Eric Clifford Drysdale (born 26 May 1941) is a former top-ranked professional tennis player of the 1960s and early 1970s who became a well-known tennis announcer. Drysdale reached the singles final of the U. S. championships in 1965 (beating Dennis Ralston and Rafael Osuna before losing to Manuel Santana). He was one of the Handsome Eight, a group of players signed by Lamar Hunt in 1968 for the newly formed professional World Championship Tennis (WCT) group. He became President of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) when it was formed by Jack Kramer, Donald Dell, and himself in 1972. Drysdale was ranked World No. 4 in 1965 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph.
|Full name||Eric Clifford Drysdale|
|Country (sports)||South Africa|
|Residence||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Born||26 May 1941|
Nelspruit, South Africa
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Turned pro||1968 (amateur tour from 1962)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||2013 (member page)|
|Career record||685-345 (66.5%) |
|Career titles||23 |
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (1965, Lance Tingay)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1971)|
|French Open||SF (1965, 1966)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1965, 1966)|
|US Open||F (1965)|
|WCT Finals||QF (1971, 1972, 1977)|
|Career record||189–160 (54.15%)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (1971)|
|French Open||3R (1973)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1974, 1977)|
|US Open||W (1972)|
Drysdale won the singles title at the Dutch Open in Hilversum in 1963 and 1964. In 1965 he won the singles title at the German Championships by defeating Boro Jovanović in the final. During his Open era career, Drysdale captured five singles titles and six doubles titles including winning the 1972 U.S. Open doubles crown with Roger Taylor. He defeated Rod Laver in the fourth round of the first US Open in 1968. He was a pioneer of the two-handed backhand which he used to great effect in the 1960s [USA Today, 11 July 2013]. He became a naturalized United States citizen after retiring as a player. Today, he serves as a tennis commentator on ESPN. He is the founder of Cliff Drysdale Tennis (along with partner Don Henderson) which specializes in resort, hotel, and club tennis management.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||1965||U.S. Championships||Grass||Manuel Santana||2–6, 9–7, 5–7, 1–6|
Doubles (1 title)Edit
|Win||1972||US Open||Grass||Roger Taylor|| Owen Davidson
|6–4, 7–6(7–3), 6–3|
Grand Prix Championship Series singles finalsEdit
|Year||Championship||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|1971||Boston WCT||Ken Rosewall||4–6, 3–6, 0–6|
|1972||Las Vegas||John Newcombe||3–6, 4–6|
Open Era titlesEdit
|1.||22 July 1968||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Tom Okker||6–3, 6–3, 6–0|
|2.||5 April 1971||Miami WCT, U. S.||Hard||Rod Laver||6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|3.||24 May 1971||Brussels, Belgium||Clay||Ilie Năstase||6–0, 6–1, 7–5|
|4.||4 March 1974||Miami WCT (2)||Hard||Tom Gorman||6–4, 7–5|
|5.||23 January 1978||Baltimore, U. S.||Carpet||Tom Gorman||7–5, 6–3|
- Cliff rysdal partners
- Garcia, Gabriel. "Cliff Drysdale: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- Garcia, Gabriel. "Cliff Drysdale: Career tournament results". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 427.
- "U. S. Open 1965". www.tennis.co.nf.
- Wind, Herbert Warren (1979). Game, Set, and Match : The Tennis Boom of the 1960s and 70s (1. ed.). New York: Dutton. pp. 65–70. ISBN 0525111409.
- "Gear Talk: Q&A with Cliff Drysdale". Tennis.com.
- Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins history of tennis : an authoritative encyclopedia and record book (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 478. ISBN 9780942257700.
- "The William M. Johnston Award". USTA.
- "Hingis elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame". ITF Tennis. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
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- Cliff Drysdale at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Cliff Drysdale on IMDb
- Biography and images of Cliff on the Cliff Drysdale site
- Legends of Tennis:Cliff Drysdale
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- ESPN's Cliff Drysdale to emcee "Legends Ball"
- Cliff Drysdale ESPN Bio