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Cliff Drysdale

Tennis player from South Africa,United States of America

Cliff Drysdale Cliff Drysdale (born 26 May 1941, Nelspruit (former Transvaal, present-day Mpumalanga), South Africa) 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, signed by Lamar Hunt in 1968 for the newly formed 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's career-high singles ranking was World No. 4, achieved in 1965. During his career, Drysdale captured five singles titles and six doubles titles including winning the 1972 U.S. Open doubles crown. He defeated Rod Laver in 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.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Clifford Drysdale
Date of birth
1941-05-26
Place of birth
South Africa
Nationality
South Africa,United States of America
Spouse(s)
DiAnna Belmonte Jill Olcott Jean Forbes
Profession
Tennis player, Commentator

Athlete facts

Sports
Tennis

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