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Richard Dennis Ralston (born July 27, 1942) is an American former professional tennis player whose active career spanned the 1960s and 1970s..

Dennis Ralston
Top Tennis Toernooi 1969 in Amsterdam D. Ralston , aktie, Bestanddeelnr 922-4467.jpg
Full nameRichard Dennis Ralston
Country (sports) United States
Born (1942-07-27) July 27, 1942 (age 76)
Bakersfield, California
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1967 (amateur tour from 1958)
Retired1977
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1987 (member page)
Singles
Career record576-251 (69.6%) [1]
Career titles41 [2]
Highest rankingNo. 5 (1966, Lance Tingay)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1970)
French Open4R (1966)
WimbledonF (1966)
US OpenSF (1960)
Professional majors
US ProSF (1968)
Wembley ProQF (1967, 1968)
French Pro2R (1968)
Doubles
Career record125–87
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1971)
French OpenW (1966)
WimbledonW (1960)
US OpenW (1961, 1962, 1963)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonF (1962, 1966)
US OpenF (1969)

As a young player he was coached by tennis pro Pancho Gonzales. He attended the University of Southern California (USC) and won NCAA championships under their coach George Toley. He and partner Bill Bond captured the NCAA doubles title in 1964.[3] He was the highest-ranked American player at the end of three consecutive years in the 1960s; Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph ranked him as high as world no. 5 in 1966 (Ralston was also ranked world no. 3 by the magazine Reading Eagle in 1963).[4]

His best result at a Grand Slam singles event came in 1966 when he was seeded sixth and reached the final of the Wimbledon Championships which he lost to fourth-seeded Manuel Santana in straight sets.[5][6] At the end of that year he turned professional.[7]

Ralston was a member of the Handsome Eight, the initial group of players signed to the professional World Championship Tennis tour.[8][9] He won 27 national doubles and singles titles, including five grand-slam doubles crowns.[10]

Ralston, Davis Cup winner with the US Davis Cup team in 1963, continued to serve in the team as a coach in from 1968 to 1971 and as a captain from 1972 to 1975, winning with it the trophy in 1972 over Romania.[11]

Dennis Ralston Wimbledon circa 1987

Ralston was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.[12]

Contents

Grand Slam finals, 14 (5 titles, 9 runners-up)Edit

Singles, 1 final (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-Up 1966 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Manuel Santana 4–6, 9–11, 4–6

Doubles, 9 finals (5 titles, 4 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1960 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Rafael Osuna   Mike Davies
  Bobby Wilson
7–5, 6–3, 10–8
Winner 1961 US Championships Grass   Chuck McKinley   Rafael Osuna
  Antonio Palafox
6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 13–11
Runner-Up 1962 US Championships Grass   Chuck McKinley   Rafael Osuna
  Antonio Palafox
4–6, 12–10, 6–1, 7–9, 3–6
Winner 1963 US Championships (2) Grass   Chuck McKinley   Rafael Osuna
  Antonio Palafox
9–7, 4–6, 5–7, 6–3, 11–9
Winner 1964 US Championships (3) Grass   Chuck McKinley   Mike Sangster
  Graham Stilwell
6–3, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1966 French Championships Clay   Clark Graebner   Ilie Năstase
  Ion Ţiriac
6–3, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-Up 1966 US Championships (2) Grass   Clark Graebner   Roy Emerson
  Fred Stolle
4–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-Up 1969 US Open (3) Grass   Charlie Pasarell   Ken Rosewall
  Fred Stolle
6–2, 5–7, 11–13, 3–6
Runner-Up 1971 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Arthur Ashe   Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
6–4, 7–9, 8–6, 4–6, 4–6

Mixed Doubles, 4 finals (4 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-Up 1961 US Championships Grass   Darlene Hard   Margaret Smith
  Bob Mark
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Runner-Up 1962 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Ann Haydon-Jones   Margaret Osborne duPont
  Neale Fraser
6–2, 3–6, 11–13
Runner-Up 1966 Wimbledon Championships (2) Grass   Billie Jean King   Margaret Court
  Ken Fletcher
6–4, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-Up 1969 US Open Grass   Françoise Dürr   Margaret Court
  Marty Riessen
4–6, 5–7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Dennis Ralston: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennismem SL. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Dennis Ralston: Career tournament results". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Norcross, Dan (August 22, 2013). "Famous La Jolla tennis player dies". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "Emerson, Ralston Win Net Tests", Reading Eagle, 2 September 1963.
  5. ^ Harman, Neil (June 23, 2008). "'I see Rafa playing tennis I do not believe'". The Times. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "Santana Defeats Dennis Ralston In Wimbledon Finals". Reading Eagle. AP. July 1, 1966.
  7. ^ "Ralston Turns Tennis Pro". The Tuscaloosa News. AP. December 27, 1966.
  8. ^ Atkin, Ronald (March 5, 2000). "Britain turn to passion of the handsome one". The Independent. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Porter, Ross. "Dennis Ralston". Real Sport Heroes. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  11. ^ Dennis Ralston at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
  12. ^ "Hall of Famers – Dennis Ralston". www.tennisfame.com. International Tennis Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on March 30, 2010.

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