Dave grew up playing tennis at a club where his mother was the teaching professional and his father ran the pro shop. He was ranked a top 10 junior in Canada and went on to play for West Virginia University and Arizona State University. He graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in finance. After college, Dave competed at the Futures and Challenger level of professional tennis maintaining an ATP world ranking in singles and doubles for several years. He represented Canada at Pan American Games for Canada and retired from the tour in 2000.