General David Lester (Dave)
United States of America
Salt Lake City, United States of America
Salt Lake City, United States of America


David Lester Freed was born in Sandy, Utah on 25 August 1909, to Lester D. Freed and Jasmine Young.

Freed attended East High School where he won the 1926 Utah Tennis Championships, and later captained the University of Utah tennis team in 1930-31

On 6 Oct 1934, he married Blanche Everett in Salt Lake City, Utah. He and Blanche were the parents of three children. She preceded him in death the previous year.

Following a victory of the Utah State Singles Title in 1938, Freed went on to a successful seniors campaign. At age 45, Freed earned the top ranking at the U.S. Senior Singles. From 1960-61, he captained the U.S. Davis Cup Team.

Freed was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Utah Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994.

Freed saw more University of Utah games than any other living alum, and he was awarded the Fan of the Century Award. Freed won the Merit Honor Award in 1971, the Distinguished Alumnus in 1975 and was inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 1986.

He was the most active individual donor to the Eccles Tennis Center, and a tennis scholarship bears his and wife Blanche's name. He has created five tennis clubs in Salt Lake City, founded the Youth Tennis Foundation and developed the first Little League tennis program in the U.S.

Freed was also involved, through his family corporation, in the redevelopment and growth of the Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah, as well as an additional career as a financier. David was an avid coin collector and numismatic investor.

An inveterate worker, he never retired and continued going to the office until his death on September 1, 2001.


Archive statistics 1933 - 1955

Tournament wins 1938 - Utah State Championships (Amateur)

Tournaments Utah State Championships - 1955 National Public Parks Tournament - 1954 Utah State Championships - 1954 US Hard Courts - 1953 Utah State Championships - 1939 Colorado Championship - 1938 Utah State Championships - 1938 Utah State Championships - 1937 Intermountain Championships - 1937 Colorado Championship - 1936 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1933

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