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Remembering Paul Hutchins

He was born in Bristol, educated at Millfield School, in Street, Somerset. He started playing tennis at Fishponds and Bristol Lawn Tennis Clubs at the age of 11. In Davis Cup, he represented Great Britain in two ties (1-2 record).
In 1968, he made the third round of the men’s singles at the French Open and the US Open, and the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles at the French, partnering Gerald Battrick. Hutchins largely stopped playing at the age of 25 due to injury, though he did play a few matches in 1972 & 1973.

Hutchins was a Davis Cup player and Captain for Great Britain from 1975 to 1987. He was the longest serving British Davis Cup captain, being in charge for 31 matches (17 wins) and 13 years, including the 1978 final against United States in Rancho Mirage, California and semi-final in 1981 losing to Argentina.

Besides coaching, he served as tournament director, as commentator and as talented administrator.
Misc After retiring from pro tennis in 1970, he joined a sports marketing company until 1975.

In 1987, Hutchins established his marketing and sponsorship company, named Tennis Concepts. Initiating and developing of the following programs are associated with his name: LTA Performance Club Accreditation Programme, Rover Junior Tennis Initiative, National club league and Junior Club League and with the All England Club Wimbledon originated with the Club the largest junior tournament in the UK namely The Road to Wimbledon involving over 7000 juniors annually.
He was appointed a director of Riverside Indoor Tennis Clubs (1987-1997), meanwhile he worked for BBC Wimbledon and many other tournaments and TV Channels television commentator (1987-2007).

He returned to the LTA in 2007 as Head of Men’s Tennis (2007-2009) for the second time.

He served as Team Leader Captain at the Commonwealth Games for the English Team in Delhi in 2010 and the same for the Olympic GB tennis team in 2012 in London.

In 2014, The Road to Wimbledon junior tournament expanded to include Asia where he worked as the Tournament Director and continued to oversee the expansion of the concept into India, China and other potential Asian countries in the future.

He kept working on a part time project basis for the LTA at Roehampton as Tournament Director of the pre Wimbledon ATP event as well as the relationship manager between the LTA and Nottingham City Council as ‘chair’ of the Steering Group of the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

In 2016, he was appointed the International Tennis Director of Aspria European Club network.

He served as a Trustee of the All England Club and received an MBE in the New Year 2017 Honours list for services to tennis. He has also previously received ITF and LTA awards for services to tennis.

He was married to Shali, the couple had four children with the most noteworthy being Ross, a former ATP Pro and British Davis Cup player and currently serves as the Chief Player Officer of the ATP.

Paul Hutchins suffered from Motor Neurone Disease (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.