Walter Driver

Induction Year: 1988

 

Walter Driver (1923-2017) began playing tennis at 14 and was soon ranked 16th in the nation. 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.

 

Driver played college tennis at the University of Texas and won the NCAA doubles in 1943 with John Hickman of San Antonio.

 

Over the years he held thirteen Southwest Sectional Championships, from Boys 15 Singles to four-time Men's 35 Singles. He was the president of the El Paso Tennis Club, president of the Southwest Tennis Association and a member of the USTA National Board of Directors.