Gayle David Bradshaw was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on March 10th, 1949.  He was introduced to tennis at a young age by his sister-in-law’s brother.  After he learned which end of the racket to hold, he was taken down to Boy Scout Park in Shawnee and Paul Duffield let him join in with the other kids he was helping.  He became quite a good player and, with Jack Lowe, won the Boy’s State High School Doubles Championship in 1966 and 1967.  Gayle attended the University of Oklahoma on a tennis scholarship and in 1969 won the Big 8 Singles title at the #5 position and the Doubles title at the #2 position.  In 1973 and 1974, Gayle and Scott Martin won the Men’s Open Doubles Championship at the Missouri Valley Sectionals.

Gayle moved to Augusta, Georgia, in 1974 and currently resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, with his wife Laurel.  He has one daughter, Jessica Bradshaw Reinhardt, a Nurse Practitioner residing with her husband Patrick in Statesboro, Georgia. 

Gayle began his officiating career in 1979 working part-time for the USTA (United States Tennis Association) and was hired fulltime by the USTA in 1983. In 1985 he was certified by the Men’s International Professional Tennis Council as an International Chair Umpire & Referee.  In 1990 he was hired by the ATP Tour, where he is currently employed.  During his officiating career he also worked events for the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association).  The following is a list of things he has done for these four oranizations:


  • USTA Circuits Supervisor (1979-1989)

  • Former Referee U.S. OPEN (1986, 87, 88 & 89)

  • ATP Tour Supervisor (1990-2005)

  • ATP Director of Officials (1997-2005)

  • Member, ITF Technical Committee

  • Davis Cup Referee

  • ATP Doubles Commissioner

  • Member, Joint (ATP, ITF, WTA & Grand Slams) Certification Committee for International Officials


  • ATP Executive Vice-President, Rules & Competition (2005-present)

  • Member, ATP Management Committee

  • Member, ITF Rules of Tennis Committee (1990 – present)

  • Member, Joint (ATP, ITF, WTA & Grand Slams) Testing Team for Electronic Line Calling Systems

  • ATP Representative, Tennis Anti-Corruption Program

  • ATP Representative, Tennis Anti-Doping Program

  • Member, ATP Tournament Standards Committee

  • Member, ATP World Tour 250 Tournament Committee

  • Member, Joint (ATP, ITF, WTA & Grand Slams) Disciplinary Appeals Committee for International Officials