Jim Grabb
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Jim Grabb

Jim Grabb
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceSagaponack, New York
Born (1964-04-14) April 14, 1964 (age 57)
Tucson, Arizona
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro1986
Retired1997
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$3,274,155
Singles
Career record179-199 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 24 (February 12, 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1988)
French Open2R (1992)
Wimbledon3R (1988, 1990)
US Open4R (1989)
Doubles
Career record395-237 (ATP, Grand Prix and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles23
Highest rankingNo. 1 (June 12, 1989)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1989, 1993, 1996)
French OpenW (1989)
WimbledonF (1992)
US OpenW (1992)

Jim Grabb (born April 14, 1964) is an American former professional tennis player. In doubles, he won the 1989 French Open and the 1992 US Open. He was ranked the world No. 1 doubles player in both 1989 and in 1993. His best singles ranking of world No. 24, he achieved in 1990.

Tennis career

Early years

Grabb is Jewish,[1] and he attended Tucson High Magnet School.[2] Grabb was from 1984 to 1986 a three-time doubles and two-time singles all-American, helping Stanford University win the NCAA title in 1986 and finish runner-up in 1984.

In 1986, he won the annual Rafael Osuna Award, presented by college coaches for good sportsmanship and valuable contributions to the sport.[3]

Professional career

Grabb defeated Andre Agassi at a singles tournament in Seoul, Korea in 1987 for his first career victory.[1] He won two doubles Grand Slam events: the 1989 French Open (with Patrick McEnroe) and the 1992 US Open (with Richey Reneberg).[1] He won 23 doubles tour titles, with 26 finals appearances.[1] He won two tour singles titles, in 1987 at Seoul and in 1992 at Taipei.[4] His best showing in a Grand Slam event was fourth-round appearance in the 1989 US Open.

Grabb won the men's 35 senior doubles with his tennis partner Richey Reneberg at the 2002 and 2003 US Open.[5]

Davis Cup

He was a member of the United States Davis Cup team in 1993.[4]

Hall of Fame

The Northern California section of the USTA inducted Grabb into its Hall of Fame in 2006.[3]

Grand Slam finals

Doubles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1989 French Open Clay United States Patrick McEnroe Iran Mansour Bahrami
France Eric Winogradsky
6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-5)
Loss 1992 Wimbledon Grass United States Richey Reneberg United States John McEnroe
Germany Michael Stich
7-5, 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 6-7(5-7), 17-19
Win 1992 US Open Hard United States Richey Reneberg United States Kelly Jones
United States Rick Leach
3-6, 7-6(7-2), 6-3, 6-3

Career finals

Doubles (23-27)

Legend
Grand Slam (2)
Tennis Masters Cup (1)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Championship Series (7)
ATP World Series (12)
Titles by surface
Hard (12)
Clay (2)
Grass (1)
Carpet (8)
Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Apr 1987 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Ken Flach United States Eric Korita
United States Mike Leach
7-6, 1-6, 5-7
Win 1. Oct 1987 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet United States Patrick McEnroe United States Glenn Layendecker
United States Todd Witsken
6-2, 0-6, 6-4
Loss 2. Oct 1987 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet (i) United States Sammy Giammalva Jr. Australia Broderick Dyke
Netherlands Tom Nijssen
3-6, 2-6
Loss 3. Nov 1987 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Jim Pugh Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
3-6, 4-6
Loss 4. Jan 1988 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Sammy Giammalva Jr. United States Marty Davis
United States Tim Pawsat
3-6, 6-3, 4-6
Loss 5. Apr 1988 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Gary Donnelly United Kingdom Andrew Castle
Argentina Roberto Saad
7-6, 4-6, 6-7
Loss 6. Aug 1988 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
2-6, 4-6
Loss 7. Sep 1988 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Australia Peter Doohan United States John McEnroe
Australia Mark Woodforde
4-6, 4-6
Loss 8. Oct 1988 Paris Indoor, France Carpet (i) South Africa Christo van Rensburg United States Paul Annacone
Australia John Fitzgerald
2-6, 2-6
Win 2. Nov 1988 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Kevin Curren United States Paul Annacone
Australia John Fitzgerald
7-5, 6-4
Loss 9. Apr 1989 Miami, U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
Sweden Anders Järryd
3-6, ret.
Win 3. Jun 1989 French Open, Paris Clay United States Patrick McEnroe Iran Mansour Bahrami
France Eric Winogradsky
6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6
Loss 10. Jul 1989 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe United Kingdom Neil Broad
South Africa Gary Muller
7-6, 6-7, 4-6
Win 4. Dec 1989 Masters Cup, London Carpet (i) United States Patrick McEnroe Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-3
Loss 11. Mar 1990 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe West Germany Boris Becker
France Guy Forget
6-4, 4-6, 3-6
Loss 12. May 1990 Kiawah Island, U.S. Clay Mexico Leonardo Lavalle United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
2-6, 3-6
Loss 13. Jun 1990 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass United States Patrick McEnroe Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
West Germany Michael Stich
6-7, 3-6
Loss 14. Oct 1990 Lyon, France Carpet (i) United States David Pate United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Kelly Jones
6-7, 4-6
Win 5. Nov 1990 Wembley, England Carpet (i) United States Patrick McEnroe United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
7-6, 4-6, 6-3
Win 6. Oct 1991 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Richey Reneberg United States Luke Jensen
Australia Laurie Warder
6-4, 6-4
Win 7. Oct 1991 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet (i) United States Richey Reneberg United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
7-5, 2-6, 7-6
Win 8. Jan 1992 Auckland, New Zealand Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Canada Grant Connell
Canada Glenn Michibata
6-4, 6-3
Win 9. Feb 1992 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i) United States Richey Reneberg South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
6-4, 7-5
Loss 15. Feb 1992 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i) United States Richey Reneberg Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
4-6, 6-7
Win 10. Apr 1992 Hong Kong, U.K. Hard United States Brad Gilbert Zimbabwe Byron Black
South Africa Byron Talbot
6-2, 6-1
Win 11. Jun 1992 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass United States Richey Reneberg United States John McEnroe
Germany Michael Stich
6-4, 6-7, 6-4
Loss 16. Jul 1992 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Richey Reneberg United States John McEnroe
Germany Michael Stich
7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 17-19
Win 12. Aug 1992 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard United States Richey Reneberg Canada Grant Connell
Canada Glenn Michibata
7-6, 6-2
Win 13. Sep 1992 US Open, New York Hard United States Richey Reneberg United States Kelly Jones
United States Rick Leach
3-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3
Loss 17. Oct 1992 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Richey Reneberg United States Patrick McEnroe
United States Jonathan Stark
2-6, 3-6
Loss 18. Oct 1992 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet (i) United States Richey Reneberg Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6-7, 4-6
Win 14. Feb 1993 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i) United States Richey Reneberg South Africa Marcos Ondruska
United States Brad Pearce
6-7, 6-3, 6-0
Loss 19. Feb 1994 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jared Palmer Zimbabwe Byron Black
United States Jonathan Stark
6-7, 4-6
Loss 20. Feb 1994 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i) United States Jared Palmer Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
3-6, 4-6
Win 15. Apr 1994 Hong Kong, U.K. Hard New Zealand Brett Steven Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Patrick Rafter
w/o
Loss 21. Aug 1994 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard United States Richey Reneberg Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3-6, 4-6
Win 16. Feb 1995 San Jose, U.S. Hard (i) United States Patrick McEnroe United States Alex O'Brien
Australia Sandon Stolle
3-6, 7-5, 6-0
Win 17. Feb 1995 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i) United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
7-6, 6-7, 6-3
Loss 22. Mar 1995 Miami, U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3-6, 6-7
Win 18. Oct 1995 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard United States Jared Palmer United States Kent Kinnear
United States David Wheaton
6-4, 7-5
Loss 23. Nov 1995 Paris Indoor, France Carpet (i) United States Todd Martin Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
2-6, 2-6
Loss 24. Feb 1996 Shanghai, China Carpet (i) Australia Michael Tebbutt The Bahamas Mark Knowles
The Bahamas Roger Smith
6-4, 2-6, 6-7
Win 19. Aug 1996 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard United States Richey Reneberg Czech Republic Petr Korda
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
7-6, 4-6, 6-4
Win 20. Oct 1996 Lyon, France Carpet (i) United States Richey Reneberg United Kingdom Neil Broad
South Africa Piet Norval
6-2, 6-1
Loss 25. Oct 1997 Basel, Switzerland Carpet (i) Germany Karsten Braasch United Kingdom Tim Henman
Switzerland Marc Rosset
6-7, 7-6, 6-7
Win 21. Mar 1998 London, England Carpet (i) Czech Republic Martin Damm Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6-4, 7-5
Win 22. May 1998 St. Pölten, Austria Clay Australia David Macpherson South Africa David Adams
Zimbabwe Wayne Black
6-4, 6-4
Loss 26. Jul 1998 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Australia Joshua Eagle France Olivier Delaître
France Fabrice Santoro
1-6, 6-3, 3-6
Win 23. Aug 1998 Toronto, Canada Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
6-7, 6-2, 7-6
Loss 27. Feb 2000 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) United States Richey Reneberg United States Justin Gimelstob
Canada Sébastien Lareau
2-6, 4-6

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Career SR Career W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A NH A 1R QF A A 2R QF 1R A QF 3R 2R 1R A 0 / 9 11-9
French Open A A A A A W SF 1R QF A 1R QF 3R 3R 3R 1R A 1 / 10 22-9
Wimbledon A A A 1R SF 3R 3R 1R F A A 1R 3R SF 3R 2R A 0 / 11 21-11
US Open 2R A A 1R 3R 2R A 1R W A 1R 1R A SF QF 2R A 1 / 11 18-10
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 2 / 41 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-2 5-3 11-3 6-2 0-3 15-3 3-1 0-3 3-3 6-3 12-4 8-4 2-4 0-0 N/A 72-39
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These tournaments were not

Masters Series events

before 1990.
F SF A QF 2R 1R QF 2R 2R 2R A 0 / 9 13-9
Miami A 2R A A 2R F QF A 3R 2R 1R 0 / 7 9-7
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0-1
Rome 1R A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 4 1-4
Hamburg A A A A A A A 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 3 0-3
Canada A 2R QF A 2R 2R A A W QF A 1 / 6 9-5
Cincinnati A 2R QF A 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 8 5-8
Stuttgart (Stockholm) 1R A A A A 2R SF 2R 2R A A 0 / 5 4-5
Paris QF 1R SF A 1R F 2R 1R 2R A A 0 / 8 9-8
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 4 0 / 5 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 5 0 / 6 0 / 5 0 / 6 1 / 9 0 / 6 0 / 1 1 / 51 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 5-4 5-5 4-3 1-1 4-5 8-6 9-5 3-6 8-8 3-6 0-1 N/A 50-50
Year-end ranking 167 406 268 28 13 9 24 22 3 116 36 15 25 32 15 85 208 N/A

A = did not attend tournament
NH = tournament not held

Grand Prix and ATP Tour finals

Singles (2 wins, 1 loss)

Result Date Tournament Surface Opponents Score
Win April 27, 1987 Seoul, South Korea Hard United States Andre Agassi 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
Loss July 23, 1990 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard United States Andre Agassi 1-6, 4-6
Win October 26, 1992 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet Australia Jamie Morgan 6-3, 6-3

Miscellaneous

Grabb was ranked 17th on Sports Illustrated's list of Arizona's 50 Greatest Sports Figures of the 20th century.[1] He served as vice president of the ATP Tour Player Council in 1998-99.[1]

Grabb married Sarah Stenn in 2002 in California. While on tour he resided, at least for a time, in Hermosa Beach, California.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Grabb, Jim". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Hansen, Greg. "2. Jim Grabb, Tucson High". Arizona Daily Star.
  3. ^ a b "NorCal USTA Honors Hall of Fame Inductees at Bank of the West Classic ...Jeff Arons, Jim Grabb, Tracy Houk and Barbara Jordan inducted". Bank of the West Classic. Archived from the original on October 21, 2006. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Jim Grabb". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Celebrity Jews in the News". Jewish News Weekly. September 18, 2003. Archived from the original on January 13, 2006. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Jim Grabb". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2014.

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