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Ian Vermaak (born 28 March 1933) is a former tennis player competing for South Africa. As the No. 4 seed he finished runner-up to Nicola Pietrangeli in the singles final of the Amateur French Championships of Roland-Garros in 1959,[2] after having reached earlier in the season the Hamburg International German Tennis Championships final, losing to William Knight.

Ian Vermaak
Full nameIan C. Vermaak
Country (sports)South Africa South Africa
Born (1933-03-28) 28 March 1933 (age 86)
Empangeni, Natal, South Africa
Turned pro1953 (amateur tour)
Retired1960 (brief periods of activity afterwards)
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Highest rankingNo. 10 (1959, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenF (1959)
Wimbledon4R (1960)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1960)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon4R (1959)
Team competitions
Davis CupQF (1959(EU))

His best result at the Wimbledon Championships was in 1960 when he reached the fourth round in the singles event which he lost in five sets to Ramanathan Krishnan.[3]

Vermaak competed for the South African Davis Cup team in six ties between 1953 and 1960 and compiled a record of five wins and seven losses.[4] In 1956 he won the singles title of the South African Championships, defeating Torsten Johansson in the final in fives sets. In 1959 he defeated his countryman Ray Weedon in the final of the 71st Southampton Grass Court Championships on Long Island, New York.[5]

Vermaak was ranked World No. 10 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph in 1959.[1]


Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1959 French Championships Clay   Nicola Pietrangeli 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–1


  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 425.
  2. ^ "Roland-Garros 1959 (Grand Slam) - Men's singles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Ian Vermaak". AELTC.
  4. ^ "Davis Cup – Player archive". International Tennis Federation (ITF).
  5. ^ "Vermaak Cops N.Y. Net Test". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 3 August 1959.

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