José Luis Clerc
16 August 1958 |
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (3 August 1981)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1980)|
|French Open||SF (1981, 1982)|
|US Open||4R (1979, 1981)|
|Tour Finals||QF (1982)|
|WCT Finals||QF (1982)|
|Highest ranking||No. 30 (8 October 1979)|
Right handed, Batata Clerc started playing professionally in 1977, and won 25 ATP titles, and retired in 1988. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 4 on 4 August 1981, following a run of 27 victories and four titles in one month, and had year-ending world rankings of No. 8 in 1980, No. 5 in 1981, No. 6 in 1982, and No. 8 in 1983.
Clerc represented Argentina for the Davis Cup from 1976 to 1989. With team mate Guillermo Vilas, Argentina was runner up of the 1981 Davis Cup losing 3–1 to United States in Cincinnati. He defeated Roscoe Tanner 7-5, 6-3, 8-6 in a singles match, but lost to John McEnroe in five sets, and to Fleming/McEnroe in doubles with Vilas.
Clerc reached the semifinals at Roland Garros two consecutive years. In 1981, in the quarterfinal beating Jimmy Connors in an epic 5 setter, then he faced Ivan Lendl who survived a match point in the fourth set.This changed the momentum (maybe it would have changed Clerc’s entire career) and he eventually lost in 5 sets against the top Czechoslovak player who advanced into his first Grand Slam final. In less than 48 hours later, Lendl had to play another 5 setter against Bjorn Borg, and it was too much for the fatigued No. 5 seeded player. If Clerc hadn’t pushed Lendl to the limit, he probably would have had better and real chance versus Borg to win his maiden Major final. The rest of the story is now history; Lendl lost his first 4 Grand Slam finals and this negative record (0-4) would have burden him in his entire career and gave reason to draw parallel with Andy Murray‘s Grand Slam career. In 1982, the rising star, Mats Wilander was his opponent in the semifinal in Paris and the Swede talent defeated Clerc in 4 sets, then beating Vilas in the final winning the French Open.
Clerc runs a tennis school in Argentina, participates in Senior tournaments, and regularly serves as a tennis analyst for ESPN Latin America and ESPN Deportes. He also coaches Julia Cohen, a top American junior player.
Clerc is currently developing and will serve as director of the "José Luis Clerc Tennis Academy" at Algodon Wine Estates in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina. He also serves as Ambassador to the "Algodon" brand.
|Grand Slam (0)|
|Year-End Championships (0)|
|Grand Prix Super Series (1)|
|Grand Prix / WCT Tour (24)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|1.||21 May 1978||Florence, Italy||Clay||Patrice Dominguez||6–4, 6–2, 6–1|
|2.||26 November 1978||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Víctor Pecci||6–4, 6–4|
|3.||4 December 1978||Santiago de Chile, Chile||Clay||Víctor Pecci||3–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|4.||16 April 1979||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Deon Joubert||6–2, 6–1|
|5.||10 March 1980||San José de Costa Rica, Costa Rica||Hard||Jimmy Connors||4–6, 2–6, retired|
|6.||28 July 1980||South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.||Clay||John McEnroe||6–3, 6–2|
|7.||4 August 1980||Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.||Clay||Mel Purcell||7–5, 6–3|
|8.||29 September 1980||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–3, 1–6, 1–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|9.||3 November 1980||Quito, Ecuador||Clay||Víctor Pecci||6–4, 1–6, 10–8|
|10.||17 November 1980||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Rolf Gehring||6–7, 2–6, 7–5, 6–0, 6–3|
|11.||11 May 1981||Florence, Italy||Clay||Raúl Ramírez||6–1, 6–2|
|12.||18 May 1981||Italian Open, Rome||Clay||Víctor Pecci||6–3, 6–4, 6–0|
|13.||13 July 1981||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Clay||Hans Gildemeister||0–6, 6–2, 6–2|
|14.||20 July 1981||Washington D.C.||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||7–5, 6–2|
|15.||28 July 1981||North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S.||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–3, 6–2|
|16.||3 August 1981||Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.||Clay||Ivan Lendl||4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|17.||8 February 1982||Richmond, Virginia, U.S.||Carpet||Fritz Buehning||3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3|
|18.||7 June 1982||Venice, Italy||Clay||Peter McNamara||7–6, 6–1|
|19.||5 July 1982||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–1, 6–3, 6–2|
|20.||12 July 1982||Zell am See, Austria||Clay||Heinz Günthardt||6–0, 3–6, 6–2, 6–1|
|21.||15 November 1982||Sao Paulo, Brazil||Clay||Marcos Hocevar||6–2, 6–7, 6–3|
|22.||24 January 1983||Guarujá, Brazil||Hard||Mats Wilander||3–6, 7–5, 6–1|
|23.||11 July 1983||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Clay||Jimmy Arias||6–3, 6–1|
|24.||18 July 1983||Washington D.C., U.S.||Clay||Jimmy Arias||6–3, 3–6, 6–0|
|25.||25 July 1983||North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S.||Clay||Andrés Gómez||6–3, 6–1|
Jose Luis Clerc is married to Annalie and has two sons & a daughter, Juan Pablo 9/23/81, Dominique 1/12/84 & Nicolas 10/19/90.
- "Where to Go Next". 16 September 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
Argentine Tennis Great, Jose Luis Clerc, Partners with Algodon Wine Estates To Develop Professional Tennis Academy