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About Eddie Herr

Eddie HerrThe Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Tournament has served as a springboard to the professional tennis tour for such names as Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian, Anna Kournikova, Mardy Fish, Xavier Malisse, Marcelo Rios, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic -- to name just a few.

Founded in 1987 by Eddie's grandson (Glenn Feldman) to honor his grandfather for his life's passion and success of bringing the world's best junior tennis players together to compete, the tournament now attracts the top junior players from many nations around the world! From a humble beginning of 100 participants, over 2200 players representing 92 nations applied for the tournament in 2011, which is  held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Over 136 nations have competed in the "Eddie Herr" over the past 20 years, a testament to Eddie's passion and vision to bring together the youth of the world!

In 2000, we lost our friend...our namesake...and our inspiration when Eddie Herr, the father of international junior tennis, died at age 93. The charming, bespectacled man in the houndstooth jacket and straw hat left an impressive list of accomplishments, as well as a wealth of friends and admirers around the globe.

Herr was a tennis visionary who developed the international junior tournament circuit. His interest in tennis began in the 1940s, when his daughter Suzanne was an avid junior player.

In 1947, hoping to provide her with an opportunity to compete over the December school holidays, Herr conceived and organized the first Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.

In the years following, he developed a number of other international junior tournaments, including the Sunshine Cup in 1958, and the Continental Cup in 1976. (The Eddie Herr International Junior Championships was founded in 1987 by Herr's grandson, Glenn Feldman.)

Herr was a man of vision, determination, enthusiasm and generosity. Over the years, many a young, broke tournament entrant slept on his couch, and ate at his table. He was even known to provide some of his houseguests with spending money out of his own pocket.

Herr said, "I regard all the tennis players who competed in the Orange Bowl, the Sunshine Cup, the Continental Cup, and the Eddie Herr as part of my family."

The feeling was mutual. Eddie Herr will be missed for a long time to come. In May of 2000, the ITF nominated Herr for its prestigious ITF Award.