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In 1967 he became the official (volunteer) photographer of the U.S.National Championship at Forest Hill the birth of Open Tennis. He developed and implemented the system for on-court photographers at the 1969 U.S. Open.Championship in tandem with the tournament director Bill Talbot.
He has served as director/liaison of photographers for the U.S. Open, and was instrumental in developing the universal "Code of Conduct" in conjunction with the Professional Tennis Council to be used by photographers covering tennis events around the world. He was a founding member of the International Tennis Federation Media Commission and served on the Board for 17 years.
In a career spanning over 50 years in tennis and over 400 events Russ Adams has amassed an expansive collection of images containing over 1.6 million images believed to be the largest privately held collection in the world.. His images have been seen on the covers of over 250 magazines world wide. He is the face behind the camera and his work has illuminated the greatest moments and stories in the sport.
Russ Adams was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007. The only photographer ever to be so honored. While not actively photographing today Russ Adams still provides imagery to a wide variety of clients from his vast collection.
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