Tim Donovan '89
Tim Donovan '89
Position: Brown Tennis: Alumni Profile
Tim Donovan '89, a member of the Brown University Hall of Fame, is unquestionably one of the best men's tennis players in Brown history.

Donovan joined the Bears as a top 50 USTA ranked player, and played at the top of line up his entire career. He went to the NCAA tournament three times in singles and once in doubles. He won the regional championship in singles and in 1988 and represented Brown at the National Indoors. Tim was also ranked nationally all four years, and was as high as 6th his junior year. In 1988, Tim won a round of singles at the NCAA tournament and lost in the first round of doubles with Mircea Morariu to a seeded team from Stanford.

He was the Ivy League and ECAC Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons at Brown, as well as winning the Sportsmanship Award.

In Ivy League play, Donovan holds a career record of 30-6 and went undefeated his junior year. Tim's record was 33-4 overall his junior year, a Brown record that still stands today. He led the Bears to top 3 finishes his entire career, and the best finishes in the history of the program.

Donovan is one of the most successful tennis players in Brown Tennis history both while at Brown and for several years on the pro tour after Brown. He achieved many highlights and traveled extensively as a professional tennis player from 1988-1993. Tim won two Satellite tournaments, one in Morocco in 1990 and one in the Dominican Republic in 1992.

Tim also played in two tour events over his professional career, and played the qualifying events for the all the grand slams excluding Wimbledon. In 1989, Donovan reached the quarterfinals of the Swiss Army Knife Open, his first tour event. Along the way, he defeated world ranked players Sammy Giamalva (#125) 7-5,6-2; and Paul Annacone (#40) 6-4,6-2; before losing to Jason Stoltenberg (#60) 6-2,6-2. Stoltenberg had defeated that year's French Open Champion, Michael Chang, the round before he defeated Tim. Donovan also qualified for and won a round at Stratton Mountain. He defeated Neil Broad (#95) 7-6,6-4, before losing to Derrick Rostagno (#50) 7-5,7-6 having set points in both sets. That same year Derrick defeated Boris Becker at the U.S. Open.

Donovan had many other significant victories over his pro career including wins over Mark Rusedski, Vincent Spadea, and Leif Shiras in 1991. He also had some notable losses to Yevgeny Kafelinkov 6-7,6-4,6-2 and Thomas Envquist 7-6,6-0. Tim's highest world ranking was 330 and he ended his pro career in 1993.

Tim graduated form Brown in 1989 with a degree in Political Science and resides in Brookline, Massachusetts. He presently runs Donovan Tennis Strategies and teaches many of New England's top junior players.