Russ Adams (tennis photographer)

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For the professional baseball player see Russ Adams.

Russ Adams (born July 30, 1930) is called by his peers the "dean" of modern tennis photography. In a Boston Globe profile (July 12, 2007) of Russ Adams regarding his July 2007 induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, Billie Jean King stated: "Russ is a national treasure." "He's our dean, our guru, our guardian. Believe me, the players look for him and love him," King added.

He has covered the sport for 50 years and created associated tennis photography rules. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in July 2007 along with players Pete Sampras, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, and Sven Davidson.

Adams has spent the last 50 years visually documenting the history of tennis at over 400 events. He is the face behind the camera and his work has illuminated the greatest moments and stories in the sport.

Adams has photographed Grand Slam Tournaments, the World Championship Tour (WCT), all major United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments, Fed Cup, Davis Cup, and tennis at the Olympic Games. Watch [1] five video vignettes about the Australian Open that show Russ and highlight his work, produced and aired by The Tennis Channel, that ran on TV during this year's tournament.

He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1955 for his photography in the world of sports.

In 1967 he became the official (volunteer) photographer of the U.S. National Championship at Forest Hills. At the birth of Open Tennis he developed and implemented the system for on-court photographers at the 1969 U.S. Open Championship in tandem with the tournament director Bill Talbot.

He has served as director/liaison of photographers for the U.S. Open, and was instrumental in developing the universal "Code of Conduct" in conjunction with the Professional Tennis Council to be used by photographers covering tennis events around the world.

He was a founding member of the International Tennis Federation Media Commission and served on the Board for 17 years.

Adams's collection of tennis images is considered the largest privately held source of images in the tennis world. "His portfolio of photos is probably the most comprehensive volume chronicling the game of tennis from its professional infancy," stated fellow International Tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier in a Northeast Tennis Magazine (Summer 2007) cover profile of Adams.


Year Award
1955 Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
1976 ATP (Association for Tennis Professionals) Special Award
1984 ATP Distinguished Service Award
1991 ATP Ron Bookman Media Execellence Award
1993 New York Press Photographers Appreciation Award
2001 ITF Award for Service to the Game
2002 USTA Media Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award
2007 Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame

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