January 14, 1934 |
|Turned pro||1950 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (1963, World's Top 10)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1965)|
|French Open||F (1963)|
|Wimbledon||4R (1958, 1960, 1962, 1966)|
|US Open||4R (1963)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||SF – 3rd (1968, demonstration)|
In 1963, he reached his highest singles ranking of World No. 8. He was also ranked in the top 10 worldwide in 1958 and 1964.
A schoolboy tennis prodigy, Darmon was the top-ranked tennis star in France from 1957 to 1969 (he shared No. 1 in ’57 and ’69).
He was French national junior champion in 1950.
Darmon won the French national singles championship a record 9 times, obtaining his first title in 1957 and last one in 1968. He also won the French national doubles championship in 1957 (with Paul Rémy), in 1958 (with Robert Haillet) in 1961 (with Gérard Pilet) and 1966 (with François Jauffret).
In 1963, Darmon was French Open Singles runner-up, losing the Grand Slam final to Roy Emerson 6–3, 1–6, 4–6, 4–6. That same year, he reached the Wimbledon Doubles finals with partner Jean Claude Barclay, before falling to Mexico’s Antonio Palafox and Rafael Osuna in the title match.
He was international veterans mixed double champion with his wife Rosy Darmon in 1961, and in 1968 and 1975 with Gail Chanfreau.
Darmon was a member of France’s Davis Cup Team from 1956-67. He played 68 Davis Cup matches, winning 44. Darmon holds France's record for the most wins and most singles victories. He played in 34 Davis Cup ties for France, second only to compatriot Francois Jauffret who played one more.
Career after Competition
Off the court, Darmon was Tournament Director of the French Open at Roland Garros from 1969 through 1978; and, Director of the European Tennis Bureau of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in 1973, a member of the ATP Board of Directors 1974-79, and a member of the Men's International Professional Tennis Council 1974-79.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (0-1)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1963||French Championships||Clay||Roy Emerson||3–6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–4|
Doubles: 1 (0-1)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Partner||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1963||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Jean-Claude Barclay|| Antonio Palafox
|4–6, 6–2, 6–2, 6–2|
Hall of Fame and Award
In November 2002, The International Tennis Hall of Fame and International Tennis Federation honored Darmon with the Davis Cup Award of Excellence, awarded to individuals who represent the ideals and spirit of Davis Cup competition.
- Pierre Darmon at the International Tennis Federation
- Pierre Darmon at the Davis Cup
- Jews in Sports bio
- "Pierre Darmon Receives 2002 Davis Cup Award of Excellence". Davis Cup. 30 Nov 2002. Retrieved 2013-07-11.