1993
Bob Briner (1935-1999) was a pioneering professional tennis administrator and later a television sports executive. Briner was a key figure in bringing television and sponsor dollars to tennis. From 1968 to 1971 Briner was an executive of the World Championship Tennis. With Jack Kramer and Donald Dell, he founded the Association of Tennis Professionals and as its executive director from 1975 to 1979 he supervised the Grand Prix tournament tour. He developed major tennis tournaments in Israel, Iran, Cuba, South Africa and the Soviet Union.