Dennis Ralston

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Dennis Ralston
Full name Richard Dennis Ralston
Country  United States
Born (1942-07-27) July 27, 1942 (age 72)
Bakersfield, California
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1967 (amateur tour from 1958)
Retired 1977
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 138–100
Highest ranking No. 3 (1963, Reading Eagle)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1970)
French Open 4R (1966)
Wimbledon F (1966)
US Open SF (1960)
Professional majors
US Pro SF (1968)
Wembley Pro QF (1967, 1968)
French Pro 2R (1968)
Doubles
Career record 125–87
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1971)
French Open W (1966)
Wimbledon W (1960)
US Open W (1961, 1962, 1963)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1962, 1966)
US Open F (1969)
Last updated on: April 18, 2012.

Richard Dennis Ralston (born July 27, 1942, in Bakersfield, California) is an American former professional tennis player.

As a young player he was coached by tennis pro Pancho Gonzales. He attended the University of Southern California (USC) and won NCAA championships under their coach, George Toley. He and partner Bill Bond captured the NCAA doubles title in 1964.[2] He was the highest-ranked American player at the end of three consecutive years in the 1960s with his career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 in 1963 (as cited in newspaper Reading Eagle).[1]

He lost in the Wimbledon 1966 Men's Singles Championship Finals to Manuel Santana.[3]

Ralston was a member of the Handsome Eight, the initial group of players signed to the professional World Championship Tennis tour.[4][5] He won 27 national doubles and singles titles, including five grand-slam doubles crowns.[6]

Grand Slam finals, 13 (5 titles, 8 runner-ups)[edit]

Singles, 1 final (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-Up 1966 Wimbledon Championships Grass Spain Manuel Santana 6–4, 11–9, 6–4

Doubles, 9 finals (5 titles, 4 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1960 Wimbledon Championships Grass Mexico Rafael Osuna United Kingdom Mike Davies
United Kingdom Bobby Wilson
7–5, 6–3, 10–8
Winner 1961 US Championships Grass United States Chuck McKinley Mexico Rafael Osuna
Mexico Antonio Palafox
6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 13–11
Runner-Up 1962 US Championships Grass United States Chuck McKinley Mexico Rafael Osuna
Mexico Antonio Palafox
6–4, 10–12, 1–6, 9–7, 6–3
Winner 1963 US Championships (2) Grass United States Chuck McKinley Mexico Rafael Osuna
Mexico Antonio Palafox
9–7, 4–6, 5–7, 6–3, 11–9
Winner 1964 US Championships (3) Grass United States Chuck McKinley United Kingdom Mike Sangster
United Kingdom Graham Stilwell
6–3, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1966 French Championships Clay United States Clark Graebner Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Ţiriac
6–3, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-Up 1966 US Championships (2) Grass United States Clark Graebner Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Fred Stolle
6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-Up 1969 US Open (3) Grass United States Clark Graebner Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
2–6, 7–5, 13–11, 6–3
Runner-Up 1971 Wimbledon Championships Grass United States Arthur Ashe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
4–6, 9–7, 6–8, 6–4, 6–4

Mixed Doubles, 3 finals (3 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-Up 1962 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom Ann Haydon-Jones United States Margaret Osborne duPont
Australia Neale Fraser
2–6, 6–3, 13–11
Runner-Up 1966 Wimbledon Championships (2) Grass United States Billie Jean King Australia Margaret Court
Australia Ken Fletcher
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-Up 1969 US Open Grass France Françoise Dürr Australia Margaret Court
United States Marty Riessen
6–4, 7–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Emerson, Ralston Win Net Tests", Reading Eagle, September 2, 1963.
  2. ^ Norcross, Dan (August 22, 2013). "Famous La Jolla tennis player dies". U-T San Diego. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Harman, Neil (June 23, 2008). "'I see Rafa playing tennis I do not believe'". The Times. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Atkin, Ronald (March 5, 2000). "Britain turn to passion of the handsome one". The Independent. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Porter, Ross. "Dennis Ralston". Real Sport Heroes. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 

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