Induction Year: 1999
Russell Seymour was born in East London, South Africa in 1930. He attended school in Johannesburg and was active in all school sports, including cricket, soccer, rugby, swimming, track and tennis. At age 15, tennis became his primary focus.
Seymour was the South Africa Junior Champion in 1948, the South Africa Open Champion in 1955 and participated on the Davis Cup team from 1953-1955.
In 1956 Seymour became a professional coach. He worked with South Africa’s Davis Cup, Federation Cup and National Junior tennis teams. In 1975 he moved from Western Australia to Texas to become director of tennis at Lakeway World of Tennis. In 1976 Seymour began competing in USTA senior national championships. That year he won the ITF World 65 singles title. In total he won the ITF world doubles title 4 times with 4 different partners. He also won 79 Gold Balls (national titles) and 48 Silver Balls (national finalist). Seymour represented the USA in ITF World Cup competition, in the Dubler Cup, Austria Cup, Von Cramm Cup, Brittania Cup, Crawford Cup, Bitsy Grant Cup and Gardner Mulloy Cup. He also played on Stephens Cup and Gordon Trophy. Seymour won the European Senior 45 Singles Championship in 1977, 1978 and 1979. Since 1976 he has been ranked No. 1 in various age groups 13 times in singles and 11 times in doubles.