About

Bob Davis

IVIS creator, Bob Davis, has been actively involved in the business of tennis for nearly 35 years.

As a player, he competed in the Junior Nationals at Kalamazoo and the U.S. National Championships at Forest Hills in the early ‘60’s.  He is a two-time ATA National Champion in both singles and doubles, won a national mixed doubles title and has more than 50 singles and doubles titles to his credit.  Bob leased the largest tennis facility in New York State for 12 years and his family owned a sleepover tennis academy for juniors in the 1980’s.


Arthur Ashe & Bob Davis

Early in 1996, Bob concluded his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the Arthur Ashe Safe Passage Foundation, an organization established by Arthur Ashe, Nick Bollettieri and himself back in 1987.  In that capacity, he and his staff  taught the lifetime sport of tennis to 15,000 inner-city youngsters, helping nearly 300 of them into college.

Bob also conducted clinics for juniors at the U.S. Open for the years 1990-1997, the first three years with Arthur Ashe in attendance.  He published personalized children’s books, offered scholarships to talented youth to the Bollettieri Tennis Academy and managed the adult programs for IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL.


Bob Davis & Althea Gibson

Bob has been a private coach for more than 35 years and has coached two players into the top 50 in the world.

He has degrees in Electro/Chemical Engineering and in Business Administration.




THE GENESIS OF IVIS

During the mid – 1980’s, Davis Cup Captain Arthur Ashe, was hosting a meeting of tennis professionals at his New York City apartment.

While at this meeting, one of Bob’s students called.  He was playing in a tournament in Stockholm, Sweden and his backhand was giving him trouble.

Bob asked a few questions, recognized his problem and told him what to practice and asked that he call me back after his practice session.  After a couple of hours, his student called to say that his backhand was now functioning properly.

Arthur was amazed.  He wondered – if this could be done over the telephone and without seeing the student hit a ball, why this simple technique couldn’t be used to help more people.  IVIS is the long-awaited answer to that question.