Clarence Clark (tennis)

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Clarence Clark
Full name Clarence Munroe Clark
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1859-08-27)August 27, 1859
Germantown, PA
Died June 29, 1937(1937-06-29) (aged 77)
Germantown, PA
Turned pro 1881 (amateur tour)
Retired 1885
Int. Tennis HoF 1983 (member page)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open F (1882)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1881)

Clarence Munroe Clark (August 27, 1859 – June 29, 1937) was an American tennis player active near the end of the 19th century.


Born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was part of a distinguished family from Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1878.

In 1881, he became the first secretary of the United States Lawn Tennis Association. That same year, he won the first doubles tournament in the U.S. National Championships (later called the U.S. Open), playing with Frederick Winslow Taylor, after defeating first the favored Richard Sears/James Dwight, and in the final round, Alexander Van Rensselaer/Arthur Newbold. In 1882, he reached the final of the championships, where he lost to reigning champion Sears in straight sets. Clark also reached the semifinals in 1884.

He married the sister of his doubles partner, Taylor, who would go on to a noted career as an engineer and organizational theorist.

Clark endowed a professorship in Mountain Agriculture at Berea College.[1]

He died on June 29, 1937, at the age of 77, at his home, Cedron (house), in Germantown, Philadelphia.[2]

He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983, joining his brother Joseph Clark, who was inducted in 1955.


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  2. ^ "Clarence Clark, Financier, was 77. Partner in Philadelphia Firm of Private Bankers Dies. Executive in Utilities". New York Times. June 30, 1937. Retrieved 2010-12-09. Clarence Munroe Clark, banker and sportsman, died today at his estate, Cedron, in Germantown, after an illness of seven months. He was in his seventy-eighth year. 

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