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Rod Humphries

Rod Humphries is an Australian-born author, sports journalist, and television writer, who has also organized a worldwide independent professional sports tour. Humphries covered sports internationally as a writer and columnist, and when he was not writing and traveling, he coached tennis professionally in Australia and the United States. He was director of public relations and tournaments, and later became chief operating officer of World Championship Tennis, which had twenty-two events in twelve countries, featuring John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl.

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Humphries wrote for Australia’s oldest and most prestigious newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald (est. 1831), and its sister Sunday paper, The Sun Herald. He was head writer of the award-winning This Is Your Life television show in Australia from 1975 through 1977, and in 1976 Australia’s ABC-TV made him the subject of a national documentary, “Action Replay,” which chronicled a day in his life as a sports journalist. In 1975, Humphries was nominated for the award of International Tennis Writer of the Year by the Association of Tennis Professionals. After traveling to the United States in 1977 to write a tennis book, he was offered a job by Lamar Hunt, Texas oilman and sports entrepreneur, to join World Championship Tennis, and settled in America. In 1980 and 1981, he wrote tennis specials about the WCT tour for ESPN, which were the first documentaries produced by the fledgling cable network.

He was also media director for the Lipton International Players Championship (now the Sony Open) in Delray Beach and Key Biscayne from 1986-88. Through the early 1990s, Humphries wrote regular columns and did radio reports back to Australia on American and international sports. His column “This is America” appeared in the Sun Herald and his “Stateside” column was published for over a decade in the national newspaper, The Australian. His columns also appeared in The Dominion newspaper in Wellington, New Zealand.



He authored the top-selling Lionel Rose: Australian (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1969) for his friend and beloved world champion Aboriginal fighter; Love and Faults (New York: Crown, 1979), a history of tennis, with renowned English personality and historian Ted Tinling; and The Doberman Pinscher (Hoboken, NJ: Howell Book House, Wiley Publishing, 1999), written after iconic breeder Joanna Walker asked him to author a book on the breed that had been his passion since the 1960s. Humphries, who has bred many champion show Dobermans in Australia and the United States, has also written extensively in both countries on dog shows, breeding and genetics. An article on in-breeding in the Doberman Ring in 2007 earned him a nomination for a national award by the Dog Writers Association of America.

Humphries married Lynne Blumentritt, an American sports reporter and television writer who is now a prominent lawyer. When she became president of Lamar Little League in Richmond, Texas, she pushed her husband into coaching, and he became a successful all-star coach. Lynne became International Little League Volunteer of the Year in 1995, which earned her a place in the Little League Hall of Fame in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Together they helped guide their son Justin from Little League to the pros.

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