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Dennis Ralston

Dennis Ralston US tennis player

US tennis player
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A.K.A. Robert Dennis Ralston
Is Athlete Sports coach Tennis player Tennis coach
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 27 July 1942, Bakersfield
Age: 77 years
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Richard Dennis Ralston (born July 27, 1942) is an American former professional tennis player whose active career spanned the 1960s and 1970s..
As a young player he was coached by tennis pro Pancho Gonzales. He attended the University of Southern California (USC) and won NCAA championships under their coach, George Toley. He and partner Bill Bond captured the NCAA doubles title in 1964. He was the highest-ranked American player at the end of three consecutive years in the 1960s; Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph ranked him as high as World No. 5 in 1966 (Ralston was also ranked World No. 3 by the magazine Reading Eagle in 1963).
His best result at a Grand Slam singles event came in 1966 when he was seeded sixth and reached the final of the Wimbledon Championships which he lost to fourth-seeded Manuel Santana in straight sets. At the end of that year he turned professional.
Ralston was a member of the Handsome Eight, the initial group of players signed to the professional World Championship Tennis tour. He won 27 national doubles and singles titles, including five grand-slam doubles crowns.
Ralston, Davis Cup winner with the US Davis Cup team in 1963, continued to serve in the team as a coach in 1968-1971 and as a captain in 1972-1975, winning with it the trophy in 1972 over Romania.

Ralston was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.

Grand Slam finals, 13 (5 titles, 9 runners-up)

Singles, 1 final (1 runner-up)

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

Doubles, 9 finals (5 titles, 4 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
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
4–6, 12–10, 6–1, 7–9, 3–6
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 1964 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
4–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-Up 1969 US Open (3) Grass United States Charlie Pasarell Australia Ken Rosewall
Australia Fred Stolle
6–2, 5–7, 11–13, 3–6
Runner-Up 1971 Wimbledon Championships Grass United States Arthur Ashe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6–4, 7–9, 8–6, 4–6, 4–6

Mixed Doubles, 4 finals (4 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-Up 1961 US Championships Grass United States Darlene Hard Australia Margaret Smith
Australia Bob Mark
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Runner-Up 1962 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom Ann Haydon-Jones United States Margaret Osborne duPont
Australia Neale Fraser
6–2, 3–6, 11–13
Runner-Up 1966 Wimbledon Championships (2) Grass United States Billie Jean King Australia Margaret Court
Australia Ken Fletcher
6–4, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-Up 1969 US Open Grass France Françoise Dürr Australia Margaret Court
United States Marty Riessen
4–6, 5–7

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