Cliff Drysdale

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Cliff Drysdale
Cliff Drysdale.jpg
Drysdale at the 1966 Davis Cup in the Netherlands
Full name Eric Clifford Drysdale
Country South Africa South Africa
Residence Miami, Florida, United States
Born (1941-05-26) 26 May 1941 (age 73)
Nelspruit, South Africa
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1968 (amateur tour from 1962)
Retired 1980
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 2013 (member page)
Official website www.cliffdrysdale.com
Singles
Career record 308–186 (62.34%)
Career titles 5 (Open era)
Highest ranking No. 4 (1965, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1971)
French Open SF (1965, 1966)
Wimbledon SF (1965, 1966)
US Open F (1965)
Other tournaments
WCT Finals QF (1971, 1972, 1977)
Doubles
Career record 189–160 (54.15%)
Career titles 6
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1971)
French Open 3R (1973)
Wimbledon SF (1974, 1977)
US Open W (1972)
Last updated on: 12 June 2012.
Drysdale in 2009

Eric Clifford 'Cliff' Drysdale (born 26 May 1941, Nelspruit, South Africa) is a former top-ranked professional tennis player of the 1960s and early 1970s who became a well-known tennis announcer. He was one of the Handsome Eight, a group of players signed by Lamar Hunt in 1968 for the newly formed professional World Championship Tennis (WCT) group.[2] He became President of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) when it was formed by Jack Kramer, Donald Dell, and himself in 1972. Drysdale was ranked World No. 4 in 1965 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph.[1][3]

During his career, Drysdale captured five singles titles and six doubles titles including winning the 1972 U.S. Open doubles crown with Roger Taylor.[4] He defeated Rod Laver in the fourth round of the first US Open in 1968. He became a naturalized United States citizen after retiring as a player. Today, he serves as a tennis commentator on ESPN.[3] He is the founder of Cliff Drysdale Tennis (along with partners Don Henderson and Tom Brownhill) which specializes in resort, hotel, and club tennis management.[citation needed]

In 1998 Drysdale won the William M. Johnston Award for contribution to men’s tennis, given by the USTA.[5] In 2013 Drysdale was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.[6]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Runner-ups (1)
Year Championship Surface Opponent in final Score
1965 U.S. Championships Grass Spain Manuel Santana 2–6, 9–7, 5–7, 1–6

Doubles[edit]

Title (1)
Year Championship Surface Partnering Opponent in final Score
1972 US Open Grass United Kingdom Roger Taylor Australia Owen Davidson
Australia John Newcombe
6–4, 7–6(7–3), 6–3

Grand Prix Championship Series singles finals[edit]

Runner-up (2)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1971 Boston WCT Australia Ken Rosewall 4–6, 3–6, 0–6
1972 Las Vegas Australia John Newcombe 3–6, 4–6

Open Era titles[edit]

No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
1. 22 July 1968 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Netherlands Tom Okker 6–3, 6–3, 6–0
2. 5 April 1971 Miami WCT, U. S. Hard Australia Rod Laver 6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
3. 24 May 1971 Brussels, Belgium Clay Romania Ilie Năstase 6–0, 6–1, 7–5
4. 4 March 1974 Miami WCT (2) Hard United States Tom Gorman 6–4, 7–5
5. 23 January 1978 Baltimore, U. S. Carpet United States Tom Gorman 7–5, 6–3

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
  2. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren (1979). Game, Set, and Match : The Tennis Boom of the 1960s and 70s (1. ed. ed.). New York: Dutton. pp. 65–70. ISBN 0525111409. 
  3. ^ a b "Gear Talk: Q&A with Cliff Drysdale". Tennis.com. 
  4. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins history of tennis : an authoritative encyclopedia and record book (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 478. ISBN 9780942257700. 
  5. ^ "The William M. Johnston Award". USTA. 
  6. ^ "Hingis elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame". ITF Tennis. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 

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