Torben Ulrich

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Torben Ulrich
Torben Ulrich 1957.jpg
Torben Ulrich in 1957
Full name Torben Ulrich
Country  Denmark
Residence Tiburon, USA
Born (1928-10-04) October 4, 1928 (age 86)
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Retired Retired
Plays Left-handed
Official website
Career record 97–145
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 96 (October 15, 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1971)
French Open 4R (1959)
Wimbledon 4R (1959)
US Open 4R (1953, 1956, 1964, 1968)
Career record 38–87
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1971)
French Open QF (1968)
Wimbledon SF (1959)
US Open 2R (1968, 1972, 1973, 1975)

Torben Ulrich (born October 4, 1928) is a Danish writer, musician, filmmaker, and former professional tennis player.[1]

Life and career[edit]

He was born on October 4, 1928, the son of Ulla (née Meyer) and tennis player Einer Ulrich. Ulrich played on the tennis tour from the late 1940s into the 1970s, and on the Tennis Grand Masters tour in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1976 he was the top-ranked senior player in the world. Ulrich played more than 100 Davis Cup matches for Denmark.[2] In 1977, at a month shy of 49, he became the oldest Davis Cup player in history.[1]

Ulrich is the father of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.[1] In 2005 he founded the musical group "Instead Of", composed of Lori Goldston, cello; Angelina Baldoz, trumpet and flutes; Jaison Scott, drums; and Torben Ulrich, voice/texts.[3]

He now lives in Tiburon, California.


  1. ^ a b c O'Keefe, Kevin (July–August 2002). "On Court With Lars Ulrich". Tennis 38 (6): 18. ISSN 0040-3423. 
  2. ^ Wertheim, Jon (1 October 2004). "Enter Sandman's father: Metallica's 'first dad,' Torben Ulrich...". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 16 September 2011. And though it barely registers a line on his uber-resume, Torben was also a longtime fixture on the tennis tour, a smooth and, not surprisingly, cerebral, left-hander who reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open, the third round of Wimbledon and played more than 100 Davis Cup ties for Denmark. 
  3. ^ Instead Of.

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