Colin Dibley

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Colin Dibley
Country  Australia
Residence West Orange, New Jersey, USA
Born (1944-09-19) 19 September 1944 (age 70)
Sydney, Australia
Height 6'2" (188 cm)
Turned pro 1970
Retired 1981
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 291–287
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 35 (26 September 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1979)
French Open 3R (1971, 1973, 1975, 1978)
Wimbledon QF (1971, 1972)
US Open 3R (1971)
Doubles
Career record 339–247
Career titles 17
Last updated on: 13 June 2012.

Colin Dibley (born 19 September 1944 in Sydney, NSW) is a former tennis player from Australia.

Dibley once held the title for the fastest serve in the world at 148 m.p.h. During his professional career, he also won four singles and seventeen doubles titles. The right-hander reached his career-high ATP Tour singles ranking on 26 September 1973, when he became World No. 35. After retiring in 1981, he took up real estate, still keeping himself in the game through coaching others.

Known for his enormous serve, Dibley has been noted as having one of the most "live arms" of his generation by ESPN commentator Pam Shriver.

Singles finals 7 (4–3)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1972 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Australia Dick Crealy 6–1, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1972 Sacramento, US Hard United States Stan Smith 4–6, 7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 1973 La Costa WCT, US Hard United States Stan Smith 6–3, 7–6
Winner 3. 1973 South Orange, US Grass India Vijay Amritraj 6–4, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 1976 Little Rock, US Carpet Pakistan Haroon Rahim 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 1977 Laguna Niguel, US Hard Rhodesia Andrew Pattison 6–2, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 4. 1980 Perth, Australia Grass United States Chris Delaney 6–2, 6–4

Doubles finals 32 (17–15)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1972 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Australia Roy Emerson Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 2. 1973 Miami WCT, US Hard Australia Terry Addison Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1973 Richmond WCT, US Carpet Australia Terry Addison Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 1973 St. Louis, US Carpet Australia Terry Addison Sweden Ove Nils Bengtson
United States Jim McManus
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 1973 Columbus, US Hard United States Charles Pasarell United Kingdom Gerald Battrick
United Kingdom Graham Stilwell
4–6, 6–7
Winner 1. 1973 Merion, US Grass Australia Allan Stone United States John Austin
United States Fred McNair
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 1973 Tokyo Outdoor Australia Allan Stone Australia Mal Anderson
Australia Ken Rosewall
5–7, 5–7
Winner 2. 1973 Hong Kong Hard Australia Rod Laver United States Paul Gerken
United States Brian Gottfried
6–3, 5–7, 17–15
Winner 3. 1974 Houston, US Clay Australia Rod Laver United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner
4–6, 7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1975 Orlando WCT, US Hard Australia Ray Ruffels United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 1975 St. Louis, US Clay Australia Ray Ruffels Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. 1975 Istanbul, Turkey Outdoor Brazil Thomaz Koch Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
United Kingdom John Feaver
6–2, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 6. 1976 Palm Springs, US Hard United States Sandy Mayer South Africa Raymond Moore
United States Erik Van Dillen
6–4, 6–7, 7–6
Winner 7. 1976 Palma, Spain Clay United States John Andrews Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia John Marks
2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 1976 Madrid, Spain Clay United States John Andrews Brazil Carlos Kirmayr
Spain Eduardo Mandarino
6–7, 6–4, 6–8
Winner 8. 1976 Florence, Italy Clay Brazil Carlos Kirmayr Hungary Péter Szőke
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
5–7, 7–5, 7–5
Winner 9. 1977 Little Rock, US Carpet Pakistan Haroon Rahim South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–7, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 10. 1977 Denver, US Carpet Australia Geoff Masters Australia Syd Ball
Australia Kim Warwick
6–2, 6–3
Winner 11. 1977 South Orange, US Hard Poland Wojtek Fibak Romania Ion Ţiriac
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 9. 1977 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay Australia Chris Kachel Australia Geoff Masters
Australia Kim Warwick
2–6, 6–7
Winner 12. 1978 Little Rock, US Carpet Australia Geoff Masters United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1978 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Australia Geoff Masters South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 11. 1978 Newport, US Grass Australia Bob Giltinan United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
4–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 1978 Columbus, US Clay Australia Bob Giltinan Mexico Marcello Lara
United States Eliot Teltscher
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 12. 1979 San Jose, Costa Rica Hard India Anand Amritraj Romania Ion Ţiriac
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
4–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 1979 Tulsa, US Hard (i) United States Tom Gullikson Paraguay Francisco González
United States Eliot Teltscher
7–6, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 14. 1979 Stowe, US Hard India Anand Amritraj United States Mike Cahill
United States Steve Krulevitz
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 1979 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard United States Mike Cahill Romania Ilie Năstase
Netherlands Tom Okker
5–7, 4–6
Winner 14. 1979 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay United States Pat Du Pré Australia Rod Frawley
Paraguay Francisco González
3–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 15. 1979 Adelaide, Australia Grass Australia Chris Kachel Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–7, 7–6, 6–4
Winner 16. 1980 Metz, France Carpet United States Gene Mayer United States Chris Delaney
Australia Kim Warwick
7–6, 7–5
Winner 17. 1981 Adelaide, Australia Grass Australia John James United States Craig Edwards
South Africa Eddie Edwards
6–3, 6–4

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