Pierre Darmon

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Pierre Darmon
Country (sports)  France
Born (1934-01-14) 14 January 1934 (age 83)
Tunis, Tunisia
Turned pro 1950 (amateur tour)
Retired 1968
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Highest ranking No. 8 (1963, World's Top 10)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1965)
French Open F (1963)
Wimbledon 4R (1958, 1960, 1962, 1966)
US Open 4R (1963)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1963)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games SF – 3rd (1968, demonstration)

Pierre Darmon (born 14 January 1934) is a French former tennis player.

He was ranked No.8 in the world in 1963, and reached the top ten in 1958 and 1964.[1][2]

Tennis career[edit]

Darmon was French national junior champion in 1950.[citation needed] He was France's top-ranked tennis player from 1957 to 1969, and won the national title nine times in that period.[1] He also won the French national doubles championship in 1957 (with Paul Rémy), 1958 (with Robert Haillet), 1961 (with Gérard Pilet), and 1966 (with François Jauffret).

In 1963, Darmon was the runner-up in singles at the French Open, where he was defeated in the final by Roy Emerson in four sets.[3] Also in 1963, he reached the finals at Wimbledon in doubles, along with partner Jean Claude Barclay.[1]

He was international veterans mixed double champion with his wife Rosie Darmon in 1961, and in 1968 and 1975 with Gail Chanfreau.

Davis Cup[edit]

Darmon was a member of France’s Davis Cup Team from 1956–67, winning 44 of the 68 matches in which he participated.[1] Darmon holds France's record for the most wins and most singles victories. He played in 34 Davis Cup ties for France, second only to compatriot Francois Jauffret who played one more. In 2002 he received the The Davis Cup Award of Excellence.[4]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1963 French Championships Clay Australia Roy Emerson 6–3, 1–6, 4–6, 4–6

Doubles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1963 Wimbledon Championships Grass France Jean-Claude Barclay Mexico Antonio Palafox
Mexico Rafael Osuna
6–4, 2–6, 2–6, 2–6

Hall of Fame and Award[edit]

Darmon, who is Jewish, was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Pierre Darmon". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Pierre Darmon". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Emerson On Way To Slam.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). ACT: National Library of Australia. 28 May 1963. p. 24. 
  4. ^ "The Davis Cup Award of Excellence". www.tennisfame.com. International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

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