General Julius David
Heldman
Male
United States of America
1919-05-09
Los Angeles, United States of America
1906-11-22
Albuquerque, United States of America


About

He attended Hollywood High School in Los Angeles and entered UCLA at age 15, became the National Junior Tennis Champion in 1936 and was the Tennis Team Captain at UCLA. He received a Doctorate from Stanford University in physical chemistry and became a Shell Oil executive and worked on the Manhattan Project. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and died in Albuquerque, New Mexico at age 87. He was taught tennis by legendary tennis teacher, Dick Skeen.

Heldman was a Hollywood High School student when he captured the United States Junior (18 & under) Outdoor Singles and Doubles Championships. He was a child prodigy and entered UCLA at the age of 15 (1934), won the National Juniors in 1936, and was the Pacific Coast’s Intercollegiate Singles Champion in 1937. He was the captain of the UCLA tennis team until 1939 when he graduated and left to obtain his Doctorate in physical chemistry from Stanford. He was a National Research Fellow from 1942-1943. During World War II, he was asked to be part of the Manhattan Project and he relocated the family to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After the war, Heldman joined Shell Oil in Houston and New York where he worked as an Executive from 1945-1980[2] until retiring to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

While working for Shell Oil, he continued to play tennis. Heldman was ranked #1 in Men’s Singles by the Southern California Tennis Association in 1947. He won the U.S. Senior (45-over) Indoor titles in both 1964 and 1965, and was also the 1964 Outdoor Clay Court Champion. During the late 1960s, he got to the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Senior Doubles three different times. In his tennis career he had wins over Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, and Herbie Flam.

In 1997 he was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Heldman was married to Gladys Heldman, the founder of World Tennis magazine, and was the father of Carrie and Julie Heldman.



Media


Archive statistics 1936 - 1966
4
117
60


Tournament wins 1937 - West Side Spring Inivtation Tournament (Amateur)
1937 - Middle States Championships (Amateur)
1937 - Los Angeles Clay Courts (Amateur)
1936 - Illinois State Championship (Open)


Tournaments Nassau Bowl - 1966 Conde de Godo - 1966 Nassau Bowl - 1965 Westchester - 1965 US International Indoor Championships - 1961 Northern Jamaica - 1960 US International Indoor Championships - 1959 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1958 US International Indoor Championships - 1958 Nassau Bowl - 1957 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1957 US Clay Courts - 1956 US International Indoor Championships - 1956 Casino Heights - 1956 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1955 Wimbledon - 1954 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1954 US International Indoor Championships - 1953 US Open - 1951 River Oaks Tournament - 1950 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1949 Southern California Championship - 1948 US Open - 1947 Canadian International Championships - 1947 California State Championship - 1947 Pacific Coast Championship - 1947 California State Championship - 1946 Pacific Coast Championship - 1946 California State Championship - 1945 Pacific Coast Championship - 1945 Pacific Coast Championship - 1943 Del Monte Championship - 1942 Pacific Coast Championship - 1941 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1940 Beverly Hills - 1940 US Open - 1939 National Public Parks Tournament - 1939 Newport Casino Tournament - 1939 Southern California Championship - 1939 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1939 Beverly Hills - 1939 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1938 Southern California Championship - 1938 US Clay Courts - 1938 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1938 West Side Spring Inivtation Tournament - 1938 New York State Championships - 1938 US Open - 1937 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1937 Middle States Championships - 1937 Seabright Invitational - 1937 Southern California Championship - 1937 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1937 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1937 West Side Spring Inivtation Tournament - 1937 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1937 Los Angeles Clay Courts - 1937 Illinois State Championship - 1936 Kentucky State Tournament - 1936 Southern California Championship - 1936 Western States Championships - 1936

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.