Jim Grabb

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Jim Grabb
Country  United States
Residence Hermosa Beach, California
Born (1964-04-14) 14 April 1964 (age 50)
Tucson, Arizona
Height 6'4" (193 cm)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1997
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $3,274,155
Singles
Career record 179–199 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 24 (12 February 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1988)
French Open 2R (1992)
Wimbledon 3R (1988, 1990)
US Open 4R (1989)
Doubles
Career record 395–237 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 23
Highest ranking No. 1 (12 June 1989)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1989, 1993, 1996)
French Open W (1989)
Wimbledon F (1992)
US Open W (1992)

Jim Grabb (born April 14, 1964) is an American former professional tennis player. He was ranked the World No. 1 doubles player in 1989 and in 1993. Grabb's best singles ranking was World No. 24, a ranking he achieved in February 1990.

Tennis career[edit]

College[edit]

Grabb is Jewish, and was born in Tucson, Arizona.[1] Grabb was from 1984 to 1986 a 3-time doubles and 2-time singles All-American, helping Stanford University win the NCAA title in 1986 and finish runner-up in 1984.

In 1986 he won the annual Rafael Osuna Award, presented by college coaches for good sportsmanship and valuable contributions to the sport.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Grabb defeated Andre Agassi at a singles tournament in Seoul, Korea in 1987 for his first career victory.[1] He won two doubles Grand Slam events: the 1989 French Open (with Patrick McEnroe) and the 1992 U.S. Open (with Richey Reneberg).[1] He won 23 doubles tour titles, with 26 finals appearances.[1] He won two tour singles titles, in 1987 at Seoul and in 1992 at Taipei.[3] His best showing in a Grand Slam event was 4th round appearance in the 1989 U.S. Open.

Grabb won the Men's 35 Senior Doubles with his tennis partner, Richey Reneberg, at the 2002 and 2003 U.S. Open.[4]

Davis Cup[edit]

He was a member of the United States Davis Cup team in 1993.[3]

Hall of Fame[edit]

The Northern California section of the USTA inducted Grabb into its Hall of Fame in 2006.[2]

Grand Slam men's doubles finals (3)[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
1989 French Open United States Patrick McEnroe Iran Mansour Bahrami
France Eric Winogradsky
6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(5)
1992 U.S. Open United States Richey Reneberg United States Kelly Jones
United States Rick Leach
3–6, 7–6(2), 6–3, 6–3

Runner-up (1)[edit]

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
1992 Wimbledon United States Richey Reneberg United States John McEnroe
Germany Michael Stich
7–5, 6–7(5), 6–3, 6–7(5), 17–19

Grand Prix, ATP Tour, and Grand Slam doubles finals (50)[edit]

Titles (23)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (2)
Tennis Masters Cup (1)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Championship Series (7)
ATP World Series (12)
Titles by Surface
Hard (12)
Clay (2)
Grass (1)
Carpet (8)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. April 27, 1987 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Ken Flach United States Eric Korita
United States Mike Leach
7–6, 1–6, 5–7
Winner 1. October 5, 1987 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet United States Patrick McEnroe United States Glenn Layendecker
United States Todd Witsken
6–2, 0–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. October 26, 1987 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Sammy Giammalva Jr. Australia Broderick Dyke
Netherlands Tom Nijssen
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. November 9, 1987 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Jim Pugh Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. January 11, 1988 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Sammy Giammalva Jr. United States Marty Davis
United States Tim Pawsat
3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 5. April 25, 1988 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Gary Donnelly United Kingdom Andrew Castle
Argentina Roberto Saad
7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 6. August 22, 1988 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. September 26, 1988 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Australia Peter Doohan United States John McEnroe
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. October 31, 1988 Paris Indoor, France Carpet South Africa Christo van Rensburg United States Paul Annacone
Australia John Fitzgerald
2–6, 2–6
Winner 2. November 7, 1988 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Kevin Curren United States Paul Annacone
Australia John Fitzgerald
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 9. April 3, 1989 Miami, U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
Sweden Anders Järryd
3–6, ret.
Winner 3. June 12, 1989 French Open, Paris Clay United States Patrick McEnroe Iran Mansour Bahrami
France Eric Winogradsky
6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 10. July 31, 1989 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe United Kingdom Neil Broad
South Africa Gary Muller
7–6, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 4. December 10, 1989 Masters Doubles, London Carpet United States Patrick McEnroe Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
7–5, 7–6, 5–7, 6–3
Runner-up 11. March 12, 1990 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe West Germany Boris Becker
France Guy Forget
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. May 14, 1990 Kiawah Island, U.S. Clay Mexico Leonardo Lavalle United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 13. June 18, 1990 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass United States Patrick McEnroe Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
West Germany Michael Stich
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 14. October 22, 1990 Lyon, France Carpet United States David Pate United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Kelly Jones
6–7, 4–6
Winner 5. November 12, 1990 Wembley, England Carpet United States Patrick McEnroe United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
7–6, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 6. October 7, 1991 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Richey Reneberg United States Luke Jensen
Australia Laurie Warder
6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. October 14, 1991 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Richey Reneberg United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
7–5, 2–6, 7–6
Winner 8. January 13, 1992 Auckland, New Zealand Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Canada Grant Connell
Canada Glenn Michibata
6–4, 6–3
Winner 9. February 10, 1992 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i) United States Richey Reneberg South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 15. February 24, 1992 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet United States Richey Reneberg Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–7
Winner 10. April 20, 1992 Hong Kong Hard United States Brad Gilbert Zimbabwe Byron Black
South Africa Byron Talbot
6–2, 6–1
Winner 11. June 15, 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass United States Richey Reneberg United States John McEnroe
Germany Michael Stich
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 16. July 6, 1992 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Richey Reneberg United States John McEnroe
Germany Michael Stich
7–5, 6–7, 6–3, 6–7, 17–19
Winner 12. August 24, 1992 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard United States Richey Reneberg Canada Grant Connell
Canada Glenn Michibata
7–6, 6–2
Winner 13. September 14, 1992 U.S. Open, New York Hard United States Richey Reneberg United States Kelly Jones
United States Rick Leach
3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 17. October 12, 1992 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Richey Reneberg United States Patrick McEnroe
United States Jonathan Stark
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 18. October 19, 1992 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Richey Reneberg Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–7, 4–6
Winner 14. February 22, 1993 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet United States Richey Reneberg South Africa Marcos Ondruska
United States Brad Pearce
6–7, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 19. February 14, 1994 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jared Palmer Zimbabwe Byron Black
United States Jonathan Stark
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 20. February 21, 1994 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet United States Jared Palmer Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
3–6, 4–6
Winner 15. April 18, 1994 Hong Kong Hard New Zealand Brett Steven Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Patrick Rafter
W/O
Runner-up 21. August 22, 1994 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard United States Richey Reneberg Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3–6, 4–6
Winner 16. February 13, 1995 San Jose, U.S. Hard (i) United States Patrick McEnroe United States Alex O'Brien
Australia Sandon Stolle
3–6, 7–5, 6–0
Winner 17. February 27, 1995 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up 22. March 27, 1995 Miami, U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3–6, 6–7
Winner 18. October 16, 1995 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard United States Jared Palmer United States Kent Kinnear
United States David Wheaton
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 23. November 6, 1995 Paris, France Carpet United States Todd Martin Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 24. February 5, 1996 Shanghai, China Carpet Australia Michael Tebbutt The Bahamas Mark Knowles
The Bahamas Roger Smith
6–4, 2–6, 6–7
Winner 19. August 19, 1996 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard United States Richey Reneberg Czech Republic Petr Korda
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
7–6, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 20. October 7, 1996 Lyon, France Carpet United States Richey Reneberg United Kingdom Neil Broad
South Africa Piet Norval
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 25. October 6, 1997 Basel, Switzerland Carpet Germany Karsten Braasch United Kingdom Tim Henman
Switzerland Marc Rosset
6–7, 7–6, 6–7
Winner 21. March 2, 1998 London, England Carpet Czech Republic Martin Damm Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6–4, 7–5
Winner 22. May 25, 1998 St. Poelten, Austria Clay Australia David Macpherson South Africa David Adams
Zimbabwe Wayne Black
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 26. July 27, 1998 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Australia Joshua Eagle France Olivier Delaître
France Fabrice Santoro
1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 23. August 10, 1998 Toronto, Canada Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
6–7, 6–2, 7–6
Runner-up 27. February 21, 2000 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) United States Richey Reneberg United States Justin Gimelstob
Canada Sébastien Lareau
2–6, 4–6

Doubles performance timeline in major tournaments[edit]

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A NH A 1R QF A A 2R QF 1R A QF 3R 2R 1R A 0 / 9 11–9
French Open A A A A A W SF 1R QF A 1R QF 3R 3R 3R 1R A 1 / 10 22–9
Wimbledon A A A 1R SF 3R 3R 1R F A A 1R 3R SF 3R 2R A 0 / 11 21–11
U.S. Open 2R A A 1R 3R 2R A 1R W A 1R 1R A SF QF 2R A 1 / 11 18–10
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 2 / 41 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 5–3 11–3 6–2 0–3 15–3 3–1 0–3 3–3 6–3 12–4 8–4 2–4 0–0 N/A 72–39
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These tournaments were not

Masters Series events

before 1990.
F SF A QF 2R 1R QF 2R 2R 2R A 0 / 9 13–9
Miami A 2R A A 2R F QF A 3R 2R 1R 0 / 7 9–7
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1
Rome 1R A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 4 1–4
Hamburg A A A A A A A 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 3 0–3
Canada A 2R QF A 2R 2R A A W QF A 1 / 6 9–5
Cincinnati A 2R QF A 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 8 5–8
Stuttgart (Stockholm) 1R A A A A 2R SF 2R 2R A A 0 / 5 4–5
Paris QF 1R SF A 1R F 2R 1R 2R A A 0 / 8 9–8
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 4 0 / 5 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 5 0 / 6 0 / 5 0 / 6 1 / 9 0 / 6 0 / 1 1 / 51 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 5–4 5–5 4–3 1–1 4–5 8–6 9–5 3–6 8–8 3–6 0–1 N/A 50–50
Year End Ranking 167 406 268 28 13 9 24 22 3 116 36 15 25 32 15 85 208 N/A

A = did not attend tournament
NH = tournament not held

Grand Prix and ATP Tour singles finals (3)[edit]

Titles (2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. April 27, 1987 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Andre Agassi 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. July 23, 1990 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard United States Andre Agassi 1–6, 4–6
Winner 2. October 26, 1992 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet Australia Jamie Morgan 6–3, 6–3

Miscellaneous[edit]

Grabb was ranked 17th on Sports Illustrated's list of Arizona's 50 Greatest Sports Figures of the 20th century.[1] He served as vice president of the ATP Tour Player Council in 1998–99.[1]

Grabb married Sarah Stenn in 2002 in California. While on tour he resided, at least for a time, in Hermosa Beach, California.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Grabb, Jim". Jews in Sports. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "NorCal USTA Honors Hall of Fame Inductees at Bank of the West Classic ...Jeff Arons, Jim Grabb, Tracy Houk and Barbara Jordan inducted". Bank of the West Classic. Archived from the original on October 21, 2006. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Jim Grabb". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Celebrity Jews in the News". Jewish News Weelky. September 18, 2003. Archived from the original on January 13, 2006. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jim Grabb". ATP World Tour. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 

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