Dick Crealy

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Dick Crealy
Full name Richard D. Crealy
Country  Australia
Residence Sydney, Australia
Born (1944-09-18) 18 September 1944 (age 69)
Sydney, Australia
Turned pro 1969 (amateur tour from 1963)
Retired 1981
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 274–277 (Open era)
Career titles 5
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1970)
French Open 4R (1970)
Wimbledon 3R (1967, 1969, 1974)
US Open 2R (1969, 1973, 1978)
Doubles
Career record 262–240 (Open era)
Career titles 6
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1968)
French Open W (1974)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1968)

Richard Crealy (born 18 September 1944) is a former Australian tennis player most notable for reaching the finals of the Australian Open in 1970, being a member of the 1970 Australian Davis Cup Team and winning four Grand Slam titles in doubles.

Tennis career[edit]

Crealy was born in Sydney in 1944 and in 1968 he achieved his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open with his fellow countryman and teammate Allan Stone in doubles. He also won the mixed doubles with Billie Jean King. Crealy is sometimes attributed to winning the US Open Doubles title in 1969, in fact he won the U.S. Nationals Title at Boston with Allan Stone defeating Charlie Pasarell and Bill Bowrey. This title was a "hangover" from the move to Open Tennis. The US Open Doubles title was won by Ken Rosewall and Fred Stolle over Charlie Pasarell and Dennis Ralston at Forest Hills. Crealy had his biggest win in Doubles at the 1974 French Open with Onny Parun over Stan Smith and Bob Lutz.

In 1970, Crealy had his most successful season, reaching No. 5 on the Grand Prix rankings. In this year, he reached the singles finals at the Australian Open, where he lost to American player Arthur Ashe, as well as the quarter-finals of the French Open. He also won the Swedish Open in Båstad and represented Australia in the Davis Cup with a 4–2 singles record and 2–0 doubles record. In 1974, he won another Grand Slam Title in doubles, combining with New Zealander Onny Parun in the French Open.

Crealy retired from the ATP in 1978, but continued having success for many years on the Veteran's Tour, playing in many of the "Legends" tournaments at the Australian Open. He also still plays Pro-Ams, often supporting The Starlight Foundation in their annual tournament in Sydney.

Dick Crealy is a Life Member of the Australian Davis Cup Foundation.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Runners-up (1)[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent Score
1970 Australian Open United States Arthur Ashe 4–6, 7–9, 2–6

Doubles[edit]

Titles (2)[edit]

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score
1968 Australian Championships Australia Allan Stone Australia Terry Addison / Australia Ray Keldie 10–8, 6–4, 6–3
1974 French Open New Zealand Onny Parun United States Robert Lutz / United States Stan Smith 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 5–7, 6–1

Mixed Doubles[edit]

Titles (1)[edit]

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score
1968 Australian Championships United States Billie Jean King Australia Margaret Court / Allan Stone walkover

Open era titles (8)[edit]

Singles (2)[edit]

Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Tour (2)
Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Finals Results
1. 11 July 1970 Båstad, Sweden Clay France Georges Goven 6–3, 6–1, 6–1
2. 28 March 1975 Nice, France Clay Colombia Iván Molina 7–6, 6–4, 6–3

Singles Finals (2)[edit]

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