Karl Hale: “Breaking News – Doug Back on Tour

Written by: Karl Hale

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Our summer opening/prospective members day at 11:30am on June 1st Head Pro Karl Hale will be taking on Former ATP Player Doug Burke. Doug has played Sampras, Noah and Agassi amongst others. This is a great opportunity to come out and watch some great tennis.

Doug Burke Biography

  • Doug was a former top 150 ATP Tour Player.
  • Doug Burke was the Canadian Junior Champion in both the Under-18s and Under-21 categories.
  • The Jamaican born player competed in collegiate tennis for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the early 1980s and was an NCAA All-American on five occasions, for singles in 1981 and for both singles and doubles in 1982 and 1983. He and Ken Flach were the 1982 NCAA Division II doubles champions.
  • Burke began representing the Jamaican team in Davis Cup competition in 1987. He went on to appear in a total of 18 ties, before retiring in 1995. Of his 36 rubbers, Burke won 20, 11 in singles and nine in doubles. His partnership with fellow Canadian-Jamaican player Karl Hale, which resulted in eight wins, remains a national record.
  • In 1988, at New York’s OTB Open, Burke became the first Jamaican to reach a quarter-final on the Grand Prix tennis circuit. He had wins over Jim Gurfein and Martin Blackman, before falling in the quarterfinals to Pete Sampras. The following year he was also a quarter-finalist at the BP National Championships in Wellington, beating Peter Doohan and David Lewis.

Doug says, “I am really excited about playing Karl at the Donalda Club. We have a long history in Davis Cup and instead of playing together we’ll be challenging each other. Karl has also told me about the great culture and people at the Donalda Club, whom I look forward to meeting.”

Please register for the BBQ and exhibition at ddunphy@donaldaclub.ca

Karl Hale
Head Racquets Professional,
Donalda Club

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