Eric Clifford ‘Cliff Drysdale, who gave his identification as a professional tennis player was ranked as a top professional tennis player in 1960s and early 1970s. Born on 26 May 1941 in Nelspruit, South Africa, Clifford won various tennis title for his country. In 1968, he was signed as one of the Eight group of players by Lamar Hunt as the Handsome Eight for World Championship Tennis, newly formed professional tennis group. In 1965 he was ranked as the world No. 4 tennis player by Lance Tingay, The daily Telegraph and in 1972, he became president of the Association of Tennis Professionals, which was formed by Donald Dell, Jack Kramer and himself.
BACKGROUND & CAREER
Grown up and raised in South Africa, Drysdale completed his school education in South Africa and started his amateur tour from 1962 and became professional in 1968. As an amateur player, Drysdale won the title of Dutch Open in Hilversum for two consecutive years, 1963 and 1964. He was the winner of the single title at the German Championships of 1965, where he defeated Boro Jovanovic in the final. During his open era career, Drysdale won U.S. Open doubles title with Roger Taylor and won other five singles title and 5 double titles. Drysdale introduced two-handed backhand in tennis, which he used in the 1960s.
During his career, he played various grand slam such as Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open, where he reached the semifinal of French Open and Wimbledon in 1965 and 1966. US open title in 1965 is the biggest win in Drysdale Career. After playing tennis for nearly two decades he retired from tennis in 1980. After retirement, he became a citizen of United States and currently works as a tennis commentator on ESPN. Along with partner Don Henderson, he has founded Cliff Drysdale Tennis that works in the resort, hotel and club tennis management.
“To me, Federer is the best player that ever hit a tennis ball on a tennis court. But he can get better. He has this whole thing about raising the bar. They are not jus wotds. Just as the Williams sisters raised it for women’s tennis, he has raised it for the men’s game. But there will be a response and he knows that.”
ACHIEVEMENTS & PERSONAL FIGURE
Cliff Drysdale who showed his strong presence in both clay court and grass court was awarded by William M. Johnston Award in 1998 by the USTA for his contribution to tennis and later on he was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013. Cliff Drysdale currently resides in Miami, Florida with his wife Dianna Belmonte, with who he got married in 2011. 76kg Drysdale might have attracted many girls with his height of 1.87m but there has not been any rumors about his past affairs, boyfriend, and relationships. Drysdale who loves to remain private about his personal matter has not revealed any information about his Net Worth and earnings but he might have earned good money out of his career.