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David is a sports broadcaster specialising in tennis, badminton and rowing.

He finished his schooling at Dynevor School Swansea, and then attended Nottingham University.

He played many sports while at school, enjoying most success in tennis. He won the Welsh Junior Doubles title in 1968, and in 1969 captained his University tennis team.

After graduating with a Law Degree, David qualified as a solicitor in 1973, and began practising in Swansea that year.

From 1973 to 1984 David umpired at Wimbledon, taking charge of the Menís Doubles Final in 1983 and the Menís Singles Final, between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, in 1984. He umpired at numerous other tournaments and Davis Cup ties.

He began broadcasting on sport in 1979 after winning a competition organised by BBC Wales. He became a full-time broadcaster in 1984 when he joined BBC Radio Sport in London, and was appointed its tennis correspondent in 1990. Two years later he joined BBC Television. He has been a member of the BBC's Wimbledon commentary team since 1985. David is the only person who has umpired the Men's Singles Final at Wimbledon and subsequently commentated on such finals for both radio and television.

He has also commentated on tennis for BT Sport, Eurosport and a number of other networks. He has also commentated on badminton at a number of Olympic and Commonwealth Games and on the annual Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race.

In the 1979 General Election David came within 401 votes of being the Member of Parliament for Swansea West. During the 1983 General Election, he assisted in the Prime Ministerís Private Office.

David is a former Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Writersí Association and former member of the International Tennis Federation's Media Commission. He is a Buckinghamshire Ambassador and a former member of the Sports Council for Wales.

He lives in Wendover in Buckinghamshire with his wife Sue. He has one daughter, Caroline, two step children, Liz and Chris, and five grand children.

When not working, David enjoys exploring the extremities of golf courses, going to the theatre, and good food and wine.

In his lectures David covers the world of tennis, past, present and future and reveals the hazards of being a sports broadcaster.

1. A Life in Tennis.
David looks back at his own involvement in tennis from playing his first tournament at the age of ten to forty six years at Wimbledon.

2. The Greatest Tennis Players of all time.
David assesses the past and present generations of Champions and tells you about some of their off court activities.

3. You cannot be serious - umpiring the likes of Connors, McEnroe and Nastase.
David tells you what it is like to be in the hottest chair in tennis.

4. Wimbledon - the greatest Championships of them all?
A look behind the scenes in London SW19.

5, Depending on the time of a cruise David can deliver a talk on any of the other three Grand Slam tournaments namely the Australian, French and US Opens. The Australian takes place over the last two weeks of January, the French over the last week of May and the first of June and the US over the last week of August and the first week of September.

6. The State of British Tennis.
David considers why Britain produces so few Champions like Andy Murray and Virginia Wade.

7. The Chink in Chang's armour - a tale of sporting bloopers.
David recalls the "on air" howlers that he and many fellow broadcasters have made.
David has talked on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, Fred. Olsen's Balmoral, Black Watch, Boudicca and Braemar and P & O's Oriana.
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Boudicca D1809 Scottish Highlands, Islands & Ireland 9 Dover Monday, May 21, 2018
Boudicca D1725 Islands of the Indian Ocean 14 Port Louis Thursday, November 16, 2017
Queen Elizabeth Q613 Baltic Highlights 14 Southampton Tuesday, August 2, 2016