Hamilton "Ham" RichardsonTennis, 1950-65
Tulane University/Amateur Tennis/US Tennis/Pro Tennis

Inducted: 1972

  • A Baton Rouge product who arrived at Tulane and became the greatest tennis player in school history. He then went onto tremendous international success.
  • A two-time NCAA singles champion during his time with the Green Wave.
  • After his Tulane days, was ranked No. 1 in the United States in 1956 and 1958, won 17 national titles and played on seven Davis Cup teams with a record of 20-2.
  • Teamed with Alex Olmedo to win the men's doubles at the United States Nationals, the forerunner of the United States Open, at Forest Hills in Queens in 1958.
  • Achieved his success despite battling diabetes from a young age.
  • After earning his bachelor's degree in economics at Tulane, he was a Rhodes scholar and earned his master's degree from Oxford University - the same year he reached No. 1 for the first time.