Ben Testerman


Ben Testerman

Class of 2008

Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

  The Knoxville News Sentinel called Ben Testerman Knoxville, Tennessee’s most accomplished junior player ever. A graduate of the Webb School, Testerman earned 21 Gold Balls as a junior player. Earning a reputation as a world-class player, he advanced to the finals in the Junior Italian Open and the Junior French Open. Testerman also won the Kalamazoo singles once and twice in doubles. At the Junior Wimbledon, he advanced to the singles finals four times and ranked no. 1 in world. Turning pro at seventeen years of age in 1979, Testerman achieved a career high ATP ranking of no. 22 in singles (1984) and a career high of no. 33 in doubles (1985). He played in all four tennis Grand Slam events between 1981 and 1987 posting his highest achievement in the 1984 Australian Open. During his pro career, Testerman bested such tennis greats as Boris Becker, Pat Cash, Gene Mayer, Ivan Lendl, Kevin Copper, Tim Mayoth, and Jokim Nystron. In Grand Slam mixed doubles, he and partner Billie Jean King advanced to the quarterfinals at the 1979 Wimbledon and he and partner Steffi Graff advanced to the finals at the 1986 U.S. Open. One of Testerman’s favorite tennis moments came with taking home a bronze ball beside his daughter Misha in the Father-Daughter Nationals. Testerman is a tennis coach at the University of Tennessee since being added to the staff in 2013. He also served as a long-time board member and past President of the Knoxville Racquet Club where he coaches top junior players.