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David Egdes

David Egdes

Senior Vice President, Tennis Industry Relations

Senior Vice President, Tennis Industry Relations

David Egdes is Tennis Channel’s senior vice president, tennis industry relations.  He is a longtime tennis executive with extensive experience with World TeamTennis (WTT) and the tennis practice at International Management Group (IMG).  On January 1, 2009, Egdes also began a three-year term as the International Player Board Representative on the ATP board of directors, the governing body of men’s professional tennis.

 

Based in Los Angeles, Egdes guides the network’s tennis industry relations department and acts as a conduit to tennis players, agents, tournament directors, associations, governing bodies, clubs, sponsors, manufacturers and retailers.  He was tournament director for the network’s Tennis Channel Open in 2007 and 2008, prior to the competition’s sale to the ATP.  In this role he oversaw all aspects of the annual February event in Las Vegas, a 10-day gathering that included men’s and women’s professional competitions; juniors events; fast-serve and fast-stringing contests; paddle tennis championships; and bar games such as table tennis, air hockey, billiards and foosball.

 

Before joining Tennis Channel, Egdes was vice president of World TeamTennis, the sport’s co-ed professional league.  Also in Los Angeles, in this role he negotiated and oversaw more than 50 player contracts per year, among them some of tennis’ most marquee names, including Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Maria Sharapova.  He also was involved with the league’s relationship with its 12 franchises throughout the United States.

 

Egdes served as a client manager for the tennis practice at IMG in Cleveland from 1997 to 2001.  On behalf of agency clients, his duties included endorsement contract negotiation, sponsor relations and career management functions, the latter of which involved managing exhibitions, tour schedules, tournament entries, travel plans, coaches and practice facilities.

 

From 1991 to 1997 Egdes worked as an associate attorney in the Los Angeles legal practices of Crowe & Day and Breidenbach, Swainston & Way.  He handled general civil litigation for both firms.

 

Egdes holds a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and a bachelor of arts degree in political science and history from Trinity University in San Antonio, where he played for the men’s tennis team and was an all-American in 1984.  He participated in the amateur and professional tennis circuit in the United States, Europe and South Africa from 1979 to 1984.