David Witt
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David Witt

David Witt
Country (sports)United States
ResidencePonte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States
Born (1973-06-02) June 2, 1973 (age 47)
High Point, North Carolina, United States
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1991
Prize moneyUS$309,193
Career record15-23
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 128 (November 8, 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1998)
French OpenQ3 (1994)
Wimbledon1R (1994)
US Open2R (1994)
Career record13-17
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 157 (August 22, 1994)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open1R (1994)
WimbledonQ3 (1993)
US Open3R (1993)
Last updated on: July 4, 2009.

David Witt (born High Point, North Carolina, June 2, 1973) is an American former professional tennis player best known as the former long-time coach of Venus Williams. He enjoyed a successful junior career, during which time he won the USTA Boys' 16s Clay, Hard and National Championships and was the top-ranked under-16 in the USTA in 1989.[1] He was also a semi-finalist at the US Open Junior Boys Singles event in 1991.[2]

His career on the main tour proved less fruitful, failing to break into the top 100 and winning no titles; the closest he came was in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, where he and Brian MacPhie were runners-up in the doubles in 1994. He did win two challenger-level events in his career, at Guadalajara, Mexico in 1992, and at the Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger at Binghamton, New York in 1997. He retired from professional tennis in 2005.

In 2002, while working as the resident pro at the Deerwood Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida, Witt was approached by the Williams sisters to act as a hitting partner during their participation at the Bausch & Lomb Championships at nearby Amelia Island. In 2007, they asked him to accompany them to Charleston, South Carolina for the Family Circle Cup.[3] Since then he has acted as a travelling hitting partner for both women,[4] most notably for elder sister Venus.[5][6] In December 2018, Venus ended the 11-year partnership.[7]

Doubles runners-up (1)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1994 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships,
Birmingham, Alabama
Clay United States Brian MacPhie United States Richey Reneberg
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
6-2, 3-6, 2-6


  1. ^ "David Witt - Profile". Association of Tennis Professionals.
  2. ^ "U.S. Open Junior Championships 1991". International Tennis Federation.
  3. ^ "Witt is a hit with Venus and Serena", The Florida Times-Union, July 13, 2007
  4. ^ Vach, Richard (2007), "Family man Witt joins Williams tennis clan", JAX Tennis Magazine (July)
  5. ^ Harwitt, Sandra (June 26, 2008), "No tune-ups, no problem for the Williamses at Wimbledon", ESPN.com
  6. ^ Clarey, Christopher (July 6, 2008), "Venus rises in sister act", The New York Times
  7. ^ "REPORT: VENUS WILLIAMS PARTS WAYS WITH LONGTIME COACH DAVID WITT". Tennis. December 10, 2018. Retrieved 2020.

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