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Cliff Drysdale

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  • Age: 73 (26.05.1941)
  • Birthplace: Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
  • Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed
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South Africa

South Africa

As of 18.05.2015
Ranking W-L Titles Prize Money




381-219 5 $0

Singles & Doubles combined





188-159 6 $0

Singles & Doubles combined

Both on and off the court, Cliff Drysdale is one of the most popular personalities in the international tennis community. This South African played 45 Davis Cup matches for his former homeland, South Africa, over a six-year period. In 1972, Drysdale teamed with Roger Taylor to win the U.S. Open doubles crown. They defeated the formidable team of Legends Owen Davidson and John Newcombe in three sets.

Drysdale was ranked several times in the world's top ten in singles, and he earned his way to being number one in the world on the senior tour in 1989. The highlight of Drysdale's singles career was a finals showing in the 1965 U.S. Championships.

Throughout his celebrated career, he netted 35 singles and 24 doubles titles, including 1965 German Open singles title, the 1965 South African singles championship, and the 1972 U.S. Open doubles title (w/Taylor).

Another title he proudly held, off the courts, was that of founder and first President of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He served as the ATP's first president from 1972-74. 

Drysdale went from making the shots - to calling them. He is the game's preeminent tennis announcer and his insightful tennis commentary makes him a popular personality on ABC Sports and ESPN, and on the pages of Tennis Magazine where he is a contributing writer.

When not traveling, Drysdale resides in Miami, Florida. He was inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2013…

ATP Heritage: The Rankings That Changed History (23 August 2013)

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