David McLernon 1944-2022
It all started at noon on May 1, 1967 when David playing in his first tournament - the Canadian Centennial Invitational - met up with Willie Surtees and, although he lost a close match, a strong friendship and rivalry followed. He achieved a little revenge by overcoming the World Champion in the Canadian Amateur in 1971 and 1972 as well as the US Amateur final in 1985 and as Willie has stated - “He was Canada’s best ever Rackets player”.
Throughout a career of memorable matches David’s achievements included 19 Club Singles, 16 Club Doubles, 4 US Amateur Singles, 6 US Amateur Doubles, 1 US Open Singles and 1 US Open Doubles. These multiple victories along with successes in the Western Open, the Tuxedo Gold Racquets and the various Quadrathlons or Quintathlons including his victories on the tennis courts and the golf links are the marks of an outstanding athlete.
David was also a great ambassador for the Montreal Racket Club as its President and as an active participant in the rackets community. The inner drive he portrayed on the courts was extended to the gaming table or the dance floor and he was definitely the guiding light for an outstanding Rackets Tournament weekend.
He will be sorely missed for his friendship and his camaraderie by the partners who benefited from playing with him, by his opponents and by all who knew him.