Alex Wellford


Alexander Wellford Sr.

Class of 1993

Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, 1994

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, 1993

Memphis Amateur Sports (Tennis) Hall of Fame, 1970

Those who knew Alexander Wellford, Sr. remember him as an all-around sportsman who especially loved the game of tennis. Wellford grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of the South where he was the captain of the tennis team. Wellford also had the pleasure of competing at Wimbledon and in French championships against some of the world’s top players in 1953. He won the Memphis City Singles Championship at the age of 27 and again 15 years later at age 42. In 1958, Wellford took home a national title in the Clay Court Senior Doubles Championships with partner Slew Hester. He continued to win numerous local and regional titles until 1984. Off the court, Wellford remained active in the administration of tennis programs throughout his life. In 1952, he co-founded the Memphis Tennis Association and served as its first president. He also served as President of the Southern Tennis Association and served on the board of the USTA. Wellford played a leading role in the reorganization of the Memphis University School (boys college prep) in 1952. Dedicated to academic excellence and athletic achievement, the Memphis University School is home to the Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center. Alexander Wellford, Sr. died on September 29, 1993.