Clark Graebner

Clark Graebner

Clark Graebner
Country (sports)  United States
Residence New York
Born (1943-11-04) November 4, 1943
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height 6'2" (188 cm)
Turned pro 1968 (amateur tour from 1960)
Retired 1976
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 181-104 (Open era)
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 7 (1968, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1966)
French Open 4R (1966, 1972)
Wimbledon SF (1968)
US Open F (1967)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1971)
Doubles
Career record 141-68 (Open era)
Career titles 10 (Open era)

Clark Graebner (born November 4, 1943, in Cleveland, Ohio), is a retired American professional tennis player.

Contents

  • 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

Personal life

In 1964 he married rising American tennis player


External links

  • 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.  

Further reading

  1. ^ United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 428.
  2. ^ http://www.tennisweek.com
  3. ^ Set W/L% - Slams - Career

References

See also

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1969 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay Bill Bowrey Dick Crealy
Allan Stone
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 2. 1970 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay Arthur Ashe Ilie Năstase
Ion Ţiriac
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1971 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) Thomaz Koch Juan Gisbert Sr.
Manuel Orantes
3–6, 6–4, 6–7
Winner 3. 1971 Macon, U.S. Hard Thomaz Koch Željko Franulović
Jan Kodeš
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 2. 1971 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) Thomaz Koch Ilie Năstase
Ion Ţiriac
4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 1971 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay Erik Van Dillen Željko Franulović
Jan Kodeš
6–7, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 4. 1971 Merion, U.S. Hard Jim Osborne Robert McKinley
Dick Stockton
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 1971 South Orange, U.S. Hard Erik Van Dillen Bob Carmichael
Tom Leonard
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1971 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Frank Froehling John Alexander
Phil Dent
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1972 Washington, U.S. Carpet Thomaz Koch Tom Edlefsen
Cliff Richey
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 1972 Bristol, England Grass Lew Hoad Bob Hewitt
Frew McMillan
3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 1973 Baltimore, U.S. Hard (i) Jimmy Connors Paul Gerken
Sandy Mayer
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 1973 Birmingham, U.S. Hard Ion Ţiriac Pat Cramer
Jürgen Fassbender
4–6, 5–7
Winner 6. 1973 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) Ilie Năstase Jürgen Fassbender
Juan Gisbert Sr.
2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. 1973 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) Ilie Năstase Jimmy Connors
Ion Ţiriac
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 1973 Louisville, U.S. Clay John Newcombe Manuel Orantes
Ion Ţiriac
6–0, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 1974 Baltimore, U.S. Carpet Owen Davidson Jürgen Fassbender
Karl Meiler
6–7, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 1974 St. Petersburg WCT, U.S. Hard Charlie Pasarell Owen Davidson
John Newcombe
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 1974 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard Charlie Pasarell Roy Emerson
Dennis Ralston
6–4, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 9. 1975 Boca Raton, U.S. Hard Juan Gisbert Sr. Jürgen Fassbender
Juan Gisbert Sr.
6–2, 6–1
Winner 10. 1976 Boca Raton, U.S. Hard Vitas Gerulaitis Bruce Manson
Butch Walts
6–2, 6–4

Titles (10)

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

Titles (4)

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.[3]

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 and Arthur Ashe led the U.S. Davis Cup team to victory in the 1968 Davis Cup, its first in five years. The Americans went on to win four more titles in as many years.

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.

Tennis career

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