David Sherwood

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David Sherwood
Full name David Sherwood
Country (sports) United Kingdom Great Britain
Residence Sheffield, England
Born (1980-05-06) 6 May 1980 (age 36)
Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro 1998
Retired 21 January 2008
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $126,338
Career record 1–3
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 214 (25 July 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 2R (2005)
US Open Q1 (2005)
Career record 2–10
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 174 (1 December 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Team competitions
Davis Cup World Group Play-Off (2005)
Last updated on: 6 March 2014.

David Sherwood is a tennis coach and former British tennis player. In his only live Davis Cup match, Sherwood played doubles with Andy Murray beating the Israeli World No 4 doubles team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram,[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Sherwood is the son of Sheila Sherwood who won a silver medal in the long jump at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and John Sherwood, who won a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles, and at the same Olympics.


In 1997 he won the Australian Open boys' doubles title with fellow Brit James Trotman. They defeated South African pairing Jaco van der Westhuizen and Wesley Whitehouse 7-6, 6-3 in the final.

Sherwood, won futures tournaments in Wrexham and Edinburgh, and also reached the semi-final in Mulhouse and the final in Plaisir, France. [2]

By 2003, Sherwood had acquired a reputation for a lackadaisical attitude, a party loving life style and negatively influencing younger players. While at a Jamaica Futures event in November 2003, Sherwood delivered an on-court barrage at his Lawn Tennis Association coach. Back in the UK, he missed a training session claiming he was ill, despite living five minutes away from the LTA's headquarters with an on-site doctor. Next day, the LTA's team manager Mark Petchey expelled him from the LTA.[3][4]

With the support of his parents, Sherwood put his tennis career back on track. By November 2004, Mark Petchey was funding his coaching throughout the winter.[3]

In March 2005 Sherwood played doubles with Andy Murray in their joint Davis Cup debuts for the Europe/Africa Zone Group I match against Israel. Surprisingly, Sherwood/Murray beat the World No 4 doubles team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram,[1][5] to help Great Britain win 3-2.

In September 2005, at the World Group Play-off against Switzerland, Sherwood was beaten in the first singles dead rubber, with Great Britain losing 5-0.

Since retiring from playing in 2008, Sherwood became a nationally recognised Lawn Tennis Association coach, coaching top performance players in the country.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Remembering the day Andy Murray's Davis Cup adventure began". Herald Scotland. 23 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bates calls up rookie to replace Henman". Telegraph. 21 February 2005. 
  3. ^ a b "Tennis: Prodigal son returns". Times. 27 February 2005. 
  4. ^ "Sherwood revival hits trouble". Telegraph. 23 June 2005. 
  5. ^ "GB pair take stunning doubles win". BBC Sport. 5 March 2005. 

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