|Country (sports)||United States|
November 4, 1943 |
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
|Height||6'2" (188 cm)|
|Turned pro||1968 (amateur tour from 1960)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||181-104 (Open era)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (1968, Lance Tingay)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1966)|
|French Open||4R (1966, 1972)|
|US Open||F (1967)|
|Tour Finals||RR (1971)|
|Career record||141-68 (Open era)|
|Career titles||10 (Open era)|
- Personal life 1
- Tennis career 2
Grand Prix and WCT singles finals (11) 3
- Titles (4) 3.1
Grand Prix and WCT doubles finals (21) 4
- Titles (10) 4.1
- See also 5
- References 6
- Further reading 7
- External links 8
In 1964 he married rising American tennis player
- Clark Graebner at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Clark Graebner at the International Tennis Federation
- Clark Graebner at the Davis Cup
- Clark Graebner, Carole Graebner, Mixed Doubles Tennis (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1973)
- McPhee, John A. (1969). Levels of the Game. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 428.
- Set W/L% - Slams - Career
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1.||1969||Indianapolis, U.S.||Clay||Bill Bowrey||
|6–4, 4–6, 6–4|
|Winner||2.||1970||Indianapolis, U.S.||Clay||Arthur Ashe||
|2–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||1971||Salisbury, U.S.||Hard (i)||Thomaz Koch||
Juan Gisbert Sr.
|3–6, 6–4, 6–7|
|Winner||3.||1971||Macon, U.S.||Hard||Thomaz Koch||
|Runner-up||2.||1971||Hampton, U.S.||Hard (i)||Thomaz Koch||
|4–6, 6–4, 5–7|
|Runner-up||3.||1971||Indianapolis, U.S.||Clay||Erik Van Dillen||
|6–7, 7–5, 3–6|
|Winner||4.||1971||Merion, U.S.||Hard||Jim Osborne||
|Runner-up||4.||1971||South Orange, U.S.||Hard||Erik Van Dillen||
|4–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Runner-up||5.||1971||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Frank Froehling||
|Runner-up||6.||1972||Washington, U.S.||Carpet||Thomaz Koch||
|Runner-up||7.||1972||Bristol, England||Grass||Lew Hoad||
|Winner||5.||1973||Baltimore, U.S.||Hard (i)||Jimmy Connors||
|3–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|Runner-up||8.||1973||Birmingham, U.S.||Hard||Ion Ţiriac||
|Winner||6.||1973||Salisbury, U.S.||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase||
Juan Gisbert Sr.
|2–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||7.||1973||Hampton, U.S.||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase||
|Runner-up||9.||1973||Louisville, U.S.||Clay||John Newcombe||
|6–0, 4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||10.||1974||Baltimore, U.S.||Carpet||Owen Davidson||
|Runner-up||11.||1974||St. Petersburg WCT, U.S.||Hard||Charlie Pasarell||
|6–4, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||8.||1974||La Costa WCT, U.S.||Hard||Charlie Pasarell||
|6–4, 6–7, 7–5|
|Winner||9.||1975||Boca Raton, U.S.||Hard||Juan Gisbert Sr.||
Juan Gisbert Sr.
|Winner||10.||1976||Boca Raton, U.S.||Hard||Vitas Gerulaitis||
Grand Prix and WCT doubles finals (21)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1971||New York, U.S.||Indoor||Željko Franulović||2–6, 7–5, 4–6, 5–7|
|Winner||1.||1971||Salisbury, U.S.||Hard (i)||Cliff Richey||2–6, 7–6, 1–6, 7–6, 6–0|
|Runner-up||2.||1971||Hampton, U.S.||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase||5–7, 4–6, 6–7|
|Runner-up||3.||1971||Houston, U.S.||Hard||Cliff Richey||1–6, 2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||2.||1971||Merion, U.S.||Hard||Dick Stockton||6–2, 6–4, 6–7, 7–5|
|Winner||3.||1971||South Orange, U.S.||Hard||Pierre Barthès||6–3, 6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||4.||1972||London Indoor, England||Hard (i)||Cliff Richey||5–7, 7–6, 5–7, 0–6|
|Runner-up||5.||1972||Jacksonville, U.S.||Hard (i)||Jimmy Connors||5–7, 4–6|
|Winner||4.||1973||Des Moines, U.S.||Hard (i)||Nicholas Kalogeropoulos||7–5, 4–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||6.||1973||Paramus, U.S.||Hard (i)||Jimmy Connors||1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||7.||1974||Baltimore, U.S.||Carpet||Sandy Mayer||2–6, 1–6|
Grand Prix and WCT singles finals (11)
Graebner still ranks #32 on the list of best career set win/loss records in Grand Slam events, at 108-58, for a 65% record.
Graebner also reached the singles quarterfinals in Cincinnati in 1970, knocking off Bob McKinley, Barry MacKay, and Ray Ruffels before falling to eventual champ Ken Rosewall.
Graebner's most significant title was probably the men's doubles title at the 1966 French Championships, where he and Dennis Ralston beat Ion Ţiriac and Ilie Năstase in the final. He also won the 1968 U.S. Men's Clay Court singles Championship in Milwaukee, the 1969 and 1970 U.S. Men's Clay Court doubles Championship (with William Bowrey and Ashe, respectively), and the 1963 doubles title at Cincinnati.
Graebner was one of the protagonists of John McPhee's book, Levels of the Game, which is about a semifinal match played between himself and Ashe at the 1968 U.S. Open at Forest Hills. Ashe won the match.
Graebner was runner-up to John Newcombe in the 1967 United States Championship, the last time the event, today's U.S. Open, was open only to amateur players. The following year he reached the semi-finals in singles at both Wimbledon and the inaugural U.S. Open.
He graduated from Northwestern University, where he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Graebner's deceased wife, Carole, was also a successful touring tennis professional. Graebner was considered to be one of the fastest servers in his time.