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Mr. Earl Butch Buchholz Jr.

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Board Member

Phone: (401) ***-****  HQ Phone
International Tennis Hall of Fame
194 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
United States

Company Description: The International Tennis Hall of Fame was established in 1954 and is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and...   more
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Board of Directors | International Tennis Hall of Fame
www.tennisfame.com, 12 July 2014 [cached]
Earl H. Buchholz, Jr.
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Earl H. Buchholz, Jr.
Duno, along with International ...
www.venturinimotorsports.com, 18 Oct 2013 [cached]
Duno, along with International Tennis Hall of Fame member Butch Buchholz and former Miami Dolphins Player Judge Ed Newman, headlined the list of panelists who shared their life experiences with the students through the prism of the 'Champions of Character' core values.
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Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005, Buchholz reached No. 5 in the world as an amateur in 1960 and was U.S. Pro Champion in 1961. Following his playing career, he became Executive Director of the ATP and the Commissioner of World Team Tennis. He later founded the International Tennis Players Championships in South Florida in 1985. That event, today known as the Sony Open, has established itself as one of the world's premier tournaments.
Tennis - Sony Ericsson Open - Management & Staff
www.sonyericssonopen.com, 12 Jan 2011 [cached]
Earl "Butch" Buchholz, Jr.
Whether in a boardroom or on a tennis court, Butch Buchholz (pronounced Buckholtz) has always been active in a sport he knows well. Chairman of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Fla., Buchholz has dedicated much of his life's work to that tournament - a unique tennis championship for both men and women.
First conceptualized by Buchholz while a touring pro over 30 years ago, the first Sony Ericsson Open was played in 1985 and since then the tournament has grown into the fifth largest tennis tournament in the world. Today, with $9.0 million in prize money and all the top players competing, the Sony Ericsson Open is surpassed in size and stature only by the four Grand Slams. As a 12-day event, the tournament drew 293,228 fans in 2009 - the second highest attendance - and features a permanent stadium, hailed as being among the best in the world.
Active in tennis since his youth, Buchholz played his first tournament at age six and won his initial title a year later. He became the first player to win junior titles at the Australian Open (1959) and French pen (1958), Wimbledon (1958) and the U.S. Junior Championships (1958). Ranked fifth in the world in 1960, Buchholz entered the professional ranks with Jack Kramer's worldwide circuit.
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A founding member of the first men's players association in 1963, Buchholz has served tennis in many capacities. He directed tournaments in his hometown of St. Louis from 1964- 1968, directed WCT events from 1969-78, directed a Virginia Slims event in 1972, was Commissioner of World Team Tennis from 1977-78, served as Executive Director of the ATP and was a member of the men's pro council - the governing body of men's pro tennis - from 1981- 83.
Butch expanded his realm in the tennis world in 1997 by acquiring the Pilot Pen International Championships at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn., a combined ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event held annually in August.
Butch added another element to the mix in 1998 when he agreed to take over the management of the prestigious 50-year-old Orange Bowl International Tennis Tournament. He secured title and presenting sponsors and rescued a junior tennis tradition from extinction. In 2000, Buchholz created an ATP International Series event played in Buenos Aires in February.
In 1992, Buchholz and the late Arthur Ashe, then tennis director at Miami's Doral Hotel, were reminiscing about how tennis programs in their hometown parks had shaped their lives. They were inspired to form the "Good Life Mentoring Program" in partnership with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, providing valuable life skills for elementary and middle school students. Moore Park Tennis Center in Miami became one of the venues where hundreds of youngsters would benefit from this program.
When Buchholz saw that Moore Park's 50-year-old Tennis Center needed extensive renovation and reconstruction, he was determined to play a role in its redevelopment. He had previously been successful in forging a public-private partnership to develop the Tennis Center at Crandon Park and knew that it could work for Moore Park. Following discussions with Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Buchholz moved forward, and on March 24, 2001, the Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center at Moore Park was dedicated.
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Buchholz remains Chairman of First Serve Inc., a concept that began in conjunction with the USTA in 2001 as a way to give back to tennis by using the sport as a positive influence on our nation's youth. First Serve is a youth empowerment organization that utilizes tennis to help kids develop the skills, values, and experience they need to be responsible, productive and successful in life. The program utilizes public tennis facilities as a venue for teaching a broad range of age appropriate life skills.
Buchholz, a product of public parks in St. Louis (his father was a public park tennis instructor), has stepped up his personal involvement with the First Serve effort.
TennisRoundup.com Tournament Information
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by Butch Buchholz in 1985, is owned by IMG.
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Butch Buchholz in 1985, is owned by IMG.
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Adam Barrett Named Tournament Director: Founder and Chairman Butch Buchholz promoted Executive Vice President Adam Barrett to Tournament Director.
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The dream of an international tennis tournament in Miami began three decades ago, when top tennis players such as Jack Kramer, Frank Sedgman, Pancho Gonzalez, Pancho Segura and Butch Buchholz toured the country in a station wagon, playing tennis in darkened arenas and fairgrounds.
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Buchholz - an original member of the "Handsome Eight" (the first recognized pros of Lamar Hunt's World Championship Tennis Circuit introduced in 1968) - competed until he was forced to retire from tennis in 1970 with chronic tennis elbow.
In 1980, when Buchholz was executive director of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) - the player's union - he met a vice president of the Thomas J. Lipton Company who liked his idea of creating a two-week players tournament. A sponsorship agreement would eventually be reached for $1.5 million a year for five years and Lipton would own the title.
The "Winter Wimbledon," as it was first dubbed, would be the first major tournament of the year (the Australian Open was then held in December). It was decided that the first tournament would be held at Laver's International Tennis Resort in Delray Beach, 50 miles north of Miami. The following year, the tournament relocated to Boca Raton followed by a move to its permanent home in Miami in 1987. Buchholz approached the ATP and Women's Tennis Association and offered prize money, a percentage of the ticket sales and worldwide television rights. In return he wanted the rights to run the tournament for 15 years. The associations agreed.
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Buchholz brought in Alan Mills, tournament referee at Wimbledon, as head referee, and Ted Tinling, a well-known tennis fashion designer since the 1920s, as director of protocol.
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Butch Buchholz announces at The French Open in May 1983 that plans are underway for a major two-week event for men and women players - the first ever event to feature both men and women in its inaugural year.
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In 1998, Butch Buchholz announced that Ericsson Mobile Phones acquired the title sponsorship of the tournament beginning in 2000.
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In June 1999, Butch Buchholz announces his family will sell the tournament to IMG to ensure its place in history. Included in the announcement is a statement from Buchholz and IMG that there would be no discernable difference in the way the tournament is run.
They seem to have taken the ...
www.newsweek.com [cached]
They seem to have taken the plunge with huge stars, paying them huge money without any concrete evidence it will work.â€

Butch Buchholz, a former CEO of the Association of Tennis Professionals, is also cautious. Buchholz built the world’s fifth largest tournament out of a rubbish dump on Key Biscayne in Miami, an event today known as the Sony Open.

“Attempts to create entities outside the mainstream of the game, historically, have not lasted,†Buchholz says. “World TeamTennis collapsed after a few years of success before Billie Jean revived it. Even Lamar Hunt’s World Championship Tennis, which was fully backed financially and superbly presented, went under after being buffeted by the game’s politics in the 1980s. The stars have really got to show up and perform to prevent people thinking this league is not just a series of year-end exhibitions.â€

One Asian-based sports consultant with a long history of involvement in the region did not want to go on the record with his scepticism: “Twenty20 cricket only worked because each team had local players who drew the crowds,†he says. “Tendulkar had to show up for Mumbai to succeed.

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