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Clarence Griffin : biography

January 19, 1888 - March 28, 1973

Clarence James "Peck" Griffin (born January 19, 1888 in San Francisco, California – died March 28, 1973) was an American tennis player.

Career

Griffin ranked in singles in the U.S. Top Ten three times: he was No. 7 in 1915 and No. 6 in both 1916 and 1920. In addition to his singles success, Griffin also made a mark in doubles with fellow Californian Bill Johnston.

Griffin and Johnston won the U.S. doubles title three times (1915, 1916, and 1920), and Griffin also reached the 1913 doubles final with John Strachan. He and Strachan won the U.S. Clay Court title that year, and in 1914 Griffin reached his singles final in a comeback beating of Elia Fottrell, 3–6, 6–8, 8–6, 6–0, 6–2, for the Clay Court singles crown (held that year in Cincinnati).

His best major performance in singles was reaching the semi-finals of the 1916 U.S. National Championships. He also reached the quarter-finals in 1914, 1915, 1917 and 1920.

In 1913 he won the singles title at the Niagara International Tennis Tournament defeating Edward H. Whitney in four sets. He successfully defended his title in the challenge round in the following year, 1914, against George Church, also in four sets. He won the singles and doubles titles at the Cincinnati tournament in 1915 and was a doubles champion and singles finalist in Cincinnati in 1916. In 1915 he was victorious in the Tri-State Championship, disposing W.S. McElroy in the challenge round in three straight sets.

He was a 5-foot-7 right-handed player and entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1970. His nephew was entertainer Merv Griffin.

Grand Slam doubles finals

Titles (3)

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1915 U.S. Championships USA}} Bill Johnston USA}} Maurice E. McLoughlin Tom Bundy 2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
1916 U.S. Championships USA}} Bill Johnston USA}} Maurice E. McLoughlin Ward Dawson 6–4, 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
1920 U.S. Championships USA}} Bill Johnston USA}} Roland Roberts Willis E. Davis 6–2, 6–2, 6–3

Runners-up (1)

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1913 U.S. Championships USA}} John Strachan USA}} Maurice E. McLoughlin Tom Bundy 4–6, 5–7, 1–6
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