On March 12th, 2023, the tennis industry said goodbye to a beloved member of their community. David Filer, 16 years old and a resident of South Bend Indiana, passed away He was described as an iconic person who has made a tremendous impact in the lives of many, and his memory will live on forever. In this article, we’ll discuss who David Filer was and why he was so beloved by all those who knew him. Continue reading.
Who Was David Filer?
David Filer was first and foremost a passionate tennis player. He began playing tennis at the age of 8 and quickly rose to prominence in the local tennis scene. By the time he had reached high school, he had become an accomplished player who could outplay players twice his age. Not only did he have great skill on the court, but also had an infectious enthusiasm that endeared him to everyone around him. He quickly became an icon in South Bend due to his passion for the sport and his warm personality that drew people in like moths to a flame.
How did David Filer die? What was the cause of his death?
David passed away after a long fight with glioblastoma, which is an aggressive form of brain cancer according to Mayo Clinic. Glioblastomas are tumors that start in cells called astrocytes which support nerve cells both in the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation were unable to stop its growth or slow it down significantly enough for David to recover fully from it. Even though doctors did everything they could do, they were unable to save him from this deadly disease.
David Filer Obituary & Tributes
David’s obituary read as follows: “David Filer was an inspiring young man whose life ended too soon due to glioblastoma. He will be remembered for being passionate about tennis and for having a kind heart full of love for others around him.” People from all over South Bend paid tribute by sharing stories about how he changed their lives for the better or how much they enjoyed spending time with him due to his bright personality and witty sense of humor. It was clear how much he meant to everyone around him even if they didn’t know each other well before his passing away.
Ari – this is very sad news…both men sound like they were very special individuals and left us way too soon. May they rest in peace and may their memories be a blessing to all who knew and loved them!!!
In the last few days, the tennis industry has lost two iconic figures, both of whom had a huge impact on myself and the rest of the tennis industry. At the age of 16, David Filer succumbed to cancer. He was a fierce competitor on the court, but he always upheld the highest standards of sportsmanship and character. He enjoyed team building activities and being a part of something bigger than himself. David was adored by the many players and coaches he influenced, and he will be sorely missed.
Jeff Rothstein also succumbed to cancer in the last few days. Jeff served as secretary of the eastern board, on the national junior comp, as a teaching pro, and as a national coach. I followed in his footsteps with everything he had.
It’s always sad when someone passes away too soon regardless of their age or background but it’s especially tragic when it happens at such a young age like it did with David Filer. His memory will live on through all those who knew him or heard about him because he made such a huge impact during his short lifetime despite being taken away too early from us all due to glioblastoma cancer. Our thoughts go out to all affected by this tragedy during these tough times so that we can find comfort together while grieving the loss of our beloved friend and family member – David Filer may you rest in peace!