Clarence Griffin

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Clarence Griffin
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Full name Clarence James Griffin
Country  United States
Born (1888-01-19)January 19, 1888
San Francisco, CA, USA
Died March 28, 1973(1973-03-28) (aged 85)
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 1906 (amateur tour)
Retired 1931
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1970 (member page)
Highest ranking No. 6 (1916 U.S. ranking)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 2R (1919)
US Open SF (1916)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1915, 1916, 1920)
Last updated on: December 12, 2012.
Maurice Evans McLoughlin (1890-1957), H. Ward Dawson (1890-?), William Marquitz Johnston (1894-1946), Clarence James Griffinon (1888-1973) on August 30, 1916 at the national men's doubles championship.

Clarence James "Peck" Griffin (January 19, 1888 - March 28, 1973) was an American tennis player. His best major performance in singles was reaching the semi-finals of the 1916 U.S. National Championships. He also reached the quarter-finals in 1914, 1915, 1917 and 1920.


He was born on January 19, 1888 in San Francisco, California.

Griffin ranked in singles in the U.S. Top Ten three times: he was No. 7 in 1915 and No. 6 in both 1916 and 1920. In addition to his singles success, Griffin also made a mark in doubles with fellow Californian Bill Johnston.

In 1913 he won the singles title at the Niagara International Tennis Tournament defeating Edward H. Whitney in four sets. He successfully defended his title in the challenge round in the following year, 1914, against George Church, also in four sets.[1] He won the singles and doubles titles at the Cincinnati tournament in 1915 and was a doubles champion and singles finalist in Cincinnati in 1916. In 1915 he was victorious in the Tri-State Championship, disposing W.S. McElroy in the challenge round in three straight sets.[2]

Griffin, and doubles partner Johnston, won the U.S. doubles title three times (1915, 1916, and 1920), and Griffin also reached the 1913 doubles final with John Strachan.[3] He and Strachan won the U.S. Clay Court title that year, and in 1914 Griffin reached his singles final in a comeback beating of Elia Fottrell, 3–6, 6–8, 8–6, 6–0, 6–2, for the Clay Court singles crown (held that year in Cincinnati).[1]

In 1929 he married Mildred Talbot De Camp, daughter of T. James Talbot of Los Angeles.[4]

He died on March 28, 1973.


He was a 5-foot-7 right-handed player and entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1970. His nephew was entertainer Merv Griffin.

Grand Slam doubles finals[edit]

Titles (3)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1915 U.S. Championships United States Bill Johnston United States Maurice E. McLoughlin
United States Tom Bundy
2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
1916 U.S. Championships United States Bill Johnston United States Maurice E. McLoughlin
United States Ward Dawson
6–4, 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
1920 U.S. Championships United States Bill Johnston United States Roland Roberts
United States Willis E. Davis
6–2, 6–2, 6–3

Runners-up (1)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1913 U.S. Championships United States John Strachan United States Maurice E. McLoughlin
United States Tom Bundy
4–6, 5–7, 1–6


  1. ^ a b Ohnsorg, Roger W. Robert Lindley Murray: The Reluctant U.S. Tennis Champion; includes "The First Forty Years of American Tennis". Victoria, BC: Trafford On Demand Pub. pp. 293, 294. ISBN 9781426945144. 
  2. ^ "Tri-State Tennis Titles" (PDF). The New York Times. September 19, 1915. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 477. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  4. ^ "Clarence J. Griffin Weds. Tennis Star Marries Mrs. Mildred T. De Camp at Municipal Building". New York Times. March 8, 1929. Retrieved 2014-08-05. "Mildred Talbot De Camp, daughter of T. James Talbot of Los Angeles ..." 

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