Colin Dibley
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Colin Dibley

Colin Dibley
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Colin Dibley (1977)
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceWest Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Born (1944-09-19) 19 September 1944 (age 76)
Sydney, Australia
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1970
Retired1981
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record291-287
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 26 (4 June 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1979)
French Open3R (1971, 1973, 1975, 1978)
WimbledonQF (1971, 1972)
US Open3R (1971)
Doubles
Career record339-247
Career titles17
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1977Dec)
French OpenQF (1977)
WimbledonQF (1975)
US Open3R (1971, 1977)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1972)

Colin Dibley (born 19 September 1944) is a former tennis player from Australia.

Dibley once held the title for the fastest serve in the world at 148 m.p.h. During his professional career, he also won four singles and seventeen doubles titles. The right-hander reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 26 in June 1973. After retiring in 1981, he took up real estate, still keeping himself in the game through coaching others.

Known for his enormous serve, Dibley has been noted as having one of the most "live arms" of his generation by ESPN commentator Pam Shriver.

Career finals

Singles 7 (4 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1972 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Australia Dick Crealy 6-1, 6-3, 6-4
Loss 1. 1972 Sacramento, US Hard United States Stan Smith 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 4-6
Win 2. 1973 La Costa WCT, US Hard United States Stan Smith 6-3, 7-6
Win 3. 1973 South Orange, US Grass India Vijay Amritraj 6-4, 6-7, 6-4
Loss 2. 1976 Little Rock, US Carpet Pakistan Haroon Rahim 4-6, 5-7
Loss 3. 1977 Laguna Niguel, US Hard Rhodesia Andrew Pattison 6-2, 6-7, 4-6
Win 4. 1980 Perth, Australia Grass United States Chris Delaney 6-2, 6-4

Doubles 32 (17 titles, 15 runner-ups)

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1972 Stockholm Hard (i) Australia Roy Emerson Netherlands Tom Okker
United States Marty Riessen
5-7, 6-7
Loss 2. 1973 WCT Miami Open Hard Australia Terry Addison Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
4-6, 4-6
Loss 3. 1973 Richmond WCT Carpet Australia Terry Addison Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
6-3, 3-6, 4-6
Loss 4. 1973 St. Louis WCT Carpet Australia Terry Addison Sweden Ove Nils Bengtson
United States Jim McManus
2-6, 5-7
Loss 5. 1973 Columbus Open Hard United States Charles Pasarell United Kingdom Gerald Battrick
United Kingdom Graham Stilwell
4-6, 6-7
Win 1. 1973 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship Grass Australia Allan Stone United States John Austin
United States Fred McNair
7-6, 6-3
Loss 6. 1973 Tokyo Outdoor Australia Allan Stone Australia Mal Anderson
Australia Ken Rosewall
5-7, 5-7
Win 2. 1973 ATP Hong Kong Hard Australia Rod Laver United States Paul Gerken
United States Brian Gottfried
6-3, 5-7, 17-15
Win 3. 1974 River Oaks International Tennis Tournament Clay Australia Rod Laver United States Arthur Ashe
United States Roscoe Tanner
4-6, 7-6, 6-4
Loss 7. 1975 Orlando WCT Hard Australia Ray Ruffels United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
4-6, 4-6
Win 4. 1975 St. Louis WCT Clay Australia Ray Ruffels Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
6-4, 6-4
Win 5. 1975 Turkey Open Outdoor Brazil Thomaz Koch Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
United Kingdom John Feaver
6-2, 6-2, 6-2
Win 6. 1976 Indian Wells Masters Hard United States Sandy Mayer South Africa Raymond Moore
United States Erik van Dillen
6-4, 6-7, 7-6
Win 7. 1976 Palma, Spain Clay United States John Andrews Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia John Marks
2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Loss 8. 1976 Madrid, Spain Clay United States John Andrews Brazil Carlos Kirmayr
Spain Eduardo Mandarino
6-7, 6-4, 6-8
Win 8. 1976 ATP Florence Clay Brazil Carlos Kirmayr Hungary Péter Sz?ke
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
5-7, 7-5, 7-5
Win 9. 1977 Arkansas International Tennis Tournament Carpet Pakistan Haroon Rahim South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6-7, 6-3, 6-3
Win 10. 1977 ATP Denver Carpet Australia Geoff Masters Australia Syd Ball
Australia Kim Warwick
6-2, 6-3
Win 11. 1977 South Orange Open Hard Poland Wojtek Fibak Romania Ion ?iriac
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6-1, 7-5
Loss 9. 1977 Tokyo Outdoor Clay Australia Chris Kachel Australia Geoff Masters
Australia Kim Warwick
2-6, 6-7
Win 12. 1978 Arkansas International Tennis Tournament Carpet Australia Geoff Masters United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
7-6, 6-3
Loss 10. 1978 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Australia Geoff Masters South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
5-7, 6-7
Loss 11. 1978 Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships Grass Australia Bob Giltinan United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
4-6, 4-6
Win 13. 1978 Columbus Open Clay Australia Bob Giltinan Mexico Marcello Lara
United States Eliot Teltscher
6-2, 6-3
Loss 12. 1979 Friendship Cup Hard India Anand Amritraj Romania Ion ?iriac
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
4-6, 6-2, 4-6
Loss 13. 1979 ATP Tulsa Hard (i) United States Tom Gullikson Paraguay Francisco González
United States Eliot Teltscher
7-6, 5-7, 3-6
Loss 14. 1979 ATP Stowe Hard India Anand Amritraj United States Mike Cahill
United States Steve Krulevitz
6-3, 3-6, 4-6
Loss 15. 1979 ATP Tel Aviv Hard United States Mike Cahill Romania Ilie N?stase
Netherlands Tom Okker
5-7, 4-6
Win 14. 1979 Tokyo Outdoor Clay United States Pat DuPré Australia Rod Frawley
Paraguay Francisco González
3-6, 6-1, 6-1
Win 15. 1979 ATP Adelaide Grass Australia Chris Kachel Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6-7, 7-6, 6-4
Win 16. 1980 Lorraine Open Carpet United States Gene Mayer United States Chris Delaney
Australia Kim Warwick
7-6, 7-5
Win 17. 1981 ATP Adelaide Grass Australia John James United States Craig Edwards
South Africa Eddie Edwards
6-3, 6-4

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