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
Singles
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)
Doubles
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.

Career[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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