Carole Caldwell Graebner
Carole Caldwell Graebner, Julie Heldman and Billie Jean King in 1966
|ITF name||Carole Graebner|
|Country (sports)||United States|
June 24, 1943|
|Died||November 19, 2008
New York, USA
|Highest ranking||No.4 (1964)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1966)|
|French Open||1R (1966)|
|US Open||F (1964)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1966)|
|US Open||W (1965)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1965, 1966)|
|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. 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. She was ranked U.S. No. 1 in doubles in 1963.
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 won the doubles title at the U.S. Women's Clay Court Championships in 1964 and 1965.
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. She was 65.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Result||Year||Championship||Opponent in final||Score in final|
|Runner-up||1964||U.S. Championships||Maria Bueno||1–6, 0–6|
Doubles: 2 (2 titles, 0 runners-up)
|Result||Year||Championship||Partner||Opponents in final||Score in final|
|Winner||1965||U.S. Championships||Nancy Richey|| Billie Jean King
|Winner||1966||Australian Championships||Nancy Richey|| Margaret Smith
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline
|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.
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- US Tennis Legend Carole Graebner Has Died At 65
- "U.S. Tennis Picture Darkens: Emerson, Bueno Win Crowns". St. Petersburg Times. Sep 14, 1964.