Irvin Dorfman

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Irvin Dorfman
Full nameIrvin Sherrod Dorfman
Country (sports) United States
BornSeptember 3, 1924
Brooklyn, New York City, USA
DiedOctober 8, 2006(2006-10-08) (aged 82)
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQF (1950)
Wimbledon3R (1950, 1952)
US Open3R (1947, 1953, 1956)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1950, 1952)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (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 ranked No. 15 in singles in the United States in 1947, and No. 3 in doubles in the U.S. in 1948.

Early and personal life[edit]

He was born in Brooklyn, the son of Belle and Nat Dorfman, and was Jewish.[2][3] During World War 2, he was in the US Navy.[4] He was married to Eileen Merl Dorfman and Jane Randall, with whom he had a daughter, Andrea Dorfman. He had a younger sister, Marcia Katz. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia.

Tennis career[edit]

Dorfman played his collegiate tennis at Yale University.[5] In 1946 he won the Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Title.[6] He graduated from that Ivy League school in 1947.[3][7]

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.[8]

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

He died in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2006.[9]


  1. ^ Obituary, 15 October 2006.
  2. ^ Jewish Post 11 July 1952 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program
  3. ^ a b Jewish Post 1 April 1949 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program
  4. ^ Columbia Alumni News - Google Books
  5. ^ Gonzales Sights Indoor Net Crown
  6. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler - Google Books
  7. ^ Dorfman, Irv : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum
  8. ^ Head Tops Lewis for Tennis Title
  9. ^ "Obituary: Irvin Sherrod Dorfman". The News & Observer. October 10, 2006.

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