Syd Ball

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Syd Ball (born 24 January 1950, in Sydney, Australia), is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

Ball enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing doubles. During his career he won 7 doubles titles and finished runner-up an additional 14 times. Partnering Bob Giltinan, Ball finished runner-up at the 1974 Australian Open. He achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 22 in 1977.

Syd is the father of current tour professional Carsten Ball.

On 30 August 2000, Ball was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his strong commitment to tennis.[1]

Doubles titles (7)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1974 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia Bob Giltinan Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
7–6, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 1974 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet Australia John Alexander United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 3. 1974 Christchurch, New Zealand Australia Ray Ruffels Egypt Ismail El Shafei
United States Roscoe Tanner
W/O
Winner 1. 1974 Manila, Philippines Hard Australia Ross Case United States Mike Estep
Mexico Marcello Lara
6–3, 7–6, 9–7
Runner-up 4. 1975 Bournemouth, England Clay Australia Dick Crealy Spain Juan Gisbert
Spain Manuel Orantes
6–8, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 1975 Manila, Philippines Hard Australia Kim Warwick Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
1–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1976 Little Rock, U.S. Carpet Australia Ray Ruffels Paraguay Giuliano Pecci
Pakistan Haroon Rahim
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
Winner 3. 1976 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Kim Warwick Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1976 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard Australia Kim Warwick Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
6–4, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 4. 1976 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Australia Kim Warwick Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia John Marks
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1977 Adelaide, Australia Grass Australia Kim Warwick Australia Cliff Letcher
United States Dick Stockton
3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 1977 Denver, U.S. Carpet Australia Kim Warwick Australia Colin Dibley
Australia Geoff Masters
2–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 1977 Hong Kong Hard Australia Kim Warwick United States Marty Riessen
United States Roscoe Tanner
7–6, 6–3
Winner 6. 1977 Adelaide, Australia Grass Australia Kim Warwick Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 9. 1978 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Allan Stone Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 10. 1978 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass Australia Bob Carmichael United States Hank Pfister
United States Sherwood Stewart
4–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 1980 Perth, Australia Hard Australia Cliff Letcher Australia Dale Collings
Australia Dick Crealy
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1981 Cleveland, U.S. Grass Australia Ross Case United States Erik Van Dillen
United States Van Winitsky
4–6, 7–5, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 1982 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet West Germany Rolf Gehring Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 1982 Newport, U.S. Grass Australia Rod Frawley United States John Andrews
United States John Sadri
6–3, 6–7, 5–7
Runner-up 14. 1982 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Grass Australia Rod Frawley Paraguay Francisco González
United States Matt Mitchell
6–7, 6–7

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