David Schneider (tennis)

David Schneider (born 17 May 1955) is a former professional tennis player from South Africa.[1]

David Schneider
Country (sports)South Africa South Africa
Israel Israel
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida
Born (1955-05-17) 17 May 1955 (age 65)
South Africa
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Career record29–85
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 62 (31 December 1978)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1979)
French Open1R (1977, 1981)
Wimbledon2R (1978, 1979)
US Open1R (1975–1980)
Career record34–86
Career titles0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1979)
French Open1R (1977, 1981)
Wimbledon2R (1979)
US Open3R (1979)


Schneider, who is Jewish, won three gold medals at the 1973 Maccabiah Games, in the men's singles, doubles with Errol Kilov and the mixed doubles with Ilana Kloss.[2]

A serve and volley specialist, Schneider had his breakthrough performance at the South African Open in 1978. He reached the semi-finals, with wins over Jose Luis Clerc, John Feaver, Deon Joubert and Peter Fleming, He also reached the quarter finals in Gstaad beating Bob Hewitt which ensured he finished the season ranked in the top 100,reaching a career high 58 for the first time.[3] Earlier in the year, he won his first Grand Slam singles match, on his sixth attempt, beating Australian Dick Crealy at Wimbledon.[3] he also held match point against john McEnroe in the 2nd round in San Francisco after defeating top tenner Tom Gorman in the first round

In 1979 he had his best year on tour, making a quarter-finals in Atlanta, Johannesburg, and Toronto where he beat top tenner Vijay Amritraj and Tel Aviv.[3] The South African again made the second round in the Wimbledon Championships, with a victory over Bob Carmichael.[3] He lost five set opening round matches to strong opponents at the 1979 US Open and 1979 Australian Open, to Jan Kodeš and Geoff Masters respectively.[3] In the US Open after losing to Guillermo Vilas he and partner Charlie Pasarell made it to the third round of the men's doubles.

Schneider holds an Israeli passport and began playing for the Israel Davis Cup team in 1981. Over three years, he took part in six ties and played nine matches, of which he won four, a singles rubber over Slobodan Živojinović and three doubles matches, partnering Shlomo Glickstein.[4] He also had success with Glickstein on the 1981 Grand Prix season, with the pair finishing runner-up in Johannesburg and at the South Orange Open. While living in Israel, Schneider served in the Israeli military (he had also previously served in the South African military). He eventually settled in the United States, where he married an American, The former Jill Strelitz with whom he has three children, Jonathan, Daniella and Michael, and three grandchildren. He started a successful diamond wholesale business in Boca Raton Florida which he now runs with his son for over thirty years [5]

Grand Prix career finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (0–2)Edit

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 1981 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Shlomo Glickstein   Bernard Mitton
  Raymond Moore
5–7, 6–3, 1–6
Loss 0–2 Aug 1981 South Orange, United States Clay   Shlomo Glickstein   Fritz Buehning
  Andrew Pattison
1–6, 4–6

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ ITF Pro Circuit Profile
  2. ^ Palm Beach Post, "U.S. Athletes Hold Slim Lead Over Israel", 17 July 1973, p. 42
  3. ^ a b c d e "Players | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  4. ^ "Davis Cup - Players". www.daviscup.com.
  5. ^ World Tennis, Volume 32, Issues 7–12. CBS Publications. 1984.