Eddie Dibbs playing against Björn Borg in the final of an exhibition tournament in Rotterdam.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Born||February 23, 1951|
Brooklyn, New York
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Turned pro||1972 (amateur tour from 1970)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand) |
|Career record||603–261 (69.8%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (July 24, 1978)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||SF (1975, 1976)|
|US Open||QF (1975, 1976, 1979)|
|Tour Finals||SF (1978)|
|WCT Finals||F (1978)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (1976)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||QF (1975)|
|US Open||4R (1972)|
Eddie Dibbs (born February 23, 1951) is a retired American tennis player also nicknamed "Fast Eddie". He attained a career-high singles ranking of world No. 5 in July 1978, winning 22 titles and being a runner-up another 20 times.
Dibbs holds the record number of ATP Tour career match wins for a player who never reached a Grand Slam final. He did reach two semifinals, both at Roland Garros, losing to Guillermo Vilas in 1975 and to Adriano Panatta in 1976. His most significant victory was defeating Jimmy Connors, 1–6, 6–1, 7–5 in London on carpet.
In 1976, only one other American player, Connors, had a better record than Dibbs. In 1977, Dibbs was the 2nd highest ranked American in the tour. In the 1978 season, he ended the year as the leading money winner on the professional tennis tour.
Dibbs was consistently ranked in the top 10 tour rankings for five years from 1975 to 1979. He is also the American tennis player with most singles victories in clay ever in the Open Era and is the 7th tennis player in history with the most singles victories on clay.
Dibbs is credited with coining the tennis term "bagel" to describe a 6-0 set. Dibbs played doubles with Harold Solomon. They were nicknamed "The Bagel Twins" by Bud Collins. In 1976, they were ranked No. 4 worldwide, and they were among the top ten also in 1974, 1975 and 1976.
Dibbs was born in Brooklyn, New York to Lebanese parents. His family moved to Miami when he was a youngster where he started playing at a young age. He attended the University of Miami for three years before turning professional. At the University of Miami he compiled a 93% winning record and was an NCAA All-American twice. He was inducted in the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
Singles: 42 (22 wins, 20 losses)
|Win||1.||1973||Jackson, Mississippi, US||Hard (i)||Frew McMillan||5–7, 6–1, 7–5|
|Win||2.||1973||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Karl Meiler||6–1, 3–6, 7–6, 6–3|
|Win||3.||1973||Fort Worth, US||Hard||Brian Gottfried||7–5, 6–2, 6–4|
|Win||4.||1974||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Hans-Joachim Plötz||6–2, 6–2, 6–3|
|Loss||1.||1974||Paris Indoor, France||Hard (i)||Brian Gottfried||3–6, 7–5, 6–8, 0–6|
|Win||5.||1975||Tehran, Iran||Clay||Iván Molina||1–6, 6–4, 7–5, 6–4|
|Win||6.||1975||London, UK||Carpet (i)||Jimmy Connors||1–6, 6–1, 7–5|
|Win||7.||1976||Monterrey WCT, Mexico||Carpet||Harold Solomon||7–6, 6–2|
|Win||8.||1976||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Cliff Drysdale||6–1, 6–1|
|Loss||2.||1976||Mexico City, Mexico||Clay||Raúl Ramírez||6–7, 2–6|
|Win||9.||1976||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Manuel Orantes||6–4, 4–6, 6–1, 2–6, 6–1|
|Loss||3.||1976||Cincinnati, US||Clay||Roscoe Tanner||6–7, 3–6|
|Loss||4.||1976||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Manuel Orantes||6–7, 2–6, 1–6|
|Loss||5.||1976||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Manuel Orantes||1–6, 6–2, 6–2, 5–7, 4–6|
|Win||10.||1976||Paris Indoor, France||Hard (i)||Jaime Fillol||5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6|
|Win||11.||1977||Miami, US||Clay||Raúl Ramírez||6–0, 6–3|
|Win||12.||1977||London, UK||Hard (i)||Vitas Gerulaitis||7–6, 6–7, 6–4|
|Loss||6.||1977||Charlotte, US||Clay||Corrado Barazzutti||6–7, 0–6|
|Loss||7.||1977||Louisville, US||Hard||Guillermo Vilas||6–1, 0–6, 1–6|
|Loss||8.||1977||Boston, US||Clay||Manuel Orantes||6–7, 5–7, 4–6|
|Loss||9.||1977||Tehran, Iran||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||2–6, 4–6, 6–1, 1–6|
|Win||13.||1977||Oviedo, Spain||Hard||Raúl Ramírez||6–4, 6–1|
|Loss||10.||1978||St. Louis WCT, US||Carpet (i)||Sandy Mayer||6–7, 4–6|
|Loss||11.||1978||Dayton, US||Carpet (i)||Brian Gottfried||6–2, 4–6, 6–7|
|Win||14.||1978||Tulsa, US||Hard (i)||Pat DuPré||6–7, 6–2, 7–5|
|Loss||12.||1978||WCT Finals, Dallas||Carpet (i)||Vitas Gerulaitis||3–6, 2–6, 1–6|
|Win||15.||1978||Cincinnati, US||Clay||Raúl Ramírez||6–2, 6–3|
|Loss||13.||1978||Washington, US||Clay||Jimmy Connors||5–7, 5–7|
|Win||16.||1978||North Conway, US||Clay||John Alexander||6–4, 6–4|
|Win||17.||1978||Toronto, Canada||Clay||José Luis Clerc||5–7, 6–4, 6–1|
|Loss||14.||1979||Birmingham, US||Hard||Jimmy Connors||2–6, 6–3, 5–7|
|Loss||15.||1979||Tulsa, US||Hard (i)||Jimmy Connors||7–6, 5–7, 1–6|
|Win||18.||1979||Forest Hills, US||Clay||Harold Solomon||7–6, 6–1|
|Loss||16.||1979||Columbus, US||Clay||Brian Gottfried||3–6, 0–6|
|Loss||17.||1979||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Hans Gildemeister||4–6, 3–6, 1–6|
|Win||19.||1980||Sarasota, US||Clay||Andrés Gómez||6–1, 6–1|
|Loss||18.||1980||Houston, US||Clay||Ivan Lendl||1–6, 3–6|
|Win||20.||1980||Boston, US||Clay||Gene Mayer||6–2, 6–1|
|Loss||19.||1980||North Conway, US||Clay||Jimmy Connors||3–6, 7–5, 1–6|
|Win||21.||1981||Forest Hills, US||Clay||Carlos Kirmayr||6–3, 6–2|
|Win||22.||1981||Quito, Ecuador||Clay||David Carter||3–6, 6–0, 7–5|
|Loss||20.||1982||Forest Hills, US||Clay||Ivan Lendl||1–6, 1–6|
Grand Slam singles performance timeline
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0|
|French Open||A||1R||4R||SF||SF||2R||QF||QF||3R||3R||0 / 9|
|Wimbledon||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1|
|US Open||2R||1R||A||QF||QF||3R||3R||QF||2R||A||0 / 8|
|Win–Loss||1–1||0–2||4–2||9–2||9–2||3–2||6–2||8–2||3–2||2–1||0 / 18|
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