Tom Okker

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Tom Okker
Tom Okker.jpg
Full name Tom Samuel Okker
Country  Netherlands
Residence Hazerswoude-Dorp
Born (1944-02-22) 22 February 1944 (age 70)
Amsterdam
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1968
Retired 1981
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,257,200
Singles
Career record 520–216 (Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 31
Highest ranking No. 3 (2 March 1974)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1971)
French Open SF (1969)
Wimbledon SF (1978)
US Open F (1968)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals F (1973)
WCT Finals SF (1971)
Doubles
Career record 550–152 (Grand Prix, WCT and Grand Slam level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 69
Highest ranking No. 1 (1969)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1971)
French Open W (1973)
Wimbledon F (1969)
US Open W (1976)
Last updated on: October 6, 2012.
Tom Okker
Medal record
Competitor for the  Netherlands
Maccabiah Games
Men's tennis
Gold 1965 Israel Men's Singles
Gold 1965 Israel Mixed Doubles

Thomas Samuel "Tom" Okker (born 22 February 1944) is a former Dutch tennis player.[1] He was ranked among the world's top 10 singles players for seven consecutive years, 1968–74, reaching a career high of World No. 3 in 1969. He also was ranked World No. 1 in doubles in 1969.

Tennis career[edit]

Tom Okker at the 1972 Rotterdam Indoors

Okker was the Dutch champion from 1964 through 1968. In 1968, he turned professional and won his first important tournaments in singles and in doubles (with Marty Riessen) at the Italian Open.[2] At Wimbledon, Okker reached the quarterfinals in 1968 and the semifinals in 1978. He achieved his best result in a Grand Slam tournament at the 1968 US Open, where he reached the final after defeating Pancho Gonzales in the quarterfinal and Ken Rosewall in the semifinal. He lost the final to American Arthur Ashe in five sets, 12-14, 7–5, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6.[3]

Okker won 31 singles titles. As of 2000, 20 years after his retirement, Okker's 31 career open tennis singles victories (combined ATP tour, Grand Prix, and WCT tournaments) still ranked 20th all-time. Among Okker's singles titles were the 1970 German Open and Belgian Open, 1973 Dewar Cup and Canadian Open, and 1974 WCT Rothmans.[4][5] He also was the runner-up in 24 singles tournaments.

Okker is also among the most successful men's doubles players of all time. Okker won two Grand Slam doubles titles, the US Open in 1976 (with Riessen) and the French Open (with John Newcombe) in 1973. In total, Okker won 78 doubles events, a record that was finally broken by Todd Woodbridge in 2005. Okker's other doubles titles include the 1973 Italian Open, 1973 London Grass Courts (with Riessen), 1973 Spanish Open (with Ilie Năstase), 1975 Opel International (with Arthur Ashe), and 1978 WCT World Doubles (with Wojtek Fibak).

One of the first tennis professionals to win at least US $1 million in career prize money, Okker's WTC career earnings stood at US $1,257,200 when he retired in 1980 ($3,598,456 today).

Davis Cup[edit]

Between 1964 and 1981, Okker represented The Netherlands in the Davis Cup, playing in 13 ties and accumulating a 15–20 win-loss record. [1]

Maccabiah Games[edit]

In 1965 Okker won both the singles and the mixed doubles titles at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. However this event is closed to all but Israelis and non-Israeli Jews.

Style of play[edit]

Okker was a fan favorite with his animated, quick-footed play. He was a slight but canny player, who often defeated larger, more powerful opponents. He was among the first players of his era to hit the ball with heavy topspin.

International Jewish Hall of Fame[edit]

Okker, who is Jewish on his father's side,[6] was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Although officially retired, Okker continues to play in senior tennis tournaments. Since the mid-1980s Okker has been involved in art and was a founding partner in the Jaski art gallery in Amsterdam, specialising in works of the CoBrA movement.[8] In 2005 he founded art gallery Tom Okker Art bv in Hazerswoude-Dorp, Netherlands, where he now lives.[9]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles finals, 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1968 US Open Grass United States Arthur Ashe 14–12, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles finals, 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-Up 1969 Wimbledon Grass United States Marty Riessen Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
7–5, 11–9, 6–3
Runner-Up 1971 Australian Open Grass United States Marty Riessen Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–2, 7–6
Winner 1973 French Open Clay Australia John Newcombe United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–1, 3–6, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4
Runner-Up 1975 U.S. Open Grass United States Marty Riessen United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–4, 7–6
Winner 1976 U.S. Open Grass United States Marty Riessen Australia Paul Kronk
Australia Cliff Letcher
6–4, 6–4

Open era singles finals 44 (22-22)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1968 Rome, Italy Clay South Africa Bob Hewitt 10–8, 6–8, 6–1, 1–6, 6–0
Runner-up 1. 1968 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay South Africa Cliff Drysdale 3–6, 3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 2. 1968 US Open, New York City Grass United States Arthur Ashe 12–14, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 2. 1969 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Australia John Newcombe 8–10, 6–1, 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 1969 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia Roy Emerson 1–6, 14–12, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 1969 Hilversum, Netherlands Hard United States Tom Gorman 6–3, 4–6, 7–6
Runner-up 4. 1969 Hamburg, Germany Clay Australia Tony Roche 1–6, 7–5, 5–7, 6–8
Winner 4. 1969 Paris Indoor, France Carpet United States Earl Butch Buchholz 8–6, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 1970 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia Tony Roche 5–7, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 5. 1970 Hilversum, Netherlands Hard United Kingdom Roger Taylor 4–6, 6–0, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 6. 1970 Hamburg, Germany Clay Romania Ilie Năstase 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1971 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Romania Ilie Năstase 6–3, 6–8, 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 1971 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia John Newcombe 2–6, 7–5, 6–1, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 7. 1971 Louisville WCT, U.S. Clay South Africa Cliff Drysdale 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 8. 1971 Quebec WCT, Canada Indoor Australia Rod Laver 6–3, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 1971 Montreal, Canada Clay Australia John Newcombe 6–7, 6–3, 2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 9. 1971 Vancouver WCT, Canada Outdoor Australia Ken Rosewall 2–6, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 1972 Chicago WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1972 Boston WCT, U.S. Hard United States Robert Lutz 4–6, 6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 1972 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Stan Smith 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 1972 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 6–3, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 10. 1973 Washington WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 6–3, 6–7, 7–6
Winner 11. 1973 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Spain Andrés Gimeno 2–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up 13. 1973 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay United States Arthur Ashe 4–6, 2–6
Winner 12. 1973 Montreal, Canada Hard Spain Manuel Orantes 6–3, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 13. 1973 Seattle, U.S. Other Australia John Alexander 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 1973 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard United States Jimmy Connors 5–7, 6–7
Winner 14. 1973 Chicago, U.S. Carpet Australia John Newcombe 3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 15. 1973 Madrid, Spain Clay Chile Jaime Fillol 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 7–5
Winner 16. 1973 London, U.K. Carpet Romania Ilie Năstase 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 1973 Masters, Boston Carpet Romania Ilie Năstase 3–6, 5–7, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 17. 1974 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet Romania Ilie Năstase 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 1974 Washington WCT, U.S. Carpet Romania Ilie Năstase 3–6, 3–6
Winner 18. 1974 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet United States Tom Gorman 4–6, 7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 17. 1974 Boston, U.S. Clay Sweden Björn Borg 6–7, 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 18. 1974 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Arthur Ashe 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 19. 1975 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 6–3, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 20. 1975 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard United Kingdom Buster Mottram 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 21. 1975 Stockholm WCT, Sweden Carpet United States Arthur Ashe 4–6, 2–6
Winner 19. 1975 Nottingham, U.K. Grass Australia Tony Roche 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 20. 1975 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i) United States Arthur Ashe 6–3, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 21. 1977 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Vitas Gerulaitis 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 22. 1978 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy 6–2, 1–6, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 22. 1979 Tel-Aviv, Israel Hard Sweden Per Hjertquist 6–4, 6–3

Doubles finals 104 (68-36)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1968 Rome, Italy Clay United States Marty Riessen Greece Nicholas Kalogeropoulos
Australia Allan Stone
6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 1968 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia Mal Anderson Australia John Newcombe
United States Dennis Ralston
10–8, 10–12, 14–12, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 1968 Hamburg, Germany Clay United States Marty Riessen Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–4, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 3. 1969 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet United States Marty Riessen Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
8–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 1969 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Marty Riessen Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
5–7, 9–11, 3–6
Winner 4. 1969 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay United States Marty Riessen Australia Mal Anderson
Australia Roy Emerson
6–1, 6–4
Winner 5. 1969 Hamburg, Germany Clay United States Marty Riessen France Jean-Claude Barclay
West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
6–1, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 6. 1970 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States Marty Riessen United States Arthur Ashe
United States Charlie Pasarell
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 1970 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay United States Marty Riessen South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
2–6, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 1970 Hamburg, Germany Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Pilić South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
3–6, 5–7, 2–6
Winner 7. 1970 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard United States Marty Riessen United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 1971 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass United States Marty Riessen Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 1971 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay United Kingdom Roger Taylor Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Ţiriac
6–1, 3–6, 3–6, 6–8
Winner 8. 1971 Chicago WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Marty Riessen Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
7–6, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 9. 1971 Dallas WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Marty Riessen United States Robert Lutz
United States Charlie Pasarell
6–3, 6–4
Winner 10. 1971 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States Marty Riessen United States Erik Van Dillen
United States Stan Smith
8–6, 4–6, 10–8
Runner-up 7. 1971 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia John Newcombe Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 1971 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay United States Marty Riessen Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Ray Ruffels
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 1971 Quebec WCT, Canada Indoor United States Marty Riessen Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 1971 Boston WCT, U.S. Clay United States Marty Riessen Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
4–6, 4–6
Winner 12. 1971 Montreal, Canada Clay United States Marty Riessen United States Arthur Ashe
United States Dennis Ralston
6–3, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 13. 1971 Cologne, Germany Carpet United States Marty Riessen Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 14. 1972 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Marty Riessen Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
7–6, 7–6
Winner 15. 1972 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard United States Marty Riessen Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
7–5, 6–4
Winner 16. 1972 Chicago WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Marty Riessen Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–2, 6–3
Winner 17. 1972 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Clay United States Marty Riessen Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 18. 1972 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay United States Marty Riessen Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 19. 1972 Fort Worth WCT, U.S. Hard United States Marty Riessen Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
6–2, 6–2
Winner 20. 1972 Montreal WCT, Canada Outdoor United States Marty Riessen South Africa Robert Maud
Australia Ken Rosewall
6–1, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 21. 1972 Alamo WCT, U.S. Outdoor United States Marty Riessen New Zealand Brian Fairlie
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
7–6, 6–4
Winner 22. 1972 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Marty Riessen Australia Colin Dibley
Australia Roy Emerson
7–5, 7–6
Winner 23. 1972 Gothenburg WCT, Sweden Carpet United States Marty Riessen New Zealand Brian Fairlie
Egypt Ismail El Shafei
6–2, 7–6
Winner 24. 1973 London WCT, England Hard (i) United States Marty Riessen United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 6–3
Winner 25. 1973 Milan WCT, Italy Carpet United States Marty Riessen Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1973 Cologne WCT, Germany Carpet United States Marty Riessen United Kingdom Mark Cox
United Kingdom Graham Stilwell
6–7, 3–6
Winner 26. 1973 Washington WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Marty Riessen United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner
4–6, 7–6, 6–2
Winner 27. 1973 Houston, U.S. Clay United States Marty Riessen United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner
7–5, 7–5
Winner 28. 1973 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Clay United States Marty Riessen United States Erik Van Dillen
United States Tom Gorman
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 1973 Denver WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Marty Riessen United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 12. 1973 World Doubles WCT, Montreal Carpet United States Marty Riessen United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
2–6, 6–7, 0–6
Winner 29. 1973 French Open, Paris Clay Australia John Newcombe United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–1, 3–6, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4
Winner 30. 1973 Rome, Italy Clay Australia John Newcombe Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
6–2, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 31. 1973 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States Marty Riessen Australia Ray Keldie
South Africa Raymond Moore
6–4, 7–5
Winner 32. 1973 Seattle, U.S. United States Tom Gorman Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Frew McMillan
2–6, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 33. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay Romania Ilie Năstase Spain Antonio Muñoz
Spain Manuel Orantes
4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 34. 1973 Madrid, Spain Clay Romania Ilie Năstase Australia Bob Carmichael
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–0
Winner 35. 1973 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Arthur Ashe Australia Lew Hoad
South Africa Robert Maud
6–2, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 13. 1974 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet United States Marty Riessen Mexico Raúl Ramírez
Australia Tony Roche
3–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 14. 1974 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard United States Marty Riessen Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–4, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 15. 1974 Washington WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Marty Riessen South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–7, 3–6
Winner 36. 1974 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Marty Riessen South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 1974 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Marty Riessen South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–7, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 17. 1975 Bologna WCT, Italy Carpet United States Arthur Ashe Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Adriano Panatta
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 37. 1975 Barcelona WCT, Spain Carpet United States Arthur Ashe Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Adriano Panatta
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 18. 1975 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay United States Arthur Ashe South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
3–6, 2–6
Winner 38. 1975 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard United States Arthur Ashe South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–2
Winner 39. 1975 Stockholm WCT, Sweden Carpet United States Arthur Ashe France Patrice Dominguez
Australia Kim Warwick
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 19. 1975 Nottingham, England Grass United States Marty Riessen United States Charlie Pasarell
United States Roscoe Tanner
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 20. 1975 US Open, New York Clay United States Marty Riessen United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ilie Năstase
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 21. 1975 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i) Romania Ilie Năstase Poland Wojtek Fibak
West Germany Karl Meiler
4–6, 6–7
Winner 40. 1975 Hong Kong Hard Australia Ken Rosewall Australia Bob Carmichael
United States Sandy Mayer
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 22. 1976 Columbus WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Arthur Ashe South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 23. 1976 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet United States Arthur Ashe United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 24. 1976 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet United States Arthur Ashe Australia Rod Laver
South Africa Frew McMillan
1–6, 7–6, 6–7
Winner 41. 1976 Basel, Switzerland Carpet South Africa Frew McMillan Czechoslovakia Jiří Hřebec
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
6–4, 7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 25. 1976 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard South Africa Frew McMillan United States Marty Riessen
United States Roscoe Tanner
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 26. 1976 Stockholm WCT, Sweden Carpet Italy Adriano Panatta Soviet Union Alex Metreveli
Romania Ilie Năstase
4–6, 5–7
Winner 42. 1976 US Open, New York Clay United States Marty Riessen Australia Paul Kronk
Australia Cliff Letcher
6–4, 6–4
Winner 43. 1976 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i) United States Marty Riessen United States Fred McNair
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 27. 1976 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Marty Riessen South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 44. 1977 Birmingham WCT, United States Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Billy Martin
United States Bill Scanlon
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 28. 1977 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
1–6, 6–1, 3–6
Winner 45. 1977 Richmond WCT, United States Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak Australia Ross Case
Australia Tony Roche
6–4, 6–4
Winner 46. 1977 Mexico City WCT, Mexico Hard Poland Wojtek Fibak Romania Ilie Năstase
Italy Adriano Panatta
6–2, 6–3
Winner 47. 1977 Toronto Indoor WCT, Canada Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak Australia Ross Case
Australia Tony Roche
6–4, 6–1
Winner 48. 1977 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak India Vijay Amritraj
United States Dick Stockton
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 29. 1977 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak France François Jauffret
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
6–2, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 49. 1977 Charlotte WCT, Netherlands Carpet Australia Ken Rosewall Italy Corrado Barazzutti
Italy Adriano Panatta
6–1, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 50. 1977 Woodlands Doubles, U.S. Hard United States Marty Riessen United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–1
Winner 51. 1977 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 30. 1978 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
3–6, 2–6
Winner 52. 1978 Houston WCT, United States Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Tom Leonard
United States Mike Machette
7–5, 7–5
Winner 53. 1978 World Doubles WCT, United States Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–7, 6–4, 6–0, 6–3
Winner 54. 1978 Hamburg, Germany Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak Spain Antonio Muñoz
Paraguay Victor Pecci
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 31. 1978 Munich, Germany Clay West Germany Jürgen Fassbender Romania Ion Ţiriac
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6–3, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 55. 1978 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Australia Mark Edmondson South Africa Bob Hewitt
Australia Kim Warwick
6–4, 1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 56. 1978 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Mark Edmondson
7–6, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 57. 1978 Toronto, Canada Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak Switzerland Colin Dowdeswell
Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
6–3, 7–6
Winner 58. 1978 Woodlands Doubles, United States Hard Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Marty Riessen
United States Sherwood Stewart
7–6, 3–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 59. 1978 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 32. 1979 Birmingham, U.S. Carpet Romania Ilie Năstase United States Stan Smith
United States Dick Stockton
2–6, 3–6
Winner 60. 1979 Philadelphia, United States Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
5–7, 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 33. 1979 Denver, U.S. Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–7, 3–6
Winner 61. 1979 Memphis, United States Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak South Africa Frew McMillan
United States Dick Stockton
6–4, 6–4
Winner 62. 1979 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) Poland Wojtek Fibak Australia Bob Carmichael
United States Brian Teacher
6–3, 5–7, 7–6
Winner 63. 1979 Munich, Germany Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
France Jean-Louis Haillet
7–6, 7–5
Winner 64. 1979 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 6–3
Winner 65. 1979 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Romania Ilie Năstase United States Mike Cahill
Australia Colin Dibley
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 34. 1979 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 35. 1980 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 66. 1980 Birmingham, U.S. Carpet Poland Wojtek Fibak Argentina José Luis Clerc
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–3, 6–3
Winner 67. 1980 Cairo, Egypt Clay Egypt Ismail El Shafei France Christophe Freyss
France Bernard Fritz
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 68. 1980 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy United States Tony Giammalva
United Kingdom Buster Mottram
7–5, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 36. 1980 Bangkok, Thailand Carpet United States Dick Stockton United States Ferdi Taygan
United States Brian Teacher
6–7, 6–7

Grand Slam statistics[edit]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 SR
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 3R A A 1R QF SF A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 5
French Open A 2R 4R QF A SF A A A QF A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 6
Wimbledon 2R 1R 4R 2R QF QF 2R 4R A A 4R QF 3R 4R SF QF 3R 1R 0 / 16
US Open 1R A A A F 1R 4R SF 3R 4R 4R 2R 3R A 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 13
Grand Slam SR 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 40
Year End Ranking N/A 4 6 11 23 31 50 56 107 N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Editors, Tennis Magazine (1978-06-01). Tennis Strokes and Strategies. Simon & Schuster. pp. 36–40. ISBN 978-0-671-24201-5. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Okker of Netherlands Beats Hewitt in 5 Sets to Gain Italian Tennis Title". The New York Times. May 18, 1968. 
  3. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis : an authoritative encyclopedia and record book (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 461. ISBN 9780942257700. 
  4. ^ "Okker Takes Canadian Open Tennis". The Montreal Gazette. Aug 27, 1973. 
  5. ^ "Okker Wins Final in Hamburg Tennis". The New York Times. Aug 17, 1970. 
  6. ^ Prugh, Jeff (10 September 1968). "Ashe Win Restores U.S. Net Prestige". 
  7. ^ "TOM OKKER (The Flying Dutchman)". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Where Are They Now? Tom Okker". The Independent. 5 September 1995. 
  9. ^ "Tom Okker Art". Artnet.com. 

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See also[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Jan Janssen
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
1969
Succeeded by
Ard Schenk