David Egdes is Tennis Channel’s senior vice president, tennis industry relations. He is a longtime tennis business executive and lawyer with extensive experience with World TeamTennis (WTT) and the tennis practice at International Management Group (IMG). Since 2009, Egdes has served as the International Player Board Representative on the ATP board of directors, the governing body of men’s professional tennis. ATP players have elected him to a three-year term to represent their interests on the board three consecutive times.
Based in Los Angeles, Egdes guides the network’s tennis industry relations department and acts as a conduit to tennis players, agents, tournament directors, associations, governing bodies, clubs, sponsors, manufacturers and retailers. He is also involved in sponsorship sales with the network’s endemic partners, and works closely with the network’s digital, marketing, production and programming departments on various TC initiatives, negotiations and programs. He was tournament director for the network’s Tennis Channel Open in 2007 and 2008, prior to the competition’s sale to the ATP. In this role he oversaw all aspects of the annual Las Vegas event.
Before joining Tennis Channel, Egdes was vice president of World TeamTennis, the sport’s co-ed professional league. Also in Los Angeles, in this role he negotiated and oversaw more than 50 player contracts per year, among them some of tennis’ most marquee names, including Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Maria Sharapova. He also was involved with the league’s relationship with its 12 franchises throughout the United States.
Egdes served as a client manager for the tennis practice at IMG in Cleveland from 1997 to 2001. On behalf of agency clients, his duties included endorsement contract negotiation, sponsor relations and career management functions, the latter of which involved managing exhibitions, tour schedules, tournament entries, travel plans, coaches and practice facilities.
From 1991 to 1997 Egdes worked as an associate attorney in the Los Angeles legal practices of Crowe & Day and Breidenbach, Swainston & Way. He handled general civil litigation for both firms.
Egdes holds a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and a bachelor of arts degree in political science and history from Trinity University in San Antonio, where he played for the men’s tennis team and was an All-American in 1984. He participated in the amateur and professional tennis circuit in the United States, Europe and South Africa from 1979 to 1984.