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Remembering David Borelli: Celebrating the Life and Contributions of a True Tennis Visionary

It is with great sadness that the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) shares the news of the passing of 2010 ITA Intercollegiate Tennis Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee, David Borelli. He will be remembered by many for the large impact he made within college tennis and with the student-athletes he coached.



“Coach Borelli was a larger-than-life tennis icon,” said ITA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Timothy Russell. “He loved coaching, teaching, and sharing his love of our sport. I thoroughly enjoyed the times that I was able to visit with Coach Borelli, as did so many other of his friends and fans.”


From 1974-1988, Borelli was the head coach of the USC Women’s Tennis team. While at the helm of the program, Borelli won seven NCAA National Championships and compiled an impressive .870 winning percentage with the Women of Troy. In 1981, he was named NCAA National Collegiate Coach of the Year.


During his time at USC, Borelli led his players to five NCAA Singles National Championships and one NCAA Doubles National Championship, with 25 of his players earning a total of 56 All-America honors.


After his time at USC, Borelli continued his work mentoring players, including coaching future top professional Mardy Fish, as a USTA professional tour coach.

In 2002, Borelli became the head women’s coach at TCU, and earned ITA Regional Coach of the Year honors in the 2005 season. He spent 12 years with the TCU, coaching both the women’s and men’s teams during his time in Fort Worth.


Borelli served as the chair of the National Collegiate Tennis Coaches Committee, the Western Collegiate Athletic Association, the Pac-10 Coaches Committee, and was on the board of directors of the Central California Tennis Association. He also spent time serving on the ITA and NCAA Southwest Regional committees.

Borelli left an undeniable legacy on college tennis and will be remembered as a dedicated coach, mentor, and driving force behind the success of countless student-athletes.

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