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 International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, and inducted into the University of California at Los Angeles Hall of Fame in 2006.[4] In 2017, he was inducted into the SCTA Hall of Fame.[citation needed]

Flam reached his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. championships in 1950, beating Bill Talbert and Gardnar Mulloy before losing to Arthur Larsen.[5]. At Wimbledon 1951 Flam beat Frank Sedgman before losing to Dick Savitt in the semi finals.[6]. In 1952 Flam beat Mulloy and Vic Seixas before losing in the semis to Jaroslav Drobny.[7]. In the 1956 Australian Championshops, Flam beat Ashley Cooper before losing in the semi finals to Ken Rosewall.[8]. At the 1957 French championships Flam beat Mervyn Rose in a five set semi final before losing easily to Sven Davidson in the final.[9]. At the U. S. championships, Flam beat Seixas before losing to Cooper in the semi finals.[10]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1957 French Championships Clay Sweden Sven Davidson 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 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. ^ Herb Flam Inducted Into UCLA Athletics Hall Of Fame
  5. ^ "U. S. Open 1950". www.tennis.co.nf.
  6. ^ "Wimbledon 1951". www.tennis.co.nf.
  7. ^ "Wimbledon 1952". www.tennis.co.nf.
  8. ^ "Australian Open 1956". www.tennis.co.nf.
  9. ^ "French Open 1957". www.tennis.co.nf.
  10. ^ "U. S. Open 1957". www.tennis.co.nf.

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