Herbert Flam

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Herbert Flam
Country (sports) United States
Born(1928-11-07)November 7, 1928
New York City, United States
DiedNovember 25, 1980(1980-11-25) (aged 52)
Turned pro1945 (amateur tour)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record382-131
Career titles20
Highest rankingNo. 4 (1957, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1956)
French OpenF (1957)
WimbledonSF (1951, 1952)
US OpenF (1950)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1956, 1957)

Herbert Flam (November 7, 1928 – November 25, 1980) was an American tennis player who in 1957 was ranked by Lance Tingay as the World No. 4 amateur (and World No. 5 by Adrian Quist).[1][2]


He was inducted into the International Tennis Association Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987,[3] inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1990,[4] inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, and inducted into the University of California at Los Angeles Hall of Fame in 2006.[5] In 2017, he was inducted into the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame.[6]

He was born in New York City, and was Jewish.[7][8][9]

Flam reached his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. championships in 1950, beating Bill Talbert and Gardnar Mulloy before losing to Art Larsen.[10] That year he was ranked Number 2 in the United States.[11]

In 1951 he won the Ojai Tennis Tournament in men's singles.[12] At Wimbledon 1951 Flam beat Frank Sedgman before losing to Dick Savitt in the semifinals.[13] That year he was ranked Number 4 in the US.[11]

In 1952 Flam beat Mulloy and Vic Seixas before losing in the semis to Jaroslav Drobny.[13] That year he was ranked Number 5 in the US.[11] In the 1956 Australian Championships, Flam beat Ashley Cooper before losing in the semifinals to Ken Rosewall.[14][15] In September 1956 Flam won the singles title at the Pacific Southwest Championships, defeating Rosewall in the final in five sets.[16] That year he was ranked Number 2 in the US.[11]

At the 1957 French championships Flam beat Mervyn Rose in a five-set semifinal before losing in straight sets to Sven Davidson in the final.[17] At the U. S. championships, Flam beat Seixas before losing to Cooper in the semi finals.[17] That year he was ranked Number 2 in the US, behind Seixas.[11]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (2 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1957 French Championships Clay Sweden Sven Davidson 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Loss 1950 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Art Larsen 3–6, 6–4, 7–5, 4–6, 3–6

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
  2. ^ "Times Have Changed, Says Adrian Quist", The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 1957.
  3. ^ "ITA Men's Hall of Fame".
  4. ^ "Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Home". scjewishsportshof.com.
  5. ^ Herb Flam Inducted Into UCLA Athletics Hall Of Fame
  6. ^ "Sampras Webster Headed to SCTA Hall of Fame". UCLA.
  7. ^ Great Jews in Sports. J. David Publishers. 2000. ISBN 9780824604332.
  8. ^ Jewish Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes Past and Present. Kar-Ben Publishing ™. January 2014. ISBN 9781512490312.
  9. ^ Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports. Bloch Publishing Company. 1965.
  10. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1951). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1951. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. pp. 181–182, 184.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Maintenance Page". www.usta.com.
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ a b "Wimbledon player archive – Herbie Flam". AELTC.
  14. ^ Collins, Bud (2016). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (3rd ed.). New York: New Chapter Press. p. 385. ISBN 978-1-937559-38-0.
  15. ^ "Championship tennis". The Argus (Melbourne). 30 January 1956. p. 14 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1957). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual 1957. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 262.
  17. ^ a b G.P. Hughes, ed. (1958). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual 1958. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. pp. 201–203, 247–250.

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