|Full name||Clarence James Griffin|
January 19, 1888|
San Francisco, CA, USA
|Died||March 28, 1973(aged 85)|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Turned pro||1906 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HOF||1970 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 6 (1916 U.S. ranking)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||SF (1916)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||W (1915, 1916, 1920)|
|Last updated on: December 12, 2012.|
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.
Griffin and Johnston won the U.S. doubles title three times (1915, 1916, and 1920), and Griffin also reached the 1913 doubles final with John Strachan. 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).
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.
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. 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.
Grand Slam doubles finals
|1915||U.S. Championships||Bill Johnston|| Maurice E. McLoughlin
|2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3|
|1916||U.S. Championships||Bill Johnston|| Maurice E. McLoughlin
|6–4, 6–3, 5–7, 6–3|
|1920||U.S. Championships||Bill Johnston|| Roland Roberts
Willis E. Davis
|6–2, 6–2, 6–3|
|1913||U.S. Championships||John Strachan|| Maurice E. McLoughlin
|4–6, 5–7, 1–6|
- Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 477. ISBN 978-0942257700.
- 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.
- "Tri-State Tennis Titles" (PDF). The New York Times. September 19, 1915. Retrieved July 28, 2012.