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

Clark Graebner
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceNew York City
Born (1943-11-04) November 4, 1943 (age 75)
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Turned pro1968 (amateur tour from 1960)
Retired1976
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record181-104 (Open era)
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 7 (1968, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1966)
French Open4R (1966, 1972)
WimbledonSF (1968)
US OpenF (1967)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1971)
Doubles
Career record141-68 (Open era)
Career titles10 (Open era)

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Personal lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

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.

In the 1967 United States Championship, the last time the event, today's U.S. Open, was open only to amateur players, Graebner beat Roy Emerson before losing in the final to John Newcombe.[3] 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.[4]

Grand Prix and WCT singles finals (11)Edit

Titles (4)Edit

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 doubles finals (21)Edit

Titles (10)Edit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 428.
  2. ^ http://www.tennisweek.com
  3. ^ "U. S. Open 1967". www.tennis.co.nf.
  4. ^ Set W/L% - Slams - Career

Further readingEdit

  • 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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