Irvin Dorfman

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Irvin Dorfman
Full name Irvin Sherrod Dorfman
Country (sports)  United States
Born September 3, 1924
Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Died October 8, 2006(2006-10-08) (aged 82)
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1950)
Wimbledon 3R (1950, 1952)
US Open 3R (1947, 1953, 1956)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 2R (1950, 1952)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 2R (1956)

Irvin "Irv" Sherrod Dorfman (September 3, 1924 – October 8, 2006)[1] was an outstanding amateur American tennis player in the 1940s and 1950s.

He was born in Brooklyn, the son of Belle and Nat Dorfman. He was ranked No. 15 in singles in the United States in 1947, and No. 3 in doubles in the U.S. in 1948.

Tennis career[edit]

Dorfman reached the quarterfinal of the 1950 French Championships in which he lost to eventual champion and compatriot Budge Patty.

At the Cincinnati Masters, Dorfman reached the 1948 singles final, only to fall to Herbert "Buddy" Behrens in a match that lasted 64 games: 5–7, 9–11, 6–2, 8–6, 4–6. To this day, it is the longest final in games in the history of the Cincinnati tournament, which started in 1899 and is now the oldest tournament played in its original city in the United States.

Dorfman also won the doubles title in 1948 in Cincinnati, partnering with future International Tennis Hall of Fame enshrinee Pancho Gonzalez.[2]

Dorfman played his collegiate tennis at Yale University.[3] He graduated from that Ivy League school in 1947.

He was married to Eileen Merl Dorfman, with whom he had a daughter, Andrea Dorfman. He had a younger sister, Marcia Katz. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia. He died in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2006.[4]


  1. ^ Obituary, 15 October 2006.
  2. ^ Head Tops Lewis for Tennis Title
  3. ^ Gonzales Sights Indoor Net Crown
  4. ^ "Obituary: Irvin Sherrod Dorfman". The News & Observer. October 10, 2006. 

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