Robert J. Kelleher, who helped lead tennis into the modern open era while serving as president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Assn. and who later became a U.S. District Court judge based in Los Angeles, has died. He was 99.
Kelleher, who was also captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1962 and 1963, died Wednesday at his Los Angeles home after a long illness, said his lifelong friend, former Mayor Richard Riordan.
Before 1968, only players classified as amateurs were allowed to enter the major international tennis tournaments. Professionals were not welcome at the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and what is now called the U.S. Open.
But assumptions weren't...