José Luis Clerc

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José Luis Clerc
Country  Argentina
Residence Miami, USA
Born (1958-08-16) 16 August 1958 (age 55)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1977
Retired 1988
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,987,036
Singles
Career record 375-148
Career titles 25
Highest ranking No. 4 (August 3, 1981)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1980)
French Open SF (1981, 1982)
Wimbledon 4R (1979)
US Open 4R (1979, 1981)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals QF (1982)
WCT Finals QF (1982)
Doubles
Career record 110-99
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 30 (October 8, 1979)

José Luis Clerc (born August 16, 1958 in Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine professional tennis player, and one of the most important Argentine players in history.

Right handed, Batata Clerc started playing professionally in 1977, and won 25 ATP Titles, and retired in 1988. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 4 on August 4, 1981, following a run of 27 victories and 4 titles in one month, and had year-ending world rankings of No. 8 in 1980, No. 5 in 1981, No. 6 in 1982, and No. 8 in 1983.

Tennis career[edit]

Clerc represented Argentina for the Davis Cup from 1976 to 1989. With team mate Guillermo Vilas, Argentina was runner up of the 1981 Davis Cup losing 3–1 to United States in Cincinnati. He defeated Roscoe Tanner 7-5, 6-3, 8-6 in a singles match, but lost to John McEnroe in five sets, and to Fleming/McEnroe in doubles with Vilas.

Also with Vilas and Carlos Gattiker, Argentina won the 1980 World Team Cup, defeating Adriano Panatta 7-6, 6-3 to beat Italy 3–0 in the finals in Düsseldorf.

He received the ATP Sportsmanship Award of 1981, and Argentine Konex Awards in 1980 and 1990 for Merit in Tennis.

Clerc runs a tennis school in Argentina, participates in Senior tournaments, and regularly serves as a tennis analyst for ESPN Latin America and ESPN Deportes. He also coaches Julia Cohen, a top American junior player.

Clerc is currently developing and will serve as director of the "José Luis Clerc Tennis Academy" at Algodon Wine Estates in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina. He also serves as Ambassador to the "Algodon" brand.[1]

Titles (25)[edit]

Singles (25)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Tour (24)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. May 21, 1978 Florence, Italy Clay France Patrice Dominguez 6–4, 6–2, 6–1
2. November 26, 1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Paraguay Víctor Pecci 6–4, 6–4
3. December 4, 1978 Santiago de Chile, Chile Clay Paraguay Víctor Pecci 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
4. April 16, 1979 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard South Africa Deon Joubert 6–2, 6–1
5. March 10, 1980 San José de Costa Rica, Costa Rica Hard United States Jimmy Connors 4–6, 2–6, retired
6. July 28, 1980 South Orange, New Jersey, U.S. Clay United States John McEnroe 6–3, 6–2
7. August 4, 1980 Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Clay United States Mel Purcell 7–5, 6–3
8. September 29, 1980 Madrid, Spain Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–3, 1–6, 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
9. November 3, 1980 Quito, Ecuador Clay Paraguay Víctor Pecci 6–4, 1–6, 10–8
10. November 17, 1980 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay West Germany Rolf Gehring 6–7, 2–6, 7–5, 6–0, 6–3
11. May 11, 1981 Florence, Italy Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez 6–1, 6–2
12. May 18, 1981 Italian Open, Rome Clay Paraguay Víctor Pecci 6–3, 6–4, 6–0
13. July 13, 1981 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Clay Chile Hans Gildemeister 0–6, 6–2, 6–2
14. July 20, 1981 Washington D.C. Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 7–5, 6–2
15. July 28, 1981 North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S. Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–3, 6–2
16. August 3, 1981 Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Clay Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
17. February 8, 1982 Richmond, Virginia, U.S. Carpet United States Fritz Buehning 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
18. June 7, 1982 Venice, Italy Clay Australia Peter McNamara 7–6, 6–1
19. July 5, 1982 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–1, 6–3, 6–2
20. July 12, 1982 Zell am See, Austria Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt 6–0, 3–6, 6–2, 6–1
21. November 15, 1982 Sao Paulo, Brazil Clay Brazil Marcos Hocevar 6–2, 6–7, 6–3
22. January 24, 1983 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Sweden Mats Wilander 3–6, 7–5, 6–1
23. July 11, 1983 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Clay United States Jimmy Arias 6–3, 6–1
24. July 18, 1983 Washington D.C., U.S. Clay United States Jimmy Arias 6–3, 3–6, 6–0
25. July 25, 1983 North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S. Clay Ecuador Andrés Gómez 6–3, 6–1

Personal[edit]

Jose Luis Clerc is married to Annalie and has two sons & a daughter, Juan Pablo 9/23/81, Dominique 1/12/84 & Nicolas 10/19/90.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Where to Go Next. September 16, 2008. "Argentine Tennis Great, Jose Luis Clerc, Partners with Algodon Wine Estates To Develop Professional Tennis Academy. Retrieved on December 22, 2008 from http://www.wheretogonext.com/release.html?releaseID=135811