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Clark Graebner
Country  United States
Residence New York
Born (1943-11-04) November 4, 1943 (age 70)
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height 6'2" (188 cm)
Turned pro 1968 (amateur tour from 1960)
Retired 1976
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 181-104 (Open era)
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 7 (1968, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1966)
French Open 4R (1966, 1972)
Wimbledon SF (1968)
US Open F (1967)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1971)
Doubles
Career record 141-68 (Open era)
Career titles 10 (Open era)

Clark Graebner (born November 4, 1943, in Cleveland, Ohio), is a retired American professional tennis player, originally from Cleveland, Ohio.

Personal life[edit]

In 1964 he married rising American tennis player Carole Caldwell. They had two children, a daughter, Cameron, and a son, Clark. The couple separated in 1975 but never divorced. Caldwell died in New York City following a brief battle with cancer on November 19, 2008.[2]

Tennis career[edit]

He graduated from Northwestern University, where he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Graebner's deceased wife, Carole, was also a successful touring tennis professional. Graebner was considered to be one of the fastest servers in his time.

Graebner was runner-up to John Newcombe in the 1967 United States Championship, the last time the event, today's U.S. Open, was only open to amateur players. The following year he reached the semi-finals in singles at both Wimbledon and the inaugural U.S. Open.

Graebner and Arthur Ashe led the U.S. Davis Cup team to victory in the 1968 Davis Cup, its first in five years. The Americans went on to win four more titles in as many years.

Graebner was one of the protagonists of John McPhee's book, Levels of the Game, which is about a semifinal match played between himself and Ashe at the 1968 U.S. Open at Forest Hills. Ashe won the match.

Graebner's most significant title was probably the men's doubles title at the 1966 French Championships, where he and Dennis Ralston beat Ion Ţiriac and Ilie Năstase in the final. He also won the 1968 U.S. Men's Clay Court singles Championship in Milwaukee, the 1969 and 1970 U.S. Men's Clay Court doubles Championship (with William Bowrey and Ashe, respectively), and the 1963 doubles title at Cincinnati.

Graebner also reached the singles quarterfinals in Cincinnati in 1970, knocking off Bob McKinley, Barry MacKay, and Ray Ruffels before falling to eventual champ Ken Rosewall.

Graebner still ranks #32 on the list of best career set win/loss records in Grand Slam events, at 108-58, for a 65% record.[3]

Grand Prix and WCT singles finals (11)[edit]

Titles (4)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1971 New York, U.S. Indoor Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović 2–6, 7–5, 4–6, 5–7
Winner 1. 1971 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) United States Cliff Richey 2–6, 7–6, 1–6, 7–6, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 1971 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) Romania Ilie Năstase 5–7, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 3. 1971 Houston, U.S. Hard United States Cliff Richey 1–6, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1971 Merion, U.S. Hard United States Dick Stockton 6–2, 6–4, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 3. 1971 South Orange, U.S. Hard France Pierre Barthès 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 1972 London Indoor, England Hard (i) United States Cliff Richey 5–7, 7–6, 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 5. 1972 Jacksonville, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jimmy Connors 5–7, 4–6
Winner 4. 1973 Des Moines, U.S. Hard (i) Greece Nicholas Kalogeropoulos 7–5, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1973 Paramus, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jimmy Connors 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 1974 Baltimore, U.S. Carpet United States Sandy Mayer 2–6, 1–6

Grand Prix and WCT doubles finals (21)[edit]

Titles (10)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1969 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay Australia Bill Bowrey Australia Dick Crealy
Australia Allan Stone
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 2. 1970 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay United States Arthur Ashe Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Ţiriac
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1971 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) Brazil Thomaz Koch Spain Juan Gisbert Sr.
Spain Manuel Orantes
3–6, 6–4, 6–7
Winner 3. 1971 Macon, U.S. Hard Brazil Thomaz Koch Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 2. 1971 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) Brazil Thomaz Koch Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Ţiriac
4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 1971 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay United States Erik Van Dillen Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
6–7, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 4. 1971 Merion, U.S. Hard United States Jim Osborne United States Robert McKinley
United States Dick Stockton
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 1971 South Orange, U.S. Hard United States Erik Van Dillen Australia Bob Carmichael
United States Tom Leonard
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1971 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard United States Frank Froehling Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1972 Washington, U.S. Carpet Brazil Thomaz Koch United States Tom Edlefsen
United States Cliff Richey
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 1972 Bristol, England Grass Australia Lew Hoad South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 1973 Baltimore, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jimmy Connors United States Paul Gerken
United States Sandy Mayer
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 1973 Birmingham, U.S. Hard Romania Ion Ţiriac South Africa Pat Cramer
West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
4–6, 5–7
Winner 6. 1973 Salisbury, U.S. Hard (i) Romania Ilie Năstase West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
Spain Juan Gisbert Sr.
2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. 1973 Hampton, U.S. Hard (i) Romania Ilie Năstase United States Jimmy Connors
Romania Ion Ţiriac
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 1973 Louisville, U.S. Clay Australia John Newcombe Spain Manuel Orantes
Romania Ion Ţiriac
6–0, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 1974 Baltimore, U.S. Carpet Australia Owen Davidson West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Karl Meiler
6–7, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 1974 St. Petersburg WCT, U.S. Hard United States Charlie Pasarell Australia Owen Davidson
Australia John Newcombe
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 1974 La Costa WCT, U.S. Hard United States Charlie Pasarell Australia Roy Emerson
United States Dennis Ralston
6–4, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 9. 1975 Boca Raton, U.S. Hard Spain Juan Gisbert Sr. West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
Spain Juan Gisbert Sr.
6–2, 6–1
Winner 10. 1976 Boca Raton, U.S. Hard United States Vitas Gerulaitis United States Bruce Manson
United States Butch Walts
6–2, 6–4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 428.
  2. ^ http://www.tennisweek.com
  3. ^ Set W/L% - Slams - Career

Further reading[edit]

  • Clark Graebner, Carole Graebner, Mixed Doubles Tennis (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1973)
  • McPhee, John A. (1969). Levels of the Game. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 0-374-51526-3. 

External links[edit]


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