Paul Hutchins was educated at Millfield School, in Street, Somerset, and started playing tennis at Bristol Lawn Tennis Club aged 11. During his playing career (1962-1970), he represented Great Britain in two Davis Cup ties (1-2 record) in 1968. He also reached the 1968 Roland Garros doubles quarter-finals (w. Gerald Battrick).
He was the British Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) Men’s National Team Manager and Davis Cup captain from 1975-1987, which made him Britian’s longest-serving Davis Cup captain. Hutchins was a great man-manager, diplomat and communicator as captain in 31 ties (17 wins), including the 1978 Davis Cup final against United States in Rancho Mirage, California.
In 1987, Hutchins set up his own management, marketing and sponsorship company, Tennis Concepts, working closely with the LTA and the All England Club in setting up the Performance Club Programme, a national club league and a junior scheme, Road To Wimbledon. He was director of Riverside Indoor Tennis Clubs (1987-1997) and also a television commentator (1987-2000), prior to returning to the LTA as Head of Men’s Tennis from 2007-2009.
He continued to work for the LTA at Roehampton, reviewing and enhancing the competitive structure and Tournament Director of the pre-Wimbledon grass-court tournament at Nottingham. In 2012, he was Tennis Team Leader for the Team Great Britain at the London Olympics.
In 2016, Paul Hutchins was appointed Member of the British Empire (M.B.E.) for services to tennis. Married to Shali, the couple had four tennis-playing children: Romy, Lauren, Blake and Ross, a former doubles specialist on the ATP tourn.
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