Getting to Know…

Getting to Know…

Donald Dell

Donald Dell is a Potomac resident and founder of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic which is occuring at the William H. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park through Aug. 5. Visit

What community are you a member of, what brought you to it and how long have

you been here?

I Live in Potomac, Md. on Stoney Creek Road off River Road, and have been there since 1972 when we bought our home.


Wife Carole, and twin daughters, Alexandra and Kristina

Where did you get your education and in what areas?

Landon School, Bethesda; Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, Va.

How would you describe yourself?

Sports lawyer and entrepreneur

What do you consider to be your biggest achievements?

Winning the Davis Cup as Captain two successive years, and creating the ATP professional men's tennis tournament — the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Also, founded ProServ in 1970, a sports marketing and management company, which became a global company for nearly 30 years.


Playing tennis and golf, and reading.

Favorite local restaurant or place in the community?

Flapps on River Road in Potomac, because Bob and Grace Rood are great hosts and the food is terrific.

What would you change about your community if you could?

Immediately do something to widen or change the traffic congestion on River Road. It is a disaster during the school term.

Who is a historical figure you would like to meet?

Winston Churchill is my great hero

What community "hidden treasure" do you think more people should know about?

Walking or jogging along the beautiful C&O Canal

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"

A professional tennis player and a sports lawyer.

What are some of your personal goals?

To create and manage a business successfully and to help others who are in need.

Favorite movie or book?

Movies: "Casablanca" and "Dr. Zhivago."

Book: "Word of Honor" by Nelson DeMille

Describe how you would most enjoy spending a single day?

Working in the morning, exercising in the afternoon and reading at night.

If you could be anyone else, who would you be and why?

I would be interested in being appointed to an important job in Government service, such as the Peace Corps or the global food project, because I would like an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

Do you have a favorite quotation?

"Some people see things that are, and say why, I see things that never were, and say why not?" stated by Robert Kennedy.

How did you become involved with tennis?

I grew up across the street from the Edgemoor Club and my mother, who was a Club player, got me interested in tennis at 6 years of age.

Who is your favorite player? Why?

Jack Kramer and Rod Laver, both, because they were great players who made a real contribution to professional tennis.

How can people become involved in tennis in the area?

By joining the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, who have major tennis programs for juniors throughout the community.