NEW ORLEANS -- Hamilton F. "Ham" Richardson, a former U.S.
Davis Cup player and Tulane University tennis star, died Sunday
night. He was 73.
Richardson died of complications from diabetes at New
York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, Tulane announced.
After winning the National Boys Championship at age 15,
Richardson captured a pair of NCAA singles titles and four
Southeastern Conference singles and doubles titles from 1952
through 1955 while playing for Tulane.
He also won the 1958 U.S. National -- now the U.S. Open -- doubles
title with Alex Olmedo. He was ranked among America's top 10
players for 11 years and was a member of seven U.S. Davis Cup
After working for several years as a legislative assistant for
U.S. Sen. Russell Long, D-La., Richardson had a lengthy career in
the brokerage and investment banking businesses.