Jim Nelson, 107 Gold Balls!

Jim Nelson (Aug 11, 1935-March 21, 2022, age 86) was one of the most prolific senior tennis players ever. He won 107 gold balls, six “Gold Slams (winning the Indoor, Grass, Clay and Hard Courts in a calendar year) in doubles, three with Lenny Lindborg and three with Bob Duesler. He played on 22 Senior Davis Cup teams and won 11 ITF World championships. He was a prolific volunteer and served on many USTA National committees.

Jim was survived by his wife Barbara, sons Brian and Brad and three grandchildren.

Tennis took Jim all over the world, and he played on every continent except Antartica. He was inducted into the USTA SoCal Senior Tennis Hall of Fame.

Jim was always fun to be around and had a great sense of humor.

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One response to “Jim Nelson, 107 Gold Balls!

  1. So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing, Carolyn. He was my favorite MXD partner (esp when we beat you and Melanie Wheatley!). Graydon was not only a champion 🎾player, but always a rare gentleman on and off the court. We will miss him…..❤️Judy Louie & Pat Parsons

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