Eddie Dibbs

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Eddie Dibbs
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Eddie Dibbs playing against Björn Borg in the final of an exhibition tournament in Rotterdam.
Country  United States
Residence North Miami Beach, Florida
Born (1951-02-23) February 23, 1951 (age 63)
Brooklyn, NY
Height 5'7" (170 cm)
Turned pro 1968
Retired 1984
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)[1]
Prize money $2,016,426
Singles
Career record 586–252
Career titles 22
Highest ranking No. 5 (July 24, 1978)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open SF (1975, 1976)
Wimbledon 2R (1974)
US Open QF (1975, 1976, 1979)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals SF (1978)
WCT Finals F (1978)
Doubles
Career record 77–106
Career titles 1

Eddie Dibbs (born February 23, 1951, in Brooklyn) is a retired American tennis player also nicknamed "Fast Eddie". He attained a career-high singles ranking of World No. 5 in July 1978.[2]

Eddie Dibbs presently holds the record number of ATP tour wins for a player who never reached a Grand Slam final. He lost to Vilas in 1975 at Roland Garros, and to Panatta in 1976, also at Roland Garros. His most significant victory is defeating Jimmy Connors at London on carpet, 1-6 6-1 7-5.

Grand Slam, Grand Prix, and WCT singles finals[edit]

Singles: 42 (22–20)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1973 Jackson, Mississippi, US Hard (i) South Africa Frew McMillan 5–7, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 2. 1973 Hamburg, Germany Clay West Germany Karl Meiler 6–1, 3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 3. 1973 Fort Worth, US Hard United States Brian Gottfried 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 4. 1974 Hamburg, Germany Clay West Germany Hans-Joachim Plötz 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 1974 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i) United States Brian Gottfried 3–6, 7–5, 6–8, 0–6
Winner 5. 1975 Tehran, Iran Clay Colombia Iván Molina 1–6, 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 6. 1975 London, UK Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 1–6, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 7. 1976 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet United States Harold Solomon 7–6, 6–2
Winner 8. 1976 Barcelona, Spain Clay South Africa Cliff Drysdale 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 1976 Mexico City, Mexico Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez 6–7, 2–6
Winner 9. 1976 Hamburg, Germany Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 6–4, 4–6, 6–1, 2–6, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 1976 Cincinnati, US Clay United States Roscoe Tanner 6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 1976 Madrid, Spain Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 6–7, 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 1976 Barcelona, Spain Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 1–6, 6–2, 6–2, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 10. 1976 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i) Chile Jaime Fillol 5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 11. 1977 Miami, US Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez 6–0, 6–3
Winner 12. 1977 London, UK Hard (i) United States Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1977 Charlotte, US Carpet Italy Corrado Barazzutti 6–7, 0–6
Runner-up 7. 1977 Louisville, US Hard Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–1, 0–6, 1–6
Runner-up 8. 1977 Boston, US Clay Spain Manuel Orantes 6–7, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 1977 Tehran, Iran Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 2–6, 4–6, 6–1, 1–6
Winner 13. 1977 Oviedo, Spain Hard Mexico Raúl Ramírez 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 1978 St. Louis WCT, US Carpet United States Sandy Mayer 6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 1978 Dayton, US Carpet United States Brian Gottfried 6–2, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 14. 1978 Tulsa, US Hard (i) United States Pat Du Pré 6–7, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 12. 1978 WCT Finals, US Carpet United States Vitas Gerulaitis 3–6, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 15. 1978 Cincinnati, US Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 13. 1978 Washington Clay United States Jimmy Connors 5–7, 5–7
Winner 16. 1978 North Conway, US Clay Australia John Alexander 6–4, 6–4
Winner 17. 1978 Toronto, Canada Clay Argentina José Luis Clerc 5–7, 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 14. 1979 Birmingham, US Carpet United States Jimmy Connors 2–6, 6–3, 5–7
Runner-up 15. 1979 Tulsa, US Hard (i) United States Jimmy Connors 7–6, 5–7, 1–6
Winner 18. 1979 Forest Hills, US Clay United States Harold Solomon 7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 16. 1979 Columbus, US Clay United States Brian Gottfried 3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 17. 1979 Barcelona, Spain Clay Chile Hans Gildemeister 4–6, 3–6, 1–6
Winner 19. 1980 Sarasota, Florida, US Clay Ecuador Andrés Gómez 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 18. 1980 Houston, US Clay Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 1–6, 3–6
Winner 20. 1980 Boston, US Clay United States Gene Mayer 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 19. 1980 North Conway, US Clay United States Jimmy Connors 3–6, 7–5, 1–6
Winner 21. 1981 Forest Hills, US Clay Brazil Carlos Kirmayr 6–3, 6–2
Winner 22. 1981 Quito, Ecuador Clay Australia David Carter 3–6, 6–0, 7–5
Runner-up 20. 1982 Forest Hills, US Clay Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 1–6, 1–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 SR
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
French Open A 1R 4R SF SF 2R QF QF 3R 3R 0 / 9
Wimbledon A A 2R A A A A A A A 0 / 1
US Open 2R 1R A QF QF 3R 3R QF 2R A 0 / 8
Win–Loss 1–1 0–2 4–2 9–2 9–2 3–2 6–2 8–2 3–2 2–1 0 / 18

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