John Albert Kramer. He was for many years, the leading promoter of the professional tennis tours and a relentless advocate for the establishment of open tennis between amateur and professional players. When the Association of Tennis Professionals was founded in 1972, he was the first executive director and in that role was the leader of an ATP boycott of Wimbledon in 1973!!
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In America in 1874 Mary Ewing Outerbridge, a young socialite, returned from Bermuda where she met Major Wingfield. She laid out a tennis court at the Staten Island Cricket Club in New Brighton Staten Island, New York. The exact location of the club was under what is now the Staten Island Ferry terminal. The first American National tournament in 1880 was played