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Jim Grabb (born April 14, 1964) is an American former professional tennis player. He was ranked the World No. 1 doubles player in 1989 and in 1993. Grabb's best singles ranking was World No. 24, a ranking he achieved in February 1990.

Jim Grabb
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceSagaponack, New York
Born (1964-04-14) April 14, 1964 (age 55)
Tucson, Arizona
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro1986
Retired1997
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$3,274,155
Singles
Career record179–199 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 24 (February 12, 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1988)
French Open2R (1992)
Wimbledon3R (1988, 1990)
US Open4R (1989)
Doubles
Career record395–237 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles23
Highest rankingNo. 1 (June 12, 1989)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1989, 1993, 1996)
French OpenW (1989)
WimbledonF (1992)
US OpenW (1992)

Contents

Tennis careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Grabb is Jewish, and was born in Tucson, Arizona.[1] He attended Tucson High Magnet School.[2] Grabb was from 1984 to 1986 a 3-time doubles and 2-time singles All-American, helping Stanford University win the NCAA title in 1986 and finish runner-up in 1984.

In 1986 he won the annual Rafael Osuna Award, presented by college coaches for good sportsmanship and valuable contributions to the sport.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Grabb defeated Andre Agassi at a singles tournament in Seoul, Korea in 1987 for his first career victory.[1] He won two doubles Grand Slam events: the 1989 French Open (with Patrick McEnroe) and the 1992 U.S. Open (with Richey Reneberg).[1] He won 23 doubles tour titles, with 26 finals appearances.[1] He won two tour singles titles, in 1987 at Seoul and in 1992 at Taipei.[4] His best showing in a Grand Slam event was 4th round appearance in the 1989 U.S. Open.

Grabb won the Men's 35 Senior Doubles with his tennis partner, Richey Reneberg, at the 2002 and 2003 U.S. Open.[5]

Davis CupEdit

He was a member of the United States Davis Cup team in 1993.[4]

Hall of FameEdit

The Northern California section of the USTA inducted Grabb into its Hall of Fame in 2006.[3]

Grand Slam men's doubles finals (3)Edit

Wins (2)Edit

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
1989 French Open   Patrick McEnroe   Mansour Bahrami
  Eric Winogradsky
6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
1992 U.S. Open   Richey Reneberg   Kelly Jones
  Rick Leach
3–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–3, 6–3

Runner-up (1)Edit

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
1992 Wimbledon   Richey Reneberg   John McEnroe
  Michael Stich
7–5, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 17–19

Career doubles finals (50)Edit

Titles (23)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (2)
Tennis Masters Cup (1)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Championship Series (7)
ATP World Series (12)
Titles by Surface
Hard (12)
Clay (2)
Grass (1)
Carpet (8)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. April 27, 1987 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Ken Flach   Eric Korita
  Mike Leach
7–6, 1–6, 5–7
Winner 1. October 5, 1987 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Patrick McEnroe   Glenn Layendecker
  Todd Witsken
6–2, 0–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. October 26, 1987 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet   Sammy Giammalva Jr.   Broderick Dyke
  Tom Nijssen
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. November 9, 1987 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Jim Pugh   Stefan Edberg
  Anders Järryd
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. January 11, 1988 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Sammy Giammalva Jr.   Marty Davis
  Tim Pawsat
3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 5. April 25, 1988 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Gary Donnelly   Andrew Castle
  Roberto Saad
7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 6. August 22, 1988 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard   Patrick McEnroe   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. September 26, 1988 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Peter Doohan   John McEnroe
  Mark Woodforde
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. October 31, 1988 Paris Indoor, France Carpet   Christo van Rensburg   Paul Annacone
  John Fitzgerald
2–6, 2–6
Winner 2. November 7, 1988 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Kevin Curren   Paul Annacone
  John Fitzgerald
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 9. April 3, 1989 Miami, U.S. Hard   Patrick McEnroe   Jakob Hlasek
  Anders Järryd
3–6, ret.
Winner 3. June 12, 1989 French Open, Paris Clay   Patrick McEnroe   Mansour Bahrami
  Eric Winogradsky
6–4, 2–6, 6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 10. July 31, 1989 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard   Patrick McEnroe   Neil Broad
  Gary Muller
7–6, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 4. December 10, 1989 Masters Doubles, London Carpet   Patrick McEnroe   John Fitzgerald
  Anders Järryd
7–5, 7–6, 5–7, 6–3
Runner-up 11. March 12, 1990 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard   Patrick McEnroe   Boris Becker
  Guy Forget
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. May 14, 1990 Kiawah Island, U.S. Clay   Leonardo Lavalle   Scott Davis
  David Pate
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 13. June 18, 1990 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass   Patrick McEnroe   Jakob Hlasek
  Michael Stich
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 14. October 22, 1990 Lyon, France Carpet   David Pate   Patrick Galbraith
  Kelly Jones
6–7, 4–6
Winner 5. November 12, 1990 Wembley, England Carpet   Patrick McEnroe   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
7–6, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 6. October 7, 1991 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   Richey Reneberg   Luke Jensen
  Laurie Warder
6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. October 14, 1991 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet   Richey Reneberg   Scott Davis
  David Pate
7–5, 2–6, 7–6
Winner 8. January 13, 1992 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Wayne Ferreira   Grant Connell
  Glenn Michibata
6–4, 6–3
Winner 9. February 10, 1992 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i)   Richey Reneberg   Pieter Aldrich
  Danie Visser
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 15. February 24, 1992 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   Richey Reneberg   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–7
Winner 10. April 20, 1992 Hong Kong Hard   Brad Gilbert   Byron Black
  Byron Talbot
6–2, 6–1
Winner 11. June 15, 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass   Richey Reneberg   John McEnroe
  Michael Stich
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 16. July 6, 1992 Wimbledon, London Grass   Richey Reneberg   John McEnroe
  Michael Stich
7–5, 6–7, 6–3, 6–7, 17–19
Winner 12. August 24, 1992 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard   Richey Reneberg   Grant Connell
  Glenn Michibata
7–6, 6–2
Winner 13. September 14, 1992 U.S. Open, New York Hard   Richey Reneberg   Kelly Jones
  Rick Leach
3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 17. October 12, 1992 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   Richey Reneberg   Patrick McEnroe
  Jonathan Stark
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 18. October 19, 1992 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet   Richey Reneberg   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
6–7, 4–6
Winner 14. February 22, 1993 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   Richey Reneberg   Marcos Ondruska
  Brad Pearce
6–7, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 19. February 14, 1994 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i)   Jared Palmer   Byron Black
  Jonathan Stark
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 20. February 21, 1994 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   Jared Palmer   Jacco Eltingh
  Paul Haarhuis
3–6, 4–6
Winner 15. April 18, 1994 Hong Kong Hard   Brett Steven   Jonas Björkman
  Patrick Rafter
W/O
Runner-up 21. August 22, 1994 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard   Richey Reneberg   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
3–6, 4–6
Winner 16. February 13, 1995 San Jose, U.S. Hard (i)   Patrick McEnroe   Alex O'Brien
  Sandon Stolle
3–6, 7–5, 6–0
Winner 17. February 27, 1995 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   Jonathan Stark   Jacco Eltingh
  Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up 22. March 27, 1995 Miami, U.S. Hard   Patrick McEnroe   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
3–6, 6–7
Winner 18. October 16, 1995 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   Jared Palmer   Kent Kinnear
  David Wheaton
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 23. November 6, 1995 Paris, France Carpet   Todd Martin   Grant Connell
  Patrick Galbraith
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 24. February 5, 1996 Shanghai, China Carpet   Michael Tebbutt   Mark Knowles
  Roger Smith
6–4, 2–6, 6–7
Winner 19. August 19, 1996 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard   Richey Reneberg   Petr Korda
  Cyril Suk
7–6, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 20. October 7, 1996 Lyon, France Carpet   Richey Reneberg   Neil Broad
  Piet Norval
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 25. October 6, 1997 Basel, Switzerland Carpet   Karsten Braasch   Tim Henman
  Marc Rosset
6–7, 7–6, 6–7
Winner 21. March 2, 1998 London, England Carpet   Martin Damm   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  Daniel Vacek
6–4, 7–5
Winner 22. May 25, 1998 St. Poelten, Austria Clay   David Macpherson   David Adams
  Wayne Black
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 26. July 27, 1998 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Joshua Eagle   Olivier Delaître
  Fabrice Santoro
1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 23. August 10, 1998 Toronto, Canada Hard   Martin Damm   Ellis Ferreira
  Rick Leach
6–7, 6–2, 7–6
Runner-up 27. February 21, 2000 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i)   Richey Reneberg   Justin Gimelstob
  Sébastien Lareau
2–6, 4–6

Doubles performance timeline in major tournamentsEdit

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A NH A 1R QF A A 2R QF 1R A QF 3R 2R 1R A 0 / 9 11–9
French Open A A A A A W SF 1R QF A 1R QF 3R 3R 3R 1R A 1 / 10 22–9
Wimbledon A A A 1R SF 3R 3R 1R F A A 1R 3R SF 3R 2R A 0 / 11 21–11
U.S. Open 2R A A 1R 3R 2R A 1R W A 1R 1R A SF QF 2R A 1 / 11 18–10
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 2 / 41 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 5–3 11–3 6–2 0–3 15–3 3–1 0–3 3–3 6–3 12–4 8–4 2–4 0–0 N/A 72–39
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These tournaments were not

Masters Series events

before 1990.
F SF A QF 2R 1R QF 2R 2R 2R A 0 / 9 13–9
Miami A 2R A A 2R F QF A 3R 2R 1R 0 / 7 9–7
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1
Rome 1R A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 4 1–4
Hamburg A A A A A A A 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 3 0–3
Canada A 2R QF A 2R 2R A A W QF A 1 / 6 9–5
Cincinnati A 2R QF A 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 8 5–8
Stuttgart (Stockholm) 1R A A A A 2R SF 2R 2R A A 0 / 5 4–5
Paris QF 1R SF A 1R F 2R 1R 2R A A 0 / 8 9–8
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 4 0 / 5 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 5 0 / 6 0 / 5 0 / 6 1 / 9 0 / 6 0 / 1 1 / 51 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 5–4 5–5 4–3 1–1 4–5 8–6 9–5 3–6 8–8 3–6 0–1 N/A 50–50
Year End Ranking 167 406 268 28 13 9 24 22 3 116 36 15 25 32 15 85 208 N/A

A = did not attend tournament
NH = tournament not held

Grand Prix and ATP Tour singles finals (3)Edit

Titles (2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. April 27, 1987 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Andre Agassi 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. July 23, 1990 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard   Andre Agassi 1–6, 4–6
Winner 2. October 26, 1992 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet   Jamie Morgan 6–3, 6–3

MiscellaneousEdit

Grabb was ranked 17th on Sports Illustrated's list of Arizona's 50 Greatest Sports Figures of the 20th century.[1] He served as vice president of the ATP Tour Player Council in 1998–99.[1]

Grabb married Sarah Stenn in 2002 in California. While on tour he resided, at least for a time, in Hermosa Beach, California.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Grabb, Jim". Jews in Sports. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  2. ^ 2. Jim Grabb, Tucson High | | tucson.com
  3. ^ a b "NorCal USTA Honors Hall of Fame Inductees at Bank of the West Classic ...Jeff Arons, Jim Grabb, Tracy Houk and Barbara Jordan inducted". Bank of the West Classic. Archived from the original on October 21, 2006. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Jim Grabb". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Celebrity Jews in the News". Jewish News Weekly. September 18, 2003. Archived from the original on January 13, 2006. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Jim Grabb". ATP World Tour. Retrieved March 7, 2014.

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