General George Clifford (Cliff)
Richey Jr
Male
United States of America
1946-12-31
San Angelo, Texas, United States of America


About

He is an American former amateur and professional tennis player who was active during the 1960s and 1970s. Richey achieved a highest singles ranking of World No. 6 and reached at least the quarterfinal stage of the singles event at all four Grand Slam tournaments.

Richey was the American junior national tennis champion in 1962 (16 years) and 1963 (18 years) and in 1964 he won the boys' singles title at the French Championships.

Richey was a member of the American team which won the 1969 Davis Cup against Romania but did not actively participate. He was an active member of the team that won the 1970 Davis Cup, winning both his singles matches in the final against West Germany, and was voted the most valuable player. In September 1971, Richey quit the Davis Cup team before the final against Romania citing his disagreement with the USLTA over the choice of surface and the lack of consultation with players. In total, Richey played in seven Davis Cup ties between 1966 and 1970 and compiled a record of ten wins and three losses.

Richey was the winner of the first Grand Prix tennis circuit, organized in 1970, finishing ahead of Arthur Ashe and Ken Rosewall. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 6, achieved in 1970, and No. 1 in the U.S for that same year. The No. 1 ranking was decided by the outcome of the semifinal match at the Pacific Coast Championships against his direct competitor, Stan Smith, and ultimately came down to just a single point when both players had a match-point at 4–4 in the sudden death tiebreak of the final set.

Richey reached the semifinal of a Grand Slam tournament on three occasions. His first semifinal appearance was at the 1970 French Open where he lost to Yugoslav Željko Franulović in a five-set match after leading two-sets-to-one and 5–1 in the fourth set and having failed to convert two match points. At the 1970 US Open later that year Richey again reached the semifinal which he lost in straight sets to Australian Tony Roche. His last Grand Slam semifinal appearance came two years later at the 1972 US Open where he defeated Rod Laver in the fourth round but was beaten in the semis in straight sets by compatriot Arthur Ashe. His best singles result at the Wimbledon Championships was reaching the quarterfinal in 1971 in which he lost to Ken Rosewall in a close four-hour five-set match.

During the first years of the Open Era, which started in 1968, Richey chose to be an independent professional but in April 1972 he became a contract professional when he signed a four-year contract with Lamar Hunt to join the World Championship Tennis tour.

He won 45 tournament titles over the span of a 26-year career (1964–1992) including:
Canadian Open (1969), South African Open (1972), U.S. Indoor Championships (1968),
U.S. Clay Court Championships (1966, 1970), South American Championships (1966, 1967),
Western Open (1965, 1966, 1969), Legends Senior Tour Championships (1983), CBS Tennis Classic (1974).
He is one of the founding members of Association of Tennis Professionals (1972).



Media


Archive statistics 1962 - 1979
45
1079
760


Tournament wins 1978 - Johannesburg Open (Grand Prix Circuit)
1977 - Bahamas International (Open)
1976 - Bermuda Classic (Grand Prix Circuit)
1974 - CBS Classic (WCT Circuit)
1972 - Rothman International Tournament (Professional)
1972 - Bretton Woods International (WCT Circuit)
1972 - South African Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1971 - Fort Lauderdale (Open)
1971 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1971 - Des Moines International Indoors (Open)
1971 - Glenwood Manor Invitation (Open)
1970 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1970 - Washington Open (Open)
1970 - Atlanta Invitation Tournament (Open)
1970 - Charlotte (WCT Circuit)
1970 - Macon Indoor (WCT Circuit)
1970 - Carolinas International Classic (Open)
1970 - Austin Smith Championships (Amateur)
1969 - Omaha International (Open)
1969 - Thunderbird Invitation (Amateur)
1969 - Curacao International (Amateur)
1969 - Cincinnati (ATP)
1969 - Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship (Open)
1969 - Canadian International Championships ()
1969 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1968 - US International Indoor Championships (Amateur)
1968 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1968 - Permian Basin Invitation (Amateur)
1968 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1967 - River Plate Championships (Amateur)
1967 - Tulsa Invitation (Open)
1967 - South American Championship (Amateur)
1967 - Porto Alegre (Amateur)
1967 - Peru International Championships (Amateur)
1966 - South American Championship (Amateur)
1966 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1966 - West of England Championships (Amateur)
1966 - Western States Championships (Open)
1965 - Dallas Invitation (Amateur)
1965 - Western States Championships (Open)
1964 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1964 - Pittsburgh Indoor (Amateur)
1963 - Texas Sectional Championships (Open)
1962 - San Angelo Open ()
1962 - Permian Basin Invitation (Amateur)


Tournaments Baltimore International Indoors - 1979 Bahamas International - 1979 Roland Garros - 1978 US Open - 1978 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1978 River Oaks Tournament - 1978 South African Championships - 1978 Indian Wells - 1978 Baltimore International Indoors - 1978 Miami Classic - 1978 Springfield Classic - 1978 Johannesburg Open - 1978 Sarasota Open - 1978 Oklahoma Open - 1978 Stowe - 1978 Sommers - 1978 US Open - 1977 Pacific Coast Championship - 1977 Southern Championships - 1977 Cincinnati - 1977 Queens Club Tournament - 1977 River Plate Championships - 1977 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1977 US International Indoor Championships - 1977 South African Championships - 1977 Indian Wells - 1977 Washington Open - 1977 Washington Indoor - 1977 Las Vegas - 1977 Bahamas International - 1977 Downeast Classic - 1977 Jackson - 1977 Miami Classic - 1977 Ocean City CBS Invitational - 1977 Virginia Beach International - 1977 WCT Tournament of Champions - 1977 US Open - 1976 Pacific Coast Championship - 1976 Cincinnati - 1976 US Clay Courts - 1976 River Oaks Tournament - 1976 South African Championships - 1976 Nottingham - 1976 Indian Wells - 1976 Charlotte - 1976 Washington Open - 1976 Philadelphia Indoors - 1976 WCT - St. Louis - 1976 Hampton - 1976 WCT- Sao Paulo - 1976 Washington Indoor - 1976 Tempe - 1976 Baltimore International Indoors - 1976 Las Vegas - 1976 Vienna International Indoor - 1976 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1976 WCT - Fort Worth - 1976 North Conway - 1976 Dewar Cup - 1976 WCT - Monterrey - 1976 Boca Raton IPA Classic - 1976 Bermuda Classic - 1976 Wimbledon - 1975 US Open - 1975 Pacific Coast Championship - 1975 US Clay Courts - 1975 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1975 River Oaks Tournament - 1975 US Pro Championships - 1975 Nottingham - 1975 Glenwood Manor Invitation - 1975 Washington Open - 1975 Philadelphia Indoors - 1975 Atlanta Open - 1975 WCT - Toronto - 1975 Louisville Open - 1975 Washington Indoor - 1975 Las Vegas - 1975 Australian Indoors - 1975 CBS Classic - 1975 Tucson - ATP - 1975 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1975 South Pacific - 1975 WCT - Fort Worth - 1975 WCT - San Antonio - 1975 WCT - Memphis - 1975 Perth Open - 1975 Japan International Championships - 1974 Nottingham - 1974 Christchurch - 1974 Charlotte - 1974 Philadelphia Indoors - 1974 WCT - St. Louis - 1974 Atlanta Open - 1974 Las Vegas - 1974 WCT - La Costa - 1974 Australian Indoors - 1974 CBS Classic - 1974 WCT - St. Petersburg - 1974 WCT - Hempstead - 1974 Tucson - ATP - 1974 WCT - New Orleans - 1974 WCT - Orlando - 1974 Maui Island Holidays Classic - 1974 Roland Garros - 1973 US Open - 1973 Canadian International Championships - 1973 US Clay Courts - 1973 Queens Club Tournament - 1973 Italian International Championships - 1973 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1973 US Pro Championships - 1973 German International Championships - 1973 Belgian International Championships - 1973 Philadelphia Open - 1973 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1973 Washington Open - 1973 WCT - St. Louis - 1973 Atlanta Open - 1973 WCT - Toronto - 1973 Tanglewood - 1973 WCT - Miami - 1973 WCT-Hilton Head - 1973 Las Vegas - 1973 Rainier Classic - 1973 WCT - La Costa - 1973 WCT - Munich - 1973 WCT - Gothenburg - 1973 Chicago International Open - 1973 Johannesburg Open - 1973 US Open - 1972 US International Indoor Championships - 1972 US Pro Championships - 1972 South African Championships - 1972 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1972 Charlotte - 1972 Washington Open - 1972 Colonial Pro Invitation - 1972 WCT - St. Louis - 1972 Hampton - 1972 Louisville Open - 1972 Washington Indoor - 1972 Rothman International Tournament - 1972 WCT - Vancouver - 1972 Clean Air Classic - 1972 Des Moines International Indoors - 1972 Los Angeles Inernational - 1972 Denver - 1972 Las Vegas - 1972 Bretton Woods International - 1972 WCT-Cleveland - 1972 WCT Montreal - 1972 WCT Alamo - 1972 WCT - Tokyo - 1972 WCT Essen - 1972 WCT - Gothenburg - 1972 Stockholm Open - 1972 Johannesburg Open - 1972 Wimbledon - 1971 Roland Garros - 1971 US Open - 1971 Pacific Coast Championship - 1971 Cincinnati - 1971 US Clay Courts - 1971 Queens Club Tournament - 1971 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1971 US International Indoor Championships - 1971 River Oaks Tournament - 1971 Argentina International Championships - 1971 Belgian International Championships - 1971 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1971 Charlotte - 1971 Glenwood Manor Invitation - 1971 US Hard Courts - 1971 Washington Open - 1971 Fort Lauderdale - 1971 Midland International Indoors - 1971 Buddy Pontiac International - 1971 Clean Air Classic - 1971 Des Moines International Indoors - 1971 Tanglewood - 1971 Johannesburg Round Robin - 1971 Wimbledon - 1970 Roland Garros - 1970 US Open - 1970 Pacific Coast Championship - 1970 Cincinnati - 1970 US Clay Courts - 1970 Queens Club Tournament - 1970 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1970 US International Indoor Championships - 1970 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1970 River Oaks Tournament - 1970 US Pro Championships - 1970 Argentina International Championships - 1970 Belgian International Championships - 1970 British Covered Court Championships - 1970 Philadelphia Open - 1970 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1970 Macon Indoor - 1970 Austin Smith Championships - 1970 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1970 Charlotte - 1970 Wills Open Championships - 1970 Washington Open - 1970 Paris Indoor - 1970 Midland International Indoors - 1970 Hampton - 1970 Carolinas International Classic - 1970 World Cup - 1970 Stockholm Open - 1970 Wimbledon - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 US Open - 1969 Canadian International Championships - 1969 Pacific Coast Championship - 1969 Sugar Bowl - 1969 Cincinnati - 1969 US Clay Courts - 1969 Queens Club Tournament - 1969 Italian International Championships - 1969 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1969 US International Indoor Championships - 1969 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1969 Championships of Berlin - 1969 South African Championships - 1969 Belgian International Championships - 1969 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1969 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1969 Macon Indoor - 1969 Curacao International - 1969 Thunderbird Invitation - 1969 South American Championship - 1969 Omaha International - 1969 Garden Challenge Trophy Open - 1969 Wills Open Championships - 1969 Washington Open - 1969 Quebec International Round Robin - 1969 Howard Hughes Open - 1969 Chile International - 1969 Wimbledon - 1968 Roland Garros - 1968 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1968 Sugar Bowl - 1968 US Clay Courts - 1968 Western States Championships - 1968 Queens Club Tournament - 1968 Italian International Championships - 1968 US International Indoor Championships - 1968 River Oaks Tournament - 1968 West of England Championships - 1968 Philadelphia Open - 1968 Macon Indoor - 1968 Altamira International Invitation - 1968 Colombia International - 1968 St. Petersburg Masters Invitation - 1968 Reggio Calabria - 1968 Permian Basin Invitation - 1968 US National Amateur Championships - 1968 Australian Open - 1967 Wimbledon - 1967 US Open - 1967 Pacific Coast Championship - 1967 US Clay Courts - 1967 Western States Championships - 1967 River Plate Championships - 1967 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1967 US International Indoor Championships - 1967 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1967 Tasmanian Championships - 1967 Western Australia Championships - 1967 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1967 Mexico International - 1967 South American Championship - 1967 Tulsa Invitation - 1967 Sao Paulo International - 1967 Porto Alegre - 1967 Rio De Janeiro International - 1967 Peru International Championships - 1967 Wimbledon - 1966 South Australian Championships - 1966 Roland Garros - 1966 US Open - 1966 Victorian Championships - 1966 Newport Casino Tournament - 1966 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1966 US Clay Courts - 1966 Western States Championships - 1966 Queens Club Tournament - 1966 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1966 River Oaks Tournament - 1966 West of England Championships - 1966 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1966 Tasmanian Championships - 1966 Western Australia Championships - 1966 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1966 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1966 St. Petersburg Masters Invitation - 1966 South American Championship - 1966 Dallas Invitation - 1966 Wimbledon - 1965 South Australian Championships - 1965 Roland Garros - 1965 US Open - 1965 Victorian Championships - 1965 New South Wales Championships - 1965 Swiss International Championships - 1965 US Clay Courts - 1965 Western States Championships - 1965 Queens Club Tournament - 1965 Italian International Championships - 1965 US International Indoor Championships - 1965 River Oaks Tournament - 1965 Queensland Championships - 1965 West of England Championships - 1965 International Club Matches - FRA - 1965 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1965 Masters Invitation - 1965 Dallas Invitation - 1965 Pittsburgh Golf Club Invitation - 1965 Midland Invitation - 1965 Fort Worth - 1965 Baltimore Invitation - 1965 Wimbledon - 1964 Roland Garros - 1964 US Open - 1964 Nassau Bowl - 1964 Newport Casino Tournament - 1964 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1964 Sugar Bowl - 1964 US Clay Courts - 1964 Queens Club Tournament - 1964 Italian International Championships - 1964 Championships of Berlin - 1964 Kent Championships - 1964 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1964 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1964 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1964 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1964 Pittsburgh Indoor - 1964 London Hard Courts - 1964 Masters Invitation - 1964 Dallas Invitation - 1964 Midland Invitation - 1964 Fort Worth - 1964 Tucson Racquet Club Invitation - 1964 US Open - 1963 Sugar Bowl - 1963 US Clay Courts - 1963 Western States Championships - 1963 Texas Sectional Championships - 1963 Tulsa Invitation - 1963 Dallas Invitation - 1963 Fort Worth - 1963 Dallas Indoor Invitation - 1963 US Clay Courts - 1962 Tulsa Invitation - 1962 Dallas Invitation - 1962 Permian Basin Invitation - 1962 Fort Worth - 1962 San Angelo Open - 1962 Bluebonnet Invitation - 1962

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.