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Eddie Dibbs (born February 23, 1951) is a retired American tennis player also nicknamed "Fast Eddie". He attained a career-high singles ranking of world no. 5 in July 1978.[2]

Eddie Dibbs
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Eddie Dibbs playing against Björn Borg in the final of an exhibition tournament in Rotterdam.
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceFt Lauderdale, Florida
Born (1951-02-23) February 23, 1951 (age 68)
Brooklyn, NY, United States
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Turned pro1972 (amateur tour from 1970)
Retired1984
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)[1]
Prize money$2,016,426
Singles
Career record590–256 (69.7%)
Career titles22
Highest rankingNo. 5 (July 24, 1978)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenSF (1975, 1976)
Wimbledon2R (1974)
US OpenQF (1975, 1976, 1979)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (1978)
WCT FinalsF (1978)
Doubles
Career record77–106
Career titles1

Dibbs holds the record number of ATP tour wins for a player who never reached a Grand Slam final.[citation needed] He did reach two semifinals, both at Roland Garros, losing to Guillermo Vilas in 1975 and to Adriano Panatta in 1976. His most significant victory was defeating Jimmy Connors 1–6, 6–1, 7–5 in London on carpet.

Dibbs played doubles with Harold Solomon. In 1976 they were ranked No. 4 worldwide, and they were among the top ten in 1974, 1975, and 1976. They were nicknamed "The Bagel Twins."[3]

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 42 (22 wins, 20 losses)Edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1973 Jackson, Mississippi, US Hard (i)   Frew McMillan 5–7, 6–1, 7–5
Win 2. 1973 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Karl Meiler 6–1, 3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Win 3. 1973 Fort Worth, US Hard   Brian Gottfried 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
Win 4. 1974 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Hans-Joachim Plötz 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
Loss 1. 1974 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i)   Brian Gottfried 3–6, 7–5, 6–8, 0–6
Win 5. 1975 Tehran, Iran Clay   Iván Molina 1–6, 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
Win 6. 1975 London, UK Carpet   Jimmy Connors 1–6, 6–1, 7–5
Win 7. 1976 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet   Harold Solomon 7–6, 6–2
Win 8. 1976 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Cliff Drysdale 6–1, 6–1
Loss 2. 1976 Mexico City, Mexico Clay   Raúl Ramírez 6–7, 2–6
Win 9. 1976 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Manuel Orantes 6–4, 4–6, 6–1, 2–6, 6–1
Loss 3. 1976 Cincinnati, US Clay   Roscoe Tanner 6–7, 3–6
Loss 4. 1976 Madrid, Spain Clay   Manuel Orantes 6–7, 2–6, 1–6
Loss 5. 1976 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Manuel Orantes 1–6, 6–2, 6–2, 5–7, 4–6
Win 10. 1976 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i)   Jaime Fillol 5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6
Win 11. 1977 Miami, US Clay   Raúl Ramírez 6–0, 6–3
Win 12. 1977 London, UK Hard (i)   Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Loss 6. 1977 Charlotte, US Carpet   Corrado Barazzutti 6–7, 0–6
Loss 7. 1977 Louisville, US Hard   Guillermo Vilas 6–1, 0–6, 1–6
Loss 8. 1977 Boston, US Clay   Manuel Orantes 6–7, 5–7, 4–6
Loss 9. 1977 Tehran, Iran Clay   Guillermo Vilas 2–6, 4–6, 6–1, 1–6
Win 13. 1977 Oviedo, Spain Hard   Raúl Ramírez 6–4, 6–1
Loss 10. 1978 St. Louis WCT, US Carpet   Sandy Mayer 6–7, 4–6
Loss 11. 1978 Dayton, US Carpet   Brian Gottfried 6–2, 4–6, 6–7
Win 14. 1978 Tulsa, US Hard (i)   Pat DuPré 6–7, 6–2, 7–5
Loss 12. 1978 WCT Finals, US Carpet   Vitas Gerulaitis 3–6, 2–6, 1–6
Win 15. 1978 Cincinnati, US Clay   Raúl Ramírez 6–2, 6–3
Loss 13. 1978 Washington Clay   Jimmy Connors 5–7, 5–7
Win 16. 1978 North Conway, US Clay   John Alexander 6–4, 6–4
Win 17. 1978 Toronto, Canada Clay   José Luis Clerc 5–7, 6–4, 6–1
Loss 14. 1979 Birmingham, US Carpet   Jimmy Connors 2–6, 6–3, 5–7
Loss 15. 1979 Tulsa, US Hard (i)   Jimmy Connors 7–6, 5–7, 1–6
Win 18. 1979 Forest Hills, US Clay   Harold Solomon 7–6, 6–1
Loss 16. 1979 Columbus, US Clay   Brian Gottfried 3–6, 0–6
Loss 17. 1979 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Hans Gildemeister 4–6, 3–6, 1–6
Win 19. 1980 Sarasota, Florida, US Clay   Andrés Gómez 6–1, 6–1
Loss 18. 1980 Houston, US Clay   Ivan Lendl 1–6, 3–6
Win 20. 1980 Boston, US Clay   Gene Mayer 6–2, 6–1
Loss 19. 1980 North Conway, US Clay   Jimmy Connors 3–6, 7–5, 1–6
Win 21. 1981 Forest Hills, US Clay   Carlos Kirmayr 6–3, 6–2
Win 22. 1981 Quito, Ecuador Clay   David Carter 3–6, 6–0, 7–5
Loss 20. 1982 Forest Hills, US Clay   Ivan Lendl 1–6, 1–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 SR
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
French Open A 1R 4R SF SF 2R QF QF 3R 3R 0 / 9
Wimbledon A A 2R A A A A A A A 0 / 1
US Open 2R 1R A QF QF 3R 3R QF 2R A 0 / 8
Win–Loss 1–1 0–2 4–2 9–2 9–2 3–2 6–2 8–2 3–2 2–1 0 / 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eddie Dibbs Archived September 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. umsportshalloffame.com
  2. ^ "Eddie Dibbs". ATP. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Harold Solomon". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 23, 2014.

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