David Adams is a retired professional tennis player. He is from South Africa and in February 1994, he reached a doubles career-high ranking of No.9. He has 19 doubles tour titles. He has two Grand Slam titles for mixed doubles. One from the Australian Open and another from Roland Garros.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Adams was born on January 5, 1970, in Durban, South Africa. He stands 188 centimeters tall. He is a right-handed player. His last listed weight was 79 kilograms. He was coached by Lance-Lockhart Ross and throughout his professional career, he earned around $2.5 Million in prize money.

Height / weight 1.88 m /
Born 5 Jan 1970
Nationality South Africa South Africa

His father ran a chain of bookstores called Adams and Co. When he won the Australian Open in 1999, he received a telephone call from Nelson Mandela who invited him to lunch. He also received a Presidential Silver Medal from Thabo Mbeki in 1999.

Adams speaks six languages and he was a member of the South African Davis Cup team.

Professional Career

In 1992, he made it to the finals of the Roland Garros. He ended that season ranked as World No.12 for Men’s Doubles. In the same year, he also won his first career doubles title. A year later, he made it to the semi-finals of the US Open. In 1994, he peaked in the doubles ranking when he broke into the top 10 and was ranked No.9 in the world on February 21.

His next big Grand Slam outing was his Mixed Doubles win at the Australian Open in 1999, for which he received a congratulations call from Nelson Mandela. A year later, in 2000, he won the mixed doubles category at the French Open. In that same year, he made it to the Semi-Finals of the Men’s Doubles at the same event.

Between 1997 and 2003, he was a part of the South African Davis Cup team. He has a 4-2 record for doubles.

Career Highlights


  • Career Record: 9–21
  • Highest Ranking: No. 131 (24 October1994)

Notable Grand Slam Singles Performance

  • Australian Open - 1R (1996)


  • Career Record: 246–258
  • Career Titles: 19
  • Highest Ranking: No. 9 (21 February1994)

Notable Grand Slam Doubles Performances

  • Australian Open - 3R (1994, 1999, 2001, 2002)
  • French Open - F (1992)
  • Wimbledon - SF (2000)
  • US Open - SF (1993)

Notable Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Performances

  • Australian Open - W (1999)
  • French Open - W (2000)

Team Competitions

  • Davis Cup 4–2

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