David Mercer

Male, Region categories : Commentator, Neutral English, RP

Sports Commentator, Smooth, Low Key, RP

Commentator / Journalist / Presenter / Radio / Speaker

BBC Sport

David played most sports while at school and university, enjoying most success in tennis. He won the Welsh Junior Doubles title in 1968 and in 1969 captained the Nottingham University tennis team.

In 1970 he graduated from Nottingham with a Degree in Law, qualified as a solicitor in 1973 and began practising in Swansea that year.

From 1973 to 1984 David umpired at Wimbledon, taking charge of the Men’s Doubles Final in 1983 and the Men’s Singles Final, between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, in 1984. He umpired at numerous other tournaments and Davis Cup ties.

He began broadcasting on sport in 1979 after winning a competition organised by BBC Wales. He became a full-time broadcaster in 1984 when he joined BBC Radio Sport in London, and was appointed its tennis correspondent in 1990. Two years later he joined the BBC Television commentary team.
David also commentates on tennis for Eurosport and a number of other television stations around the world. He is a director and part owner of Tennis Radio Network Limited. He also commentates on badminton, rowing and rugby union.

1992-present – Self-Employed broadcaster, writer and consultant.
BBC Television Sport and Eurosport commentary

• Wimbledon – men’s and women’s singles finals at.
• Summer Olympic Games – tennis and badminton.
• Commonwealth Games – badminton.
• Asian Games – badminton and rugby union.
• Expanded freelance broadcasting work to include Asia Television Limited, Channel 4, Channel 5, Dubai TV, ESPN International, IMG Media, ISL Productions Perform Group, Prime Network (USA), Qatar TV, Star Sports (Singapore), TWI and USA Network.
• Freelance journalist including pieces for The Guardian and The Observer.
• Radio reports and television commentaries on various tennis tournaments and established Tennis Radio Network Limited.
• Other sports commentated on include athletics, badminton, golf, judo, rowing, rugby union, table tennis, tennis and weightlifting.

1984-1992 BBC RADIO
1990-92 Tennis correspondent

One of five correspondents and main tennis commentator.
• Planned worldwide coverage of tennis by BBC Radio and staffing requirements.
• Winter Olympic Games – skiing and skating.
• Summer Olympic Games – tennis.
• Freelance broadcasting and journalistic work.

1986-90 Commentator, reporter, presenter

• Wimbledon – senior commentator.
• Rugby Union – commentator.
• Test Match Special – commentator.
• University Boat Race – commentator.
• News and Current Affairs Broadcasting, contributing to BBC Radio 4 programmes, the World at One and PM.
• American football, badminton, football, ice hockey, rowing, rugby union, skating, skiing, snooker, squash and tennis – commentator and reporter.

1984-86 Reporter
• Radio broadcaster.

1982-1984 THE LAW SOCIETY

Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary & Public Relations
Selected for legal qualifications, knowledge of parliament and broadcasting skills.
• Professionalised and expanded The Society’s parliamentary relations and contacts.
• Obtained approval for the appointment of Parliamentary Consultants.
• Advised The Council of The Society on policy.
• Took a leading role in The Society’s public and media relations work.
• Spokesman for The Society on radio and television.
• Planned and implemented The Society’s parliamentary campaigns, achieving substantial amendments to proposed legislation.

QUALIFICATIONS LL.B (2:1) in Law – Nottingham University.
Solicitors’ Finals (2nd Class Honours) – The College of Law, Guildford

APPOINTMENTS Former Honorary Solicitor of the Swansea Council for Voluntary Service.
Former Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association.
Former Member of The Sports Council for Wales.

MEMBERSHIPS SPARKS (Sport Aiding Medical Research for Kids).
The Law Society.
The International Tennis Writers’ Association.
The Badminton Writers’ Association.
British Association of Rowing Journalists.
The Rugby Union Writers’ Club.
Association of British Tennis Officials – Umpired at Wimbledon 1973-84, including Men’s Singles Final in 1984.

PUBLISHED Numerous articles on sport for National Press, sport and lifestyle magazines.

LANGUAGES French – Basic.

Copyright: BBC Images 2010

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