George Hardie (tennis)

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George Hardie
Country (sports) United States United States
Born (1953-02-19) February 19, 1953 (age 64)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Turned pro 1975
Plays Left-handed
Singles
Career record 76-141
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 80 (January 30, 1978)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1978)
French Open 2R (1978)
Wimbledon 1R (1978, 1980)
US Open 2R (1973)
Doubles
Career record 68-137
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1973, 1977, 1978)
French Open 1R (1976, 1978, 1980)
Wimbledon 2R (1976)
US Open 2R (1973, 1974, 1977)

George Hardie (born February 19, 1953) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.[1]

Career[edit]

Hardie went to college at Southern Methodist University and was runner-up to Billy Martin in the 1975 NCAA Division One final. He had dropped just one game in winning the first two sets, but lost the match in five.[2]

He also lost to Billy Martin at the Arkansas International Tennis Tournament that year.[3] It would remain the only final that he reached on the Grand Prix tennis circuit. He made semi-finals at Baltimore in 1978 (where he defeated Adriano Panatta) and Costa Rica in 1979.[3] His quarter-final appearances included Stockholm in 1977, Guadalajara in 1978, Philadelphia in 1979 (where he had a win over Ilie Năstase), Palm Harbor in 1980 and San Juan in 1981.[3]

Hardie appeared in the main singles draw of 16 Grand Slam tournaments over the course of his career but won just three of his matches.[3]

Post tennis[edit]

Hardie settled in Dallas, Texas and is involved in the wind technology industry.[4][5]

Grand Prix/WCT career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1975 Little Rock, United States Carpet United States Billy Martin 2–6, 6–7

Doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1978 Lagos, Nigeria Clay India Sashi Menon Switzerland Colin Dowdeswell
West Germany Jurgen Fassbender
6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 1978 Cairo, Egypt Clay Argentina Lito Álvarez Egypt Ismail El Shafei
New Zealand Brian Fairlie
3–6, 5–7, 2–6

Challenger titles[edit]

Doubles: (1)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1981 San Luis Potosi, Mexico Clay Australia Brad Drewett United States Rich Andrews
United States Kevin Cook
5–7, 6–3, 7–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile - HARDIE, George (USA)". ITF Tennis. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  2. ^ Heufelder, Bill (1975-06-25). "A Hardie Last Hurrah As A Tennis Amateur". Google News Archive Search. The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d "George Hardie". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  4. ^ Hardie, George (March 1988). "George Hardie Remembers...". D Magazine. Retrieved 2016-05-15. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Q&A: Wind energy pioneer George Hardie". Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate Magazine. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2016-05-15.