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Marty Riessen (born December 4, 1941) is a former amateur and professional tennis player active from the 1960s to the 1980s. He was ranked as high as No. 11 in the world in singles on the ATP rankings in September 1974, though was ranked as high as world No. 8 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph in 1971 before the computer rankings.[2] Renowned for his doubles play, Riessen was also a regular doubles partner of Australian tennis great Margaret Court, winning six of his seven major mixed titles and a career Grand Slam alongside her. Additionally a winner of two men's doubles Grand Slams, his highest doubles ranking was No. 3 in March 1980.

Marty Riessen
Marty Riessen 1968.jpg
Marty Riessen in 1968
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceBoca West, Florida
Born (1941-12-04) December 4, 1941 (age 78)
Hinsdale, Illinois
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Turned pro1968 (amateur tour from 1958)
Retired1981
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CollegeNorthwestern University
Singles
Career record675-226[1]
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 8 (1971, Lance Tingay)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1971)
French Open4R (1971, 1974)
WimbledonQF (1965)
US OpenQF (1963, 1971)
Other tournaments
WCT FinalsSF (1972)
Doubles
Career record428–157
Career titles54
Highest rankingNo. 3 (March 3, 1980)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1971)
French OpenW (1971)
WimbledonF (1969)
US OpenW (1976)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1969)
French OpenW (1969)
WimbledonW (1975)
US OpenW (1969, 1970, 1972, 1980)

CareerEdit

 
Marty Riessen at the 1972 Rotterdam Indoors tournament

Riessen played collegiate tennis at Northwestern University, where he reached the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) singles finals three times: 1962 (falling to Rafael Osuna of University of Southern California); 1963 and 1964 (falling to Dennis Ralston of USC both times). He was a semifinalist at the NCAA Doubles Championship with Clark Graebner in 1963 and 1964.

He won six singles titles in the open era, with the biggest coming in Cincinnati in 1974. (He won numerous other pre-open era titles, including two other Cincinnati titles in the pre-Open Era.) He also reached the quarterfinals in singles at both the Australian Open and the US Open in 1971.

He also won 53 doubles titles, including the US Open (in 1976), the French Open (1971, with Arthur Ashe), and seven ATP Masters Series events: Paris Indoor (1976), Canada (1971 & 1970), Monte Carlo (1970), Hamburg (1968 and 1969), and Rome (1968). He reached the doubles final at the US Open in 1978 and 1975, the Australian Open in 1971, and Wimbledon in 1969.

Distinctions and honorsEdit

  • He was a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963, 1965, 1967, 1973 and 1981.
  • The Marty Riessen tennis courts are in Osmond, Nebraska.
  • Dunlop named one of its wooden racquets the "Marty Riessen."
  • Riessen has been enshrined in the United States Tennis Association/Midwest Hall of Fame.
  • He is one of two high school tennis players from the state of Illinois to win the singles title four years in a row, 1957–1960, representing Hinsdale Township, now Hinsdale Central High School.
  • Riessen was also noted for his sportsmanship, not infrequently arguing that a judgement was incorrect and that points should be given against him.

Open era career finalsEdit

Singles: 22 (9 titles, 13 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1969 Perth, Australia Grass   Ken Rosewall 6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 2. 1970 Wembley, U.K. Carpet (i)   Ken Rosewall 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 1970 Tucson WCT, U.S.   Roy Emerson 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1970 Paris Masters, France Carpet (i)   Arthur Ashe 6–7, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 4. 1971 Tehran WCT, Iran Clay   John Alexander 6–7, 6–1, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 2. 1971 Washington WCT, U.S. Hard   Ken Rosewall 2–6, 5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 1971 Fort Worth WCT, U.S. Hard   Rod Laver 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 5. 1972 Quebec WCT, Canada Hard (i)   Rod Laver 7–5, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 1972 Denver WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Rod Laver 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1972 Washington WCT, U.S. Clay   Tony Roche 6–3, 6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1972 Vancouver WCT, Canada Hard   John Newcombe 7–6, 6–7, 6–7, 5–7
Winner 6. 1973 Milan WCT, Italy Carpet (i)   Roscoe Tanner 7–6, 6–0, 7–6
Runner-up 7. 1973 Copenhagen WCT, Denmark Carpet (i)   Roger Taylor 2–6, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 8. 1973 Quebec WCT, Canada Hard (i)   Jimmy Connors 1–6, 4–6, 7–6, 0–6
Runner-up 9. 1974 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Rod Laver 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 1974 Chicago, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith 6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 1974 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard   Bob Lutz 7–6, 7–6
Winner 8. 1975 Philadelphia WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 5–7, 6–2, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 1977 La Costa, U.S. Hard   Brian Gottfried 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 12. 1979 Baltimore WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Harold Solomon 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 1979 Dayton, U.S. Carpet (i)   Butch Walts 3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 1979 Lafayette, U.S. Carpet   Pat DuPré 6–4, 5–7, 6–2

Doubles: 80 (52–28)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1968 Rome, Italy Clay   Tom Okker   Nicholas Kalogeropoulos
  Allan Stone
6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. 1968 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Tom Okker   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
6–4, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 3. 1969 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
8–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1969 Wimbledon, London Grass   Tom Okker   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
5–7, 9–11, 3–6
Winner 4. 1969 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Tom Okker   Mal Anderson
  Roy Emerson
6–1, 6–4
Winner 5. 1969 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Tom Okker   Jean-Claude Barclay
  Jürgen Fassbender
6–1, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 6. 1970 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Roger Taylor   Pierre Barthès
  Nikola Pilić
6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 7. 1970 London Queen's Club, England Grass   Tom Okker   Arthur Ashe
  Charlie Pasarell
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 1970 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Tom Okker   Cliff Drysdale
  Roger Taylor
2–6, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 1970 Toronto, Canada Clay   Bill Bowrey   Cliff Drysdale
  Fred Stolle
6–3, 6–2
Winner 9. 1970 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Tom Okker   Bob Lutz
  Stan Smith
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 1971 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass   Tom Okker   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
2–6, 6–7
Winner 10. 1971 Chicago WCT, U.S. Hard (i)   Tom Okker   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
7–6, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 11. 1971 Dallas WCT, U.S. Carpet   Tom Okker   Bob Lutz
  Charlie Pasarell
6–3, 6–4
Winner 12. 1971 French Open, Paris Clay   Arthur Ashe   Tom Gorman
  Stan Smith
6–8, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 11–9
Winner 13. 1971 London Queen's Club, England Grass   Tom Okker   Erik van Dillen
  Stan Smith
8–6, 4–6, 10–8
Winner 14. 1971 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay   Tom Okker   Bob Carmichael
  Ray Ruffels
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 1971 Quebec WCT, Canada Hard (i)   Tom Okker   Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 1971 Boston WCT, U.S. Clay   Tom Okker   Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
4–6, 4–6
Winner 15. 1971 Montreal, Canada Clay   Tom Okker   Arthur Ashe
  Dennis Ralston
6–3, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 16. 1971 Cologne, Germany Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 17. 1972 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet   Tom Okker   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
7–6, 7–6
Winner 18. 1972 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard   Tom Okker   Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
7–5, 6–4
Winner 19. 1972 Chicago WCT, U.S. Hard   Tom Okker   Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
6–2, 6–3
Winner 20. 1972 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Clay   Tom Okker   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 21. 1972 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay   Tom Okker   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 22. 1972 Fort Worth WCT, U.S. Hard   Tom Okker   Ken Rosewall
  Fred Stolle
6–2, 6–2
Winner 23. 1972 Montreal WCT, Canada Outdoor   Tom Okker   Robert Maud
  Ken Rosewall
6–1, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 24. 1972 Alamo WCT, U.S. Outdoor   Tom Okker   Brian Fairlie
  Ismail El Shafei
7–6, 6–4
Winner 25. 1972 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Tom Okker   Colin Dibley
  Roy Emerson
7–5, 7–6
Winner 26. 1972 Gothenburg WCT, Sweden Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Brian Fairlie
  Ismail El Shafei
6–2, 7–6
Winner 27. 1973 London WCT, England Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Arthur Ashe
  Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 6–3
Winner 28. 1973 Milan WCT, Italy Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Ken Rosewall
  Fred Stolle
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 1973 Cologne WCT, Germany Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Mark Cox
  Graham Stilwell
6–7, 3–6
Winner 29. 1973 Washington WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Arthur Ashe
  Roscoe Tanner
4–6, 7–6, 6–2
Winner 30. 1973 Houston, U.S. Clay   Tom Okker   Arthur Ashe
  Roscoe Tanner
7–5, 7–5
Winner 31. 1973 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Clay   Tom Okker   Erik van Dillen
  Tom Gorman
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 1973 Denver WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Arthur Ashe
  Roscoe Tanner
6–3, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 8. 1973 World Doubles WCT, Montreal Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Bob Lutz
  Stan Smith
2–6, 6–7, 0–6
Winner 32. 1973 London Queen's Club, England Grass   Tom Okker   Ray Keldie
  Raymond Moore
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 9. 1973 Quebec WCT, Canada Hard (i)   Jimmy Connors   Bob Carmichael
  Frew McMillan
2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 10. 1974 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Raúl Ramírez
  Tony Roche
3–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 1974 Miami WCT, U.S. Hard   Tom Okker   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
6–4, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 1974 Washington WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
6–7, 3–6
Winner 33. 1974 Chicago, U.S. Hard (i)   Tom Gorman   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
Winner 34. 1974 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay   Tom Gorman   Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 13. 1974 Boston, U.S. Clay   Hans-Jürgen Pohmann   Bob Lutz
  Stan Smith
6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 35. 1974 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Tom Okker   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 1974 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Tom Okker   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
6–7, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 15. 1975 Nottingham, England Grass   Tom Okker   Charlie Pasarell
  Roscoe Tanner
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 16. 1975 US Open, New York Clay   Tom Okker   Jimmy Connors
  Ilie Năstase
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 17. 1975 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Cliff Drysdale   Anand Amritraj
  Vijay Amritraj
6–7, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 18. 1976 Memphis WCT, U.S. Hard (i)   Roscoe Tanner   Anand Amritraj
  Vijay Amritraj
3–6, 4–6
Winner 36. 1976 La Costa, U.S. Hard   Roscoe Tanner   Peter Fleming
  Gene Mayer
7–6, 7–6
Winner 37. 1976 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard   Roscoe Tanner   Frew McMillan
  Tom Okker
6–2, 7–5
Winner 38. 1976 South Orange, U.S. Clay   Fred McNair   Vitas Gerulaitis
  Ilie Năstase
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 39. 1976 US Open, New York Clay   Tom Okker   Paul Kronk
  Cliff Letcher
6–4, 6–4
Winner 40. 1976 Paris Masters, France Carpet (i)   Tom Okker   Fred McNair
  Sherwood Stewart
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 19. 1976 Stockholm Open, Sweden Hard (i)   Tom Okker   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 20. 1977 Palm Springs, U.S. Hard   Roscoe Tanner   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
6–7, 6–7
Winner 41. 1977 Woodlands Doubles, U.S. Hard   Tom Okker   Tim Gullikson
  Tom Gullikson
3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–1
Winner 42. 1977 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i)   Dick Stockton   Fred McNair
  Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 1–6, 6–4
Runner-up 21. 1977 Hong Kong Hard   Roscoe Tanner   Syd Ball
  Kim Warwick
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 22. 1978 Springfield, U.S. Carpet (i)   Jan Kodeš   Bob Lutz
  Stan Smith
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 23. 1978 US Open, New York Hard   Sherwood Stewart   Robert Maud
  Ken Rosewall
6–1, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 24. 1978 Woodlands Doubles, U.S. Hard   Sherwood Stewart   Wojtek Fibak
  Tom Okker
6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 43. 1979 Baltimore WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Sherwood Stewart   Anand Amritraj
  Cliff Drysdale
7–6, 6–4
Winner 44. 1979 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Sherwood Stewart   Adriano Panatta
  Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 25. 1979 London Queen's Club, England Grass   Sherwood Stewart   Tim Gullikson
  Tom Gullikson
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 26. 1979 Surbiton, England Grass   Pat DuPré   Tim Gullikson
  Tom Gullikson
3–6, 7–6, 6–8
Winner 45. 1979 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay   Sherwood Stewart   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 46. 1979 Louisville, U.S. Hard   Sherwood Stewart   Vijay Amritraj
  Raúl Ramírez
6–2, 1–6, 6–1
Winner 47. 1979 Lafayette, U.S. Carpet   Sherwood Stewart   Victor Amaya
  Eric Friedler
6–4, 6–4
Winner 48. 1979 Woodlands Doubles, U.S. Hard   Sherwood Stewart   Bob Carmichael
  Tim Gullikson
6–3, 2–2 ret.
Winner 49. 1979 Los Angeles, U.S. Carpet   Sherwood Stewart   Wojtek Fibak
  Frew McMillan
6–4, 6–4
Winner 50. 1979 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet (i)   Sherwood Stewart   Mike Cahill
  Terry Moor
6–4, 7–6
Winner 51. 1980 Baltimore WCT, U.S. Carpet (i)   Tim Gullikson   Brian Gottfried
  Frew McMillan
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 27. 1980 Houston, U.S. Clay   Sherwood Stewart   Peter McNamara
  Paul McNamee
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 28. 1980 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet (i)   Sherwood Stewart   Victor Amaya
  Hank Pfister
3–6, 6–3, 6–7
Winner 52. 1981 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i)   Sherwood Stewart   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–2, 6–2

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Men's doubles: 6 (2–4)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
Runner-Up 1969 Wimbledon   Tom Okker   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
5–7, 9–11, 3–6
Runner-Up 1971 Australian Open   Tom Okker   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
2–6, 6–7
Winner 1971 French Open   Arthur Ashe   Tom Gorman
  Stan Smith
6–8, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 11–9
Runner-Up 1975 US Open   Tom Okker   Jimmy Connors
  Ilie Năstase
4–6, 6–7
Winner 1976 US Open   Tom Okker   Paul Kronk
  Cliff Letcher
6–4, 6–4
Runner-Up 1978 US Open (2)   Sherwood Stewart   Robert Maud
  Ken Rosewall
6–1, 5–7, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 9 (7–2)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1969 Australian Open   Margaret Smith Court   Fred Stolle
  Ann Haydon-Jones
Shared championship, final not played
Winner 1969 French Open   Margaret Smith Court   Jean-Claude Barclay
  Françoise Dürr
6–3, 6–2
Winner 1969 US Open   Margaret Smith Court   Dennis Ralston
  Françoise Dürr
7–5, 6–3
Winner 1970 US Open (2)   Margaret Smith Court   Frew McMillan
  Judy Tegart Dalton
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1971 Wimbledon   Margaret Smith Court   Owen Davidson
  Billie Jean King
6–3, 2–6, 13–15
Winner 1972 US Open (3)   Margaret Smith Court   Ilie Năstase
  Rosemary Casals
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1973 US Open   Margaret Smith Court   Owen Davidson
  Billie Jean King
3–6, 6–3, 6–7
Winner 1975 Wimbledon   Margaret Smith Court   Allan Stone
  Betty Stöve
6–4, 7–5
Winner 1980 US Open (4)   Wendy Turnbull   Frew McMillan
  Betty Stöve
7–5, 6–2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pro Circuit – Player Profile – RIESSEN, Marty (USA). ITF Tennis (1941-12-04). Retrieved on 2014-01-21.
  2. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 428.

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