Ian Vermaak

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Ian Vermaak
Full name Ian C. Vermaak
Country (sports) South Africa South Africa
Born (1933-03-28) 28 March 1933 (age 83)
Empangeni, Natal, South Africa
Turned pro 1953 (amateur tour)
Retired 1960 (brief periods of activity afterwards)
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Highest ranking No. 10 (1959, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open F (1959)
Wimbledon 4R (1960)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1960)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 4R (1959)
Team competitions
Davis Cup QF (1964(EU))

Ian Vermaak (born 28 March 1933) is a former tennis player competing for South Africa. As the No. 4 seed he finished runner-up to Nicola Pietrangeli in the singles final of the Amateur French Championships of Roland-Garros in 1959,[2] after having reached earlier in the season the Hamburg International German Tennis Championships final, losing to William Knight.

His best result at the Wimbledon Championships was in 1960 when he reached the fourth round in the singles event which he lost in five sets to Ramanathan Krishnan.[3]

Vermaak competed for the South African Davis Cup team in six ties between 1953 and 1960 and compiled a record of five wins and seven losses.[4] In 1956 he won the singles title of the South African Championships, defeating Torsten Johansson in the final in fives sets. In 1959 he defeated his countryman Ray Weedon in the final of the 71st Southampton Grass Court Championships on Long Island, New York.[5]

Vermaak was ranked World No. 10 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph in 1959.[1]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0-1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1959 French Championships Clay (Red) Italy Nicola Pietrangeli 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–1


  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 425.
  2. ^ "Roland-Garros 1959 (Grand Slam) - Men's singles" (PDF). fft.fr. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  3. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Ian Vermaak". AELTC. 
  4. ^ "Davis Cup – Player archive". ITF. 
  5. ^ "Vermaak Cops N.Y. Net Test". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 3 August 1959. 

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