Carole Caldwell Graebner

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Carole Caldwell Graebner
USA Fed Cup 1966 Turin.jpg
Carole Caldwell Graebner, Julie Heldman and Billie Jean King in 1966
ITF name Carole Graebner
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1943-06-24)June 24, 1943
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died November 19, 2008(2008-11-19) (aged 65)
New York, USA
Highest ranking No.4 (1964)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1966)
French Open 1R (1966)
Wimbledon 4R (1964)
US Open F (1964)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1966)
Wimbledon SF (1965)
US Open W (1965)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1965, 1966)
Wimbledon QF (1965)
US Open QF (1967)

Carole Caldwell Graebner (June 24, 1943 – November 19, 2008) was an American tennis player. According to Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Graebner was ranked in the world top ten in 1964 and 1965, reaching a career high of World No. 4 in those rankings in 1964.[1] Graebner was included in the year-end top ten rankings issued by the United States Lawn Tennis Association from 1961 through 1965 and in 1967. She was the third-ranked U.S. player in 1964 and 1965.[2] She was ranked U.S. No. 1 in doubles in 1963.[3]

Career summary[edit]

Graebner paired with Nancy Richey Gunter to win doubles titles at the U.S. National Championships in 1965 (defeating Billie Jean King and Karen Hantze Susman in the final) and the Australian Championships in 1966 (defeating Margaret Court and Lesley Turner Bowrey in the final).

Graebner lost to Maria Bueno in the singles final of the 1964 U.S. Championships, winning only a single game.[4]

Graebner won the doubles title at the U.S. Women's Clay Court Championships in 1964 and 1965.

In 1961 at the tournament in Cincinnati, Caldwell won the doubles title with Cathie Gagel and lost the singles final to Peachy Kellmeyer.

Caldwell won the Pacific Southwest singles title in 1962 and 1965 and won a gold medal in doubles at the 1963 Pan American Games.

Graebner was on the first U.S. Federation Cup team and attended California State University, Los Angeles.

After her playing career ended, Graebner was a radio and television commentator and a vice president with Tennis Week magazine. She also served in sales and administration with Sports Investors, Inc.

Graebner served the United States Tennis Association (USTA) by chairing the Fed Cup Committee and being vice chair of the Wightman Cup Committee. She was the recipient of the USTA Service Bowl Award in 1989 and the Sarah Palfrey Danzig Award in 1991. She was named Eastern Tennis Association Woman of the Year in 1989.


Caldwell was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Santa Monica, California. On July 11, 1964 she married American tennis star Clark Graebner. They had two children, a daughter, Cameron, and a son, Clark. The couple separated in 1975 but never divorced.

Graebner died in New York City following a brief battle with cancer on November 19, 2008.[3] She was 65.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
Runner-up 1964 U.S. Championships Brazil Maria Bueno 1–6, 0–6

Doubles: 2 (2 titles, 0 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1965 U.S. Championships United States Nancy Richey United States Billie Jean King
United States Karen Susman
6–4, 6–4
Winner 1966 Australian Championships United States Nancy Richey Australia Margaret Smith
Australia Lesley Turner
6–4, 7–5

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 Career SR
Australian Championships A A A A A A QF SF A A A A A A 0 / 2
French Championships A A A A A A A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon A A A 3R 3R 4R 2R A 2R A 2R 2R A 1R 0 / 8
United States 1R 2R 1R 4R 4R F QF A 4R 1R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 12
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 23

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 703. ISBN 0-942257-41-3. 
  2. ^ United States Tennis Association (1988). 1988 Official USTA Tennis Yearbook. Lynn, Massachusetts: H.O. Zimman, Inc. p. 261. 
  3. ^ a b US Tennis Legend Carole Graebner Has Died At 65
  4. ^ "U.S. Tennis Picture Darkens: Emerson, Bueno Win Crowns". St. Petersburg Times. Sep 14, 1964. 

External links[edit]

Carole Caldwell Graebner at the International Tennis Federation