John Albert “Jack” Kramer was an American tennis player of the 1940s and 1950s. A World No. 1 player for a number of years, and one of the most important people in the establishment of modern men’s “Open”-era tennis, he was the leading promoter of professional tennis tours in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a relentless advocate for the establishment of Open Tennis between amateur and professional players. An International Tennis Federation proposal to introduce Open tennis lost by five votes in 1960, but became a reality in 1968. In 1970, he created the Men’s Grand Prix points system. In 1972, he helped found the Association of Tennis Professionals with Donald Dell and Cliff Drysdale, and was the first Executive Director. He was unpaid at his request. In that role, he was the leader of an ATP boycott of Wimbledon in 1973, for the banning of Nikola Pilić from the tournament.
|Full name:||John Albert Kramer|
|Born:||August 1, 1921, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Died:||September 12, 2009, Bel Air, California, U.S.|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Turned pro:||November 1947 (first senior amateur event 1937)|
|Plays:||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF:||1968 (member page)|
|Career record:||678–288 (70.1%)|
|Highest ranking:||No. 1 (1946, Pierre Gillou)|
|US Open:||W (1946, 1947)|
|US Pro:||W (1948)|
|Wembley Pro:||W (1949)|
|French Pro:||F (1950)|
|Wimbledon:||W (1946, 1947)|
|US Open:||W (1940, 1941, 1943, 1947)|
|US Open:||W (1941)|
|Davis Cup:||W (1946, 1947)|
About Jack Kramer
World No. 1 tennis player for much of the 1940s; considered one of the best to ever play the sport.
He gave up playing basketball after watching Ellsworth Vine play.
He came out with his own line of Jack Kramer Autograph tennis rackets, which were best sellers for more than 30 years.
He fathered five sons with his wife, Gloria.
He lost a match in the junior leagues to Arthur Marx, the son of Groucho Marx.
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