General Eric Clifford (Cliff)
Drysdale
Male
South Africa
1941-05-26
Nelspruit, South Africa


About

Eric Clifford 'Cliff' Drysdale is a former top-ranked professional tennis player of the 1960s and early 1970s who became a well-known tennis announcer. He was one of the Handsome Eight, a group of players signed by Lamar Hunt in 1968 for the newly formed professional World Championship Tennis (WCT) group.
He became President of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) when it was formed by Jack Kramer, Donald Dell, and himself in 1972. Drysdale was ranked World No. 4 in 1965 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph.

During his career, Drysdale captured five singles titles and six doubles titles including winning the 1972 U.S. Open doubles crown with Roger Taylor. He defeated Rod Laver in the fourth round of the first US Open in 1968. He became a naturalized United States citizen after retiring as a player. Today, he serves as a tennis commentator on ESPN. He is the founder of Cliff Drysdale Tennis (along with partners Don Henderson and Tom Brownhill) which specializes in resort, hotel, and club tennis management.

In 1998 Drysdale won the William M. Johnston Award for contribution to men’s tennis, given by the USTA.

In 2013 Drysdale was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Archive statistics 1959 - 1980
38
1089
720


Tournament wins 1978 - Baltimore International Indoors (Open)
1977 - Salt Lake City International (Open)
1974 - WCT - Miami (WCT Circuit)
1971 - Irish Championships (Amateur)
1971 - Aventura Classic (WCT Circuit)
1971 - Belgian International Championships ()
1968 - Tulsa Pro Championships (Professional)
1968 - Swiss International Championships (Amateur)
1967 - Crystal Palace (Amateur)
1967 - Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship (Open)
1966 - Eastern Province (Open)
1966 - Knokke Le-Zoute (Amateur)
1966 - Dixie Championships (Amateur)
1965 - Stuttgart (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1965 - German International Championships ()
1965 - South African Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1965 - Western Province (Open)
1965 - Cheltenham (Amateur)
1964 - Netherlands International Championships (Open)
1964 - Heart of America (Open)
1964 - Freiburg (Amateur)
1964 - Hanover International (Amateur)
1964 - Eastern Province (Open)
1964 - Western Province (Open)
1964 - Southern Transvaal Championships (Amateur)
1964 - Eastern Transvaal (Amateur)
1964 - Orange Free State ()
1964 - Northern Transvaal (Amateur)
1964 - Barcelona Fall - Real Turo (Amateur)
1964 - Stuttgart (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1964 - London Hard Courts (Amateur)
1964 - Border Championships (Open)
1963 - Netherlands International Championships (Open)
1963 - Orange Free State ()
1963 - Heart of America (Open)
1962 - Eastern Province (Open)
1962 - San Luis Potosi Open (Open)
1961 - Western Province (Open)


Tournaments Wimbledon - 1980 Milan Indoors - 1980 Wimbledon - 1979 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1979 Japan Open - 1979 Indian Wells - 1979 Philadelphia Indoors - 1979 Atlanta Open - 1979 Tulsa Open - 1979 Baltimore International Indoors - 1979 Australian Indoors - 1979 Dayton Classic - 1979 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1979 South Pacific - 1979 Fürth - 1979 US Open - 1978 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1978 US International Indoor Championships - 1978 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1978 Indian Wells - 1978 Philadelphia Indoors - 1978 WCT - St. Louis - 1978 Milan Indoors - 1978 Baltimore International Indoors - 1978 Denver - 1978 Birmingham International Indoor - 1978 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1978 Las Vegas Indoor - 1978 Tokyo Indoor - 1978 Australian Open - 1977 Wimbledon - 1977 US Open - 1977 Southern California Championship - 1977 South African Championships - 1977 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1977 Abierto Mexicano - 1977 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1977 Indian Wells - 1977 Charlotte - 1977 Philadelphia Indoors - 1977 WCT - St. Louis - 1977 WCT Finals - 1977 WCT - Toronto - 1977 Las Vegas - 1977 Birmingham International Indoor - 1977 Gunze International - 1977 WCT - Monterrey - 1977 Santa Barbara International - 1977 Salt Lake City International - 1977 WCT Tournament of Champions - 1977 Australian Open - 1976 Wimbledon - 1976 Pacific Coast Championship - 1976 Indian Wells - 1976 Philadelphia Indoors - 1976 Washington Indoor - 1976 WCT - Barcelona - 1976 Downeast Classic - 1976 Gunze International - 1976 WCT - Fort Worth - 1976 WCT - Memphis - 1976 WCT - Columbus - 1976 WCT - Indianapolis - 1976 WCT - Rome - 1976 Towson Classic - 1976 San Jose - 1976 Seattle Indoor - 1976 Johannesburg Open - 1976 US Open - 1975 Canadian International Championships - 1975 Pacific Coast Championship - 1975 Cincinnati - 1975 US Clay Courts - 1975 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1975 River Oaks Tournament - 1975 US Pro Championships - 1975 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1975 Philadelphia Indoors - 1975 Atlanta Open - 1975 WCT - Toronto - 1975 Washington Indoor - 1975 Las Vegas - 1975 WCT - Tokyo - 1975 CBS Classic - 1975 Tucson - ATP - 1975 Gunze International - 1975 WCT - Fort Worth - 1975 WCT - San Antonio - 1975 WCT - Memphis - 1975 Louisville Pro - 1975 Monte Carlo - 1974 German International Covered Court Championships - 1974 Japan International Championships - 1974 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1974 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1974 Philadelphia Indoors - 1974 WCT - Toronto - 1974 Washington Indoor - 1974 WCT - Miami - 1974 Las Vegas - 1974 Rotterdam - 1974 CBS Classic - 1974 Tucson - ATP - 1974 Gunze International - 1974 Johannesburg Open - 1974 Roland Garros - 1973 US Open - 1973 Canadian International Championships - 1973 Pacific Coast Championship - 1973 Queens Club Tournament - 1973 Italian International Championships - 1973 South African Championships - 1973 Japan International Championships - 1973 Nottingham - 1973 Belgian International Championships - 1973 Philadelphia Open - 1973 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1973 Glenwood Manor Invitation - 1973 Sao Paulo International - 1973 Washington Open - 1973 WCT - St. Louis - 1973 Atlanta Open - 1973 WCT - Miami - 1973 Las Vegas - 1973 Cliff Drysdale Invitation - 1973 WCT - La Costa - 1973 WCT - Munich - 1973 WCT - Gothenburg - 1973 Osaka Open - 1973 Johannesburg Open - 1973 US Open - 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 Washington Open - 1972 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1972 WCT - St. Louis - 1972 WCT Finals - 1972 WCT - Toronto - 1972 Louisville Open - 1972 WCT-Quebec - 1972 WCT - Chicago - 1972 WCT - Vancouver - 1972 WCT - Miami - 1972 WCT-Hilton Head - 1972 Denver - 1972 Las Vegas - 1972 WCT-Cleveland - 1972 WCT Montreal - 1972 WCT Alamo - 1972 WCT - Tokyo - 1972 WCT Essen - 1972 WCT European Finals - 1972 WCT - Gothenburg - 1972 Stockholm Open - 1972 Johannesburg Open - 1972 Australian Open - 1971 Wimbledon - 1971 Canadian International Championships - 1971 Pacific Coast Championship - 1971 Irish Championships - 1971 Queens Club Tournament - 1971 Italian International Championships - 1971 US Pro Championships - 1971 South African Championships - 1971 Belgian International Championships - 1971 Conde de Godo - 1971 British Covered Court Championships - 1971 Midland Invitation - 1971 Wills Open Championships - 1971 Washington Open - 1971 Philadelphia Indoors - 1971 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1971 WCT Finals - 1971 Bologna Indoor - 1971 Louisville Open - 1971 WCT-Quebec - 1971 WCT - Chicago - 1971 Rothman International Tournament - 1971 WCT - Vancouver - 1971 Aventura Classic - 1971 United Bank Invitational Round Robin - 1971 WCT Dallas - 1971 Aryamehr Cup - 1971 Baton Rouge Pros - 1971 WCT Cologne - 1971 Stockholm Open - 1971 Wimbledon - 1970 Monte Carlo - 1970 US Open - 1970 Canadian International Championships - 1970 Swiss International Championships - 1970 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1970 Queens Club Tournament - 1970 US Pro Championships - 1970 South African Championships - 1970 Welsh Championships - 1970 Conde de Godo - 1970 British Covered Court Championships - 1970 Natal Championships - 1970 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1970 Wills Open Championships - 1970 WCT - St. Louis - 1970 Atlanta Open - 1970 Paris Indoor - 1970 WCT - London - 1970 Dallas Morning News Classic - 1970 Howard Hughes Pro Invitation - 1970 Midland Open - 1970 National Tennis Classic - 1970 WCT - Vancouver - 1970 German Pro Tour - 1970 Grenoble Pro - 1970 Basel Pro - 1970 Stockholm Open - 1970 Wimbledon - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 US Open - 1969 Swiss International Championships - 1969 Queens Club Tournament - 1969 Italian International Championships - 1969 British Hard Court Championships - 1969 US Pro Championships - 1969 German International Championships - 1969 Championships of Berlin - 1969 South African Championships - 1969 Belgian International Championships - 1969 British Covered Court Championships - 1969 Natal Championships - 1969 Aix-en-Provence - 1969 Wills Open Championships - 1969 Malaga Pros - 1969 Portschach Pros - 1969 Chicago Planters Pro Tourney - 1969 Paris Indoor - 1969 Stockholm Open - 1969 Wimbledon - 1968 US Open - 1968 Swiss International Championships - 1968 Queens Club Tournament - 1968 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1968 US Pro Championships - 1968 German International Championships - 1968 French Professional Championship - 1968 New South Wales Pro Championships - 1968 Kansas City Vass Championships - 1968 St. Louis Vass Championships - 1968 Miami Pro Championships - 1968 Houston Pro Championships - 1968 New Orleans Pro Championships - 1968 Orlando Professional Championships - 1968 Tulsa Pro Championships - 1968 Los Altos Hills Pro Championships - 1968 Bakersfield Pro Championships - 1968 Fresno Pro Championships - 1968 Evansville Pro Tennis Classic - 1968 WCT Twin Cities Championships - 1968 Buffalo Pro Championships - 1968 Baltimore Pro Championships - 1968 Transvaal Pros - 1968 Johannesburg Pros - 1968 Durban Pros - 1968 East London Pros - 1968 Port Elizabeth Pros - 1968 Cape Town Pros - 1968 Kimberley Pros - 1968 Wembley Professional Championships - 1968 Cannes Pro Championship Second edition - 1968 WCT Newport Casino - 1968 Wimbledon - 1967 Roland Garros - 1967 US Open - 1967 Queens Club Tournament - 1967 Italian International Championships - 1967 US International Indoor Championships - 1967 Dixie Championships - 1967 Ontario Championships - 1967 West of England Championships - 1967 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1967 Philadelphia Open - 1967 Western Province - 1967 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1967 Crystal Palace - 1967 Ontario Centennial - 1967 Wimbledon - 1966 Roland Garros - 1966 US Open - 1966 Queens Club Tournament - 1966 Italian International Championships - 1966 US International Indoor Championships - 1966 Dixie Championships - 1966 German International Championships - 1966 South African Championships - 1966 Deauville - 1966 Conde de Godo - 1966 Natal Championships - 1966 Western Province - 1966 Pittsburgh Indoor - 1966 Orange Free State - 1966 Antwerpen International - 1966 Knokke Le-Zoute - 1966 Fort Worth - 1966 Quebec International Round Robin - 1966 Border Championships - 1966 Eastern Province - 1966 Wimbledon - 1965 Monte Carlo - 1965 Roland Garros - 1965 US Open - 1965 Pacific Coast Championship - 1965 Queens Club Tournament - 1965 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1965 British Hard Court Championships - 1965 German International Championships - 1965 South African Championships - 1965 Argentina International Championships - 1965 Deauville - 1965 Cheltenham - 1965 Natal Championships - 1965 Heart of America - 1965 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1965 Western Province - 1965 Stuttgart - 1965 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1965 Orange Free State - 1965 Brumana International - 1965 Midland Invitation - 1965 Fort Worth - 1965 Wimbledon - 1964 Roland Garros - 1964 US Open - 1964 Swiss International Championships - 1964 Netherlands International Championships - 1964 British Hard Court Championships - 1964 German International Championships - 1964 South African Championships - 1964 Argentina International Championships - 1964 Southern Transvaal Championships - 1964 Welsh Championships - 1964 British Covered Court Championships - 1964 Natal Championships - 1964 Heart of America - 1964 Bavarian International Championships - 1964 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1964 Western Province - 1964 London Hard Courts - 1964 Stuttgart - 1964 Orange Free State - 1964 Hanover International - 1964 Santander - 1964 Eastern Transvaal - 1964 Bilbao International - 1964 Border Championships - 1964 Freiburg - 1964 Barcelona Fall - Real Turo - 1964 Eastern Province - 1964 Northern Transvaal - 1964 Barcino Club - 1964 South African Test Matches - 1964 Wimbledon - 1963 Roland Garros - 1963 US Open - 1963 Queens Club Tournament - 1963 Netherlands International Championships - 1963 German International Championships - 1963 South African Championships - 1963 Southern Transvaal Championships - 1963 Baden-Baden - 1963 Conde de Godo - 1963 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1963 Heart of America - 1963 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1963 Western Province - 1963 Stuttgart - 1963 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1963 Orange Free State - 1963 International Championshps of the Ruhr-Area - 1963 Brumana International - 1963 Border Championships - 1963 Johannesburg Invitation - 1963 Wimbledon - 1962 Roland Garros - 1962 US Open - 1962 Newport Casino Tournament - 1962 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1962 Queens Club Tournament - 1962 Italian International Championships - 1962 River Oaks Tournament - 1962 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1962 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1962 San Luis Potosi Open - 1962 Gstaad - 1962 Ignis International - 1962 Eastern Province - 1962 South African Championships - 1961 Western Province - 1961 Rhodesian Open - 1961 Border Championships - 1961 Eastern Province - 1961 South African Championships - 1960 South African Championships - 1959

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