Straight Clark

Louis Straight Clark (February 10, 1925 – February 10, 1995) was an American tennis player in the mid-20th century. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa.

Straight Clark
Full nameLouis Straight Clark
Country (sports) United States
BornFebruary 10, 1925
Des Moines, Iowa
DiedFebruary 10, 1995(1995-02-10) (aged 70)
Haverford, Pennsylvania
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1953)
French OpenQF (1951)
Wimbledon4R (1952)
US OpenQF (1952)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1953)[1]
Wimbledon3R (1951, 1952)[2]
Mixed doubles
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1954)

A member of the U.S. Davis Cup team, he was 5–0 in matches in 1953 and 1954 (and the latter year, a member of the winning team).

In 1954, he won the singles title at the tournament in Cincinnati, defeating Sammy Giammalva, Sr., 8–6, 6–1, 6–1 in the final.

He reached the final at the Newport Casino Invitational in 1954, only to lose to Ham Richardson 6–3, 9–7, 12–14, 6–8, 10–8, in a match that lasted more than four hours.

In 1951, he knocked off Whitney Reed to reach the final of the Pennsylvania State tennis championship, only to fall to future Hall of Famer Vic Seixas.

When he teamed with fellow American Hal Burrows, the pair became one of the top doubles teams of their time. They reached the finals of the U.S. Clay Court Championship, and the semifinals of the U.S. Nationals, upsetting the team of future International Hall of Famers Ken Rosewall and Lew Hoad in the quarterfinals. Clark and Burrows also reached the quarterfinals at the French National Championships, Rome and Wimbledon.


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