General Frank Arthur
Froehling III
Male
United States of America
1942-05-19
San Diego, United States of America
2020-01-25
Jensen Beach, Florida, United States of America


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ATP:
Frank Froehling, runner-up at the 1963 US Championships and a part of the 1963 and 1971 United States Davis Cup-winning teams, has passed away aged 77 after a long battle with leukaemia.
Froehling first attended Trinity University in 1960, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and all-American honours in 1964. He compiled a 46-5 singles record as the No. 2-ranked player for the 'Tigers' (behind 1963 Wimbledon champion Chuck McKinley) and won nine college singles titles. Trinity went undefeated in their 1962-64 campaigns.
In 1963, the year Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph judged him to be World No. 6, the lanky 21-year-old Coral Gables resident, nicknamed ‘Spiderman’, became the first American to reach the US Championships title match for eight years. With the sport’s biggest serve and a powerful forehand, he beat 1961 champion Roy Emerson 6-4, 4-6, 9-7, 6-2 in the fourth round in Forest Hills, but almost came unstuck against sixth seed Bobby Wilson in the quarter-finals — winning 9-7 in the fifth set.
Rafael Osuna proved too strong in the final, standing 10-12 feet behind the baseline to lob returns and break Froehling’s serve six times, in a 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 victory. Occasionally, Osuna stood in and chipped back to disrupt 6'3" Froehling’s powerful serve-and-volley game. Sadly, his mother, Elizabeth, a Christian Scientist, did not see the match, having died in Los Angeles shortly before Froehling stepped out at the West Side Tennis Club.
Arguably, his career-defining victory came over Ion Tiriac in the 1971 Davis Cup final against Romania. Prior to the tie, United States coach (and later captain) Dennis Ralston called for a challenge match between No. 2 Clark Graebner and No. 3 Froehling, who got the nod after Graebner walked off the court in their match at two-sets-to-one down. The 29-year-old Froehling vindicated his selection by beating Tiriac 3-6, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, 8-6 in the second singles rubber, which was carried over to a second day due to bad light, to give the United States a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-2 overall victory with Stan Smith and Erik Van Dillen in Charlotte, North Carolina. "I was getting killed in that match," said Froehling, years later. "Those first two sets, mostly because of nerves, I couldn't do anything. It was embarrassing."
Smith, the 1971 US Open and 1972 Wimbledon champion, told ATPTour.com, "Frank was a special guy and a special player. He won a huge match under pressure against Ion Tiriac for us to win the Davis Cup in 1971. He was a great guy and he got a lot out of his tennis game."

Froehling, who at one time was coached by Chris Evert’s father, Jimmy, was also a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 1971 (l. to Nastase). He partnered Charlie Pasarell to the 1965 US Championships doubles final (l. to Emerson/Stolle) and was twice a mixed doubles finalist with Australian partners at the major championship in 1962 (w/Lesley Turner) and 1965 (w/Judy Tegart).
After he retired from professional tennis in 1974, Froehling moved to Jensen Beach, Florida, and briefly got a teaching pro job at Sandpiper Bay before becoming a tennis-court contractor for more than 40 years. Working alongside his son, Sean, he resurfaced thousands of courts in Florida with Fast-Dry Courts & 10-S Tennis Supply in Pompano Beach, Florida. He also helped to design and build tennis centres in Daytona Beach and the Village of Wellington.
Regularly dressed in a hat, long trousers and sleeves when playing tennis, Froehling was a long-time member of the North River Shores Tennis Club in Stuart, Florida, where he lived.
Froehling passed away on 23 January at his son’s home, with his family — including his wife, Elizabeth — by his bedside, in Jensen Beach, Florida. First diagnosed with chronic lymphatic leukaemia in 2000 and given one year to live in 2010, he received treatment at the University of Miami Hospital's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Frank Arthur Froehling III, tennis player and tennis court contractor, born 19 May 1942, died 23 January 2020.



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Archive statistics 1958 - 1976
28
722
441


Tournament wins 1971 - Ulster Championships (Open)
1971 - Lake Worth (Open)
1971 - South Florida (Open)
1970 - Lake Worth (Open)
1970 - Southeastern Invitation (Open)
1970 - City of La Paz (Open)
1970 - Florida State Championship (Open)
1970 - Cochabamba (Open)
1970 - South Florida (Open)
1969 - Royal Palm Invitation (Open)
1969 - Florida State Closed (Open)
1969 - Hollywood Beach Invitation (Open)
1968 - Austin Smith Championships (Amateur)
1967 - Austin Smith Championships (Amateur)
1966 - New Jersey State Championships (Open)
1966 - Connecticut Championships (Open)
1966 - Triple A (Amateur)
1966 - Austin Smith Championships (Amateur)
1966 - Eastern Clay Court Championships (Open)
1965 - Austin Smith Championships (Amateur)
1964 - Dallas Invitation (Amateur)
1964 - Florida State Closed (Open)
1963 - Tulsa Invitation (Open)
1962 - Buffalo Indoor (Open)
1962 - USSR International Championships (Open)
1962 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1961 - Middle Atlantic Grass Courts (Amateur)
1961 - Permian Basin Invitation (Amateur)


Tournaments Lakeland Classic - 1976 Citrus Classic - 1976 Ormond Beach - 1976 W.A.T.C.H. - Indian Springs - 1976 W.A.T.C.H. - Sarasota - 1976 Nice - 1975 Roland Garros Qualifying - 1975 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1975 Charlotte - 1975 Charles Farrell Invitation - 1975 Florence International - 1975 Fiesta Bowl - 1975 Philadelphia Indoors - 1974 Atlanta Open - 1974 WCT - La Costa - 1974 WCT - St. Petersburg - 1974 WCT - Hempstead - 1974 Tucson - ATP - 1974 WCT - New Orleans - 1974 WCT - Orlando - 1974 Roland Garros - 1973 US Open - 1973 Canadian International Championships - 1973 Cincinnati - 1973 US Clay Courts - 1973 Queens Club Tournament - 1973 Italian International Championships - 1973 US International Indoor Championships - 1973 German International Championships - 1973 Belgian International Championships - 1973 Philadelphia Open - 1973 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1973 Glenwood Manor Invitation - 1973 Washington Open - 1973 WCT - St. Louis - 1973 Atlanta Open - 1973 WCT - Toronto - 1973 Louisville Open - 1973 WCT-Quebec - 1973 Citrus Bowl Invitation - 1973 WCT - Miami - 1973 WCT - La Costa - 1973 Mississippi International Indoors - 1973 WCT - Munich - 1973 WCT - Gothenburg - 1973 Queens Club - Qualifying - 1973 Cincinnati - Qualifying - 1973 Palmetto Tennis Classic - 1973 Chicago International Open - 1973 Johannesburg Open - 1973 US Open - 1972 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1972 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1972 River Oaks Tournament - 1972 US Pro Championships - 1972 Philadelphia Open - 1972 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1972 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1972 Macon Indoor - 1972 Charlotte - 1972 Jacksonville Invitation - 1972 Midland Pros - 1972 Washington Open - 1972 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1972 WCT - St. Louis - 1972 Midland International Indoors - 1972 Roanoke Indoors - 1972 WCT - Toronto - 1972 Louisville Open - 1972 WCT-Quebec - 1972 WCT - Chicago - 1972 Grand Bahama Invitation - 1972 WCT - Vancouver - 1972 Baltimore International Indoors - 1972 WCT - Miami - 1972 Denver - 1972 Las Vegas - 1972 Bretton Woods International - 1972 WCT-Cleveland - 1972 WCT Montreal - 1972 WCT Alamo - 1972 WCT Essen - 1972 Clean Air Classic - second meeting - 1972 WCT - Gothenburg - 1972 Stockholm Open - 1972 Johannesburg Open - 1972 Wimbledon - 1971 Roland Garros - 1971 US Open - 1971 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1971 Cincinnati - 1971 US Clay Courts - 1971 Queens Club Tournament - 1971 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1971 US International Indoor Championships - 1971 British Hard Court Championships - 1971 River Oaks Tournament - 1971 German International Championships - 1971 Argentina International Championships - 1971 British Covered Court Championships - 1971 Madrid - 1971 Florida State Championship - 1971 South Florida - 1971 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1971 Macon Indoor - 1971 Lake Worth - 1971 Altamira International Invitation - 1971 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1971 Charlotte - 1971 London Hard Courts - 1971 Glenwood Manor Invitation - 1971 US Hard Courts - 1971 Pensacola Invitation - 1971 Ulster Championships - 1971 Washington Open - 1971 Fort Lauderdale - 1971 Midland International Indoors - 1971 Hampton - 1971 Clean Air Classic - 1971 Des Moines International Indoors - 1971 Tanglewood - 1971 Rothmans of Jamaica - 1971 US Open - 1970 Pacific Coast Championship - 1970 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1970 Cincinnati - 1970 US Clay Courts - 1970 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1970 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1970 Argentina International Championships - 1970 Florida State Championship - 1970 South Florida - 1970 Heart of America - 1970 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1970 Austin Smith Championships - 1970 Lake Worth - 1970 Thunderbird Invitation - 1970 Blue and Gray Invitation - 1970 Jacksonville Invitation - 1970 Tulsa Invitation - 1970 Washington Open - 1970 Chile International - 1970 Southeastern Invitation - 1970 City of La Paz - 1970 Bacardi Round Robin - 1970 Cochabamba - 1970 Austin Smith Championships - 1969 Royal Palm Invitation - 1969 Hollywood Beach Invitation - 1969 Florida State Closed - 1969 New York Indoor Invitation - 1968 Austin Smith Championships - 1968 New York Indoor - 1968 Empire State Indoors - 1968 Glenwood Manor Invitation - 1968 Wimbledon - 1967 US Open - 1967 Nassau Bowl - 1967 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1967 Queens Club Tournament - 1967 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1967 Eastern Indoors - 1967 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1967 Austin Smith Championships - 1967 New York Indoor - 1967 Charlotte - 1967 Long Island Indoor - 1967 Detroit Invitation - 1967 US Open - 1966 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1966 Nassau Bowl - 1966 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1966 US Clay Courts - 1966 US International Indoor Championships - 1966 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1966 Connecticut Championships - 1966 New Jersey State Championships - 1966 Triple A - 1966 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1966 Buffalo Indoor - 1966 Austin Smith Championships - 1966 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1966 Charlotte - 1966 Dallas Invitation - 1966 Detroit Invitation - 1966 Wimbledon - 1965 Roland Garros - 1965 US Open - 1965 Pacific Coast Championship - 1965 Sugar Bowl - 1965 US Clay Courts - 1965 Western States Championships - 1965 Queens Club Tournament - 1965 Italian International Championships - 1965 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1965 US International Indoor Championships - 1965 River Oaks Tournament - 1965 Dixie Championships - 1965 Conde de Godo - 1965 International Club Matches - FRA - 1965 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1965 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1965 Austin Smith Championships - 1965 Altamira International Invitation - 1965 Colombia International - 1965 Mexico International - 1965 Curacao International - 1965 Masters Invitation - 1965 Fort Worth - 1965 Philadelphia Indoors - 1965 Wimbledon - 1964 US Open - 1964 Swiss International Championships - 1964 Miami - 1964 Newport Casino Tournament - 1964 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1964 Sugar Bowl - 1964 US Clay Courts - 1964 Queens Club Tournament - 1964 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1964 River Oaks Tournament - 1964 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1964 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1964 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1964 Tulsa Invitation - 1964 Masters Invitation - 1964 Dallas Invitation - 1964 Baltimore Invitation - 1964 Florida State Closed - 1964 Wimbledon - 1963 US Open - 1963 Victorian Championships - 1963 New South Wales Championships - 1963 Newport Casino Tournament - 1963 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1963 Queens Club Tournament - 1963 River Oaks Tournament - 1963 Sicilian International Championships - 1963 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1963 Tulsa Invitation - 1963 Middle Atlantic Grass Courts - 1963 Pan American Games - 1963 Philadelphia Indoors - 1963 Israel Autumn International Invitation - 1963 Dallas Indoor Invitation - 1963 Middle Atlantic Indoors - 1963 Wimbledon - 1962 Roland Garros - 1962 US Open - 1962 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1962 Sugar Bowl - 1962 US Clay Courts - 1962 Queens Club Tournament - 1962 US International Indoor Championships - 1962 River Oaks Tournament - 1962 Championships of Berlin - 1962 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1962 West of England Championships - 1962 Buffalo Indoor - 1962 Buccaneer Days - 1962 USSR International Championships - 1962 Florida State Closed - 1962 Bluebonnet Invitation - 1962 Wimbledon - 1961 US Open - 1961 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1961 Sugar Bowl - 1961 Irish Championships - 1961 Queens Club Tournament - 1961 River Oaks Tournament - 1961 Kent Championships - 1961 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1961 Thunderbird Invitation - 1961 Royal Palm Invitation - 1961 US Hard Courts - 1961 Tulsa Invitation - 1961 Middle Atlantic Grass Courts - 1961 Dallas Invitation - 1961 Permian Basin Invitation - 1961 Tuscaloosa Grass Court Invitation - 1961 Wimbledon - 1960 US Open - 1960 Miami - 1960 Newport Casino Tournament - 1960 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1960 Cincinnati - 1960 Queens Club Tournament - 1960 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1960 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1960 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1960 Miami Invitational - 1960 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1960 Austin Smith Championships - 1960 Colombia International - 1960 Newport - Consolation - 1960 Southampton - Consolation - 1960 US Open - 1959 Miami - 1959 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1959 Cincinnati - 1959 University of Miami - 1959 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1959 Austin Smith Championships - 1959 Hollywood Florida - 1959 US Open - 1958

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