Charles Strode

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Charles Strode
Country (sports) United States United States
Born (1957-09-05) September 5, 1957 (age 59)
El Cajon, California
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $108,448
Career record 8–23
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 158 (December 22, 1980)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1982, 1983)
French Open 1R (1982)
Career record 54–84
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 50 (January 3, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1982)
French Open 3R (1984)
Wimbledon QF (1985)
US Open QF (1982)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open F (1983)
Wimbledon SF (1982, 1983)
US Open 2R (1982)

Charles "Buzz" Strode (born September 5, 1957) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.


Strode was most successful at doubles, often playing beside his brother Morris "Skip" Strode.[1] It was with his brother that he made the men's doubles quarter-finals at the US Open and Australian Open in 1982.[1] His other Grand Slam quarter-final appearance in the men's doubles, at the 1985 Wimbledon Championships, was with South African Eddie Edwards.[1] Strode and his brother won the 1982 Hong Kong and were also runners-up in Bangkok that year.[1]

He made one Grand Slam mixed doubles final, which was with Leslie Allen at the 1983 French Open.[2] They lost the final to fellow Americans Barbara Jordan and Eliot Teltscher.[3]

Strode competed in the singles draw at three Grand Slam tournaments, but lost in the opening round each time, to Gustavo Tiberti at the 1982 French Open, Rod Frawley at the 1982 Australian Open and Mark Edmondson at the 1983 Australian Open.[1] His best singles performance on the Grand Prix tennis circuit came at the Tokyo Outdoor tournament, where he had a win over Tim Gullikson, en route to the quarter-finals.[1]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1983 French Open Clay United States Leslie Allen United States Barbara Jordan
United States Eliot Teltscher
2–6, 3–6

Grand Prix career finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome No Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1982 Hong Kong Hard United States Morris Skip Strode Australia Kim Warwick
United States Van Winitsky
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1982 Bangkok, Thailand Carpet United States Morris Skip Strode United States Mike Bauer
United States John Benson
5–7, 6–3, 3–6

Challenger titles[edit]

Doubles: (7)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1982 Chigasaki, Japan Clay United States Morris Skip Strode India Sashi Menon
United States Walter Redondo
6–3, 6–4
2. 1982 Nagareyama, Japan Hard United States Morris Skip Strode India Sashi Menon
United States Walter Redondo
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
3. 1982 Sao Paulo, Brazil Clay United States Morris Skip Strode Peru Pablo Arraya
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
6–1, 6–4
4. 1983 Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Morris Skip Strode United States David Dowlen
United States Jeff Turpin
6–3, 6–4
5. 1984 Agadir, Morocco Clay United States Morris Skip Strode Spain Juan Avendaño
Spain Emilio Sánchez
6–3, 6–4
6. 1985 Ogun, Nigeria Hard United States Chris Dunk United States Egan Adams
United States Mark Wooldridge
7–5, 2–6, 6–3
7. 1986 Enugu, Nigeria Hard Czechoslovakia Stanislav Birner United States Brett Buffington
United States Ted Erck
6–4, 7–6