Dennis Ralston


Dennis Ralston

Richard Dennis Ralston (born July 27, 1942 in Bakersfield, California) is an American former professional tennis player. He attended the University of Southern California (USC) and won NCAA championships under their legendary coach, George Toley. He was coached in his earlier years by the legendary tennis player, Pancho Gonzales. He was the highest ranked American player at the end of three consecutive years in 1960s with his highest world singles ranking of 5.[1]

He lost in the 1966 Men's Singles Championship Finals of Wimbledon to Manuel Santana.[2]

Ralston was a member of the Handsome Eight,[3] and won 27 national doubles and singles titles, including five grand-slam doubles crowns.[4]

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Grand Slam finals, 13 (5 titles, 8 runner-ups)

Singles, 1 final (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
Runner-Up 1966 Wimbledon Championships Grass Spain Manuel Santana 6–4, 11–9, 6–4

Men's Doubles, 9 finals (5 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1960 Wimbledon Championships Grass Mexico Rafael Osuna United Kingdom Mike Davies
United Kingdom Bobby Wilson
7–5, 6–3, 10–8
Winner 1961 US Championships Grass United States Chuck McKinley Mexico Rafael Osuna
Mexico Antonio Palafox
6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 13–11
Runner-Up 1962 US Championships Grass United States Chuck McKinley Mexico Rafael Osuna
Mexico Antonio Palafox
6–4, 10–12, 1–6, 9–7, 6–3
Winner 1963 US Championships (2) Grass United States Chuck McKinley Mexico Rafael Osuna
Mexico Antonio Palafox
9–7, 4–6, 5–7, 6–3, 11–9
Winner 1962 US Championships (3) Grass United States Chuck McKinley United Kingdom Mike Sangster
United Kingdom Graham Stilwell
6–3, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1966 French Championships Clay United States Clark Graebner Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Ţiriac
6–3, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-Up 1966 US Championships (2) Grass United States Clark Graebner Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Fred Stolle
6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-Up 1969 US Open (3) Grass United States Clark Graebner Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
2–6, 7–5, 13–11, 6–3
Runner-Up 1971 Wimbledon Championships Grass United States Arthur Ashe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
4–6, 9–7, 6–8, 6–4, 6–4

Mixed Doubles, 3 finals (3 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-Up 1962 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom Ann Haydon Jones United States Margaret Osborne duPont
Australia Neale Fraser
2-6, 6–3, 13–11
Runner-Up 1966 Wimbledon Championships (2) Grass United States Billie Jean King Australia Margaret Court
Australia Ken Fletcher
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-Up 1969 US Open Grass France Françoise Durr Australia Margaret Court
United States Marty Riessen
6–4, 7–5

References

  1. ^ "Dennis Ralston". Tennis Hall of Fame. http://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/dennis-ralston. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Harman, Neil (23 June 2008). "'I see Rafa playing tennis I do not believe'". The Times. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article4192490.ece. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Atkin, Ronald (5 March 2000). "Britain turn to passion of the handsome one". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/britain-turn-to-passion-of-the-handsome-one-723406.html. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Porter, Ross. "Dennis Ralston". Real Sport Heroes. http://realsportsheroes.com/dennis-ralston/. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 

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