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Clark Graebner

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Clark Graebner
Country 23x15px United States
Residence New York
Born (1943-11-04) November 4, 1943 (age 72)
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height 6'2" (188 cm)
Turned pro 1968 (amateur tour from 1960)</td></tr>
Retired 1976</td></tr>
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)</td></tr>
Singles
Career record 181-104 (Open era)</td></tr>
Career titles 7</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 7 (1968, Lance Tingay)[1]</td></tr>
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1966)</td></tr>
French Open 4R (1966, 1972)</td></tr>
Wimbledon SF (1968)</td></tr>
US Open F (1967)</td></tr>
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1971)</td></tr>
Doubles
Career record 141-68 (Open era)</td></tr>
Career titles

10 (Open era)</td></tr></table>

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

Personal life

In 1964 he married rising American tennis player Carole Caldwell. They had two children, a daughter, Cameron, and a son, Clark. The couple separated in 1974 and eventually divorced. In 1975 Graebner married Patti Morgan. Caldwell died in New York City following a brief battle with cancer on November 19, 2008.[2]

Tennis career

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.

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.

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 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'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 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 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]

Grand Prix and WCT singles finals (11)

Titles (4)

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1971 New York, U.S. Indoor 23x15px Željko Franulović 2–6, 7–5, 4–6, 5–7
Winner 1. 1971 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Cliff Richey 2–6, 7–6, 1–6, 7–6, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 1971 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Ilie Năstase 5–7, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 3. 1971 Houston, U.S. Hard 23x15px Cliff Richey 1–6, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1971 Merion, U.S. Hard 23x15px Dick Stockton 6–2, 6–4, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 3. 1971 South Orange, U.S. Hard 23x15px Pierre Barthès 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 1972 London Indoor, England Hard (i) 23x15px Cliff Richey 5–7, 7–6, 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 5. 1972 Jacksonville, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Jimmy Connors 5–7, 4–6
Winner 4. 1973 Des Moines, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Nicholas Kalogeropoulos 7–5, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1973 Paramus, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Jimmy Connors 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 1974 Baltimore, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Sandy Mayer 2–6, 1–6

Grand Prix and WCT doubles finals (21)

Titles (10)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1969 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay 23x15px Bill Bowrey 23x15px Dick Crealy
23x15px Allan Stone
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 2. 1970 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay 23x15px Arthur Ashe 23x15px Ilie Năstase
23x15px Ion Ţiriac
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1971 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Thomaz Koch 23x15px Juan Gisbert Sr.
23x15px Manuel Orantes
3–6, 6–4, 6–7
Winner 3. 1971 Macon, U.S. Hard 23x15px Thomaz Koch 23x15px Željko Franulović
23x15px Jan Kodeš
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 2. 1971 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Thomaz Koch 23x15px Ilie Năstase
23x15px Ion Ţiriac
4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 1971 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay 23x15px Erik Van Dillen 23x15px Željko Franulović
23x15px Jan Kodeš
6–7, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 4. 1971 Merion, U.S. Hard 23x15px Jim Osborne 23x15px Robert McKinley
23x15px Dick Stockton
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 1971 South Orange, U.S. Hard 23x15px Erik Van Dillen 23x15px Bob Carmichael
23x15px Tom Leonard
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1971 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard 23x15px Frank Froehling 23x15px John Alexander
23x15px Phil Dent
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1972 Washington, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Thomaz Koch 23x15px Tom Edlefsen
23x15px Cliff Richey
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 1972 Bristol, England Grass 23x15px Lew Hoad 23x15px Bob Hewitt
23x15px Frew McMillan
3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 1973 Baltimore, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Jimmy Connors 23x15px Paul Gerken
23x15px Sandy Mayer
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 1973 Birmingham, U.S. Hard 23x15px Ion Ţiriac 23x15px Pat Cramer
23x15px Jürgen Fassbender
4–6, 5–7
Winner 6. 1973 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Ilie Năstase 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender
23x15px Juan Gisbert Sr.
2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. 1973 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Ilie Năstase 23x15px Jimmy Connors
23x15px Ion Ţiriac
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 1973 Louisville, U.S. Clay 23x15px John Newcombe 23x15px Manuel Orantes
23x15px Ion Ţiriac
6–0, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 1974 Baltimore, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Owen Davidson 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender
23x15px Karl Meiler
6–7, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 1974 St. Petersburg WCT, U.S. Hard 23x15px Charlie Pasarell 23x15px Owen Davidson
23x15px John Newcombe
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 1974 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard 23x15px Charlie Pasarell 23x15px Roy Emerson
23x15px Dennis Ralston
6–4, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 9. 1975 Boca Raton, U.S. Hard 23x15px Juan Gisbert Sr. 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender
23x15px Juan Gisbert Sr.
6–2, 6–1
Winner 10. 1976 Boca Raton, U.S. Hard 23x15px Vitas Gerulaitis 23x15px Bruce Manson
23x15px Butch Walts
6–2, 6–4

See also

References

  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

Further reading

  • 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. ISBN 0-374-51526-3. 

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