José Luis Clerc (born 16 August 1958) is a former Argentine professional tennis player, and one of the most important Argentine players in history. He is nicknamed Batata. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 4 singles ranking on 3 August 1981, following a run of 25 consecutive match wins after Wimbledon.
|José Luis Clerc|
|Residence||Miami, United States|
|Born||16 August 1958|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Retired||1986 (from full-time playing)|
1995 (last match)
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||378–152 (71.32%)|
|Career titles||25 (listed by ATP)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (3 August 1981)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1980)|
|French Open||SF (1981, 1982)|
|US Open||4R (1979, 1981)|
|Tour Finals||QF (1982)|
|WCT Finals||QF (1982)|
|Highest ranking||No. 30 (8 October 1979)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||SF (1981)|
|Wimbledon||2R (1977, 1979, 1981)|
Clerc represented Argentina for the Davis Cup from 1976 to 1989. With fellow top player Guillermo Vilas, they led Argentina to her first Davis Cup final in 1981 to set up a tie against United States in Cincinnati. After Vilas lost the first rubber in straight sets to John McEnroe, Clerc defeated Roscoe Tanner in straight sets in the second rubber to level the tie. During the third rubber, partnering Vilas, the pair lost to Fleming/McEnroe in doubles, 9–11 in the fifth and deciding set. Clerc then played McEnroe in the fourth rubber and eventually lost in 5 sets.
Clerc, along with Vilas and Carlos Gattiker, made the final of 1980 World Team Cup in Düsseldorf. Clerc defeated former French Open champion Adriano Panatta 7–6, 6–3. Argentina eventually beat Italy 3–0 to claim the title.
In 1981, Clerc entered the French Open off an 11-match win streak, and defeated Jimmy Connors in an epic 5-setter in the quarterfinals to extend it to 16. The streak ended when Clerc lost in 5 sets against Ivan Lendl who advanced into his first Grand Slam final, despite being up 2 sets to 1 and had a match point in the fourth set. Later that year, starting after Wimbledon, Clerc won another 28 consecutive matches before losing in the third round of the US Open.
In 1982, Clerc reached the semifinals of the French Open for the second consecutive year, and was looking to create the unprecedented all-Argentine final at the French Open, but was however upset by a 17-year old Swedish teenager Mats Wilander in four sets. Wilander would go on to beat Vilas in the final in 4 sets to become the youngest winner of a Grand Slam at the time.
Injuries began to plague Clerc since 1984 and his consistency dropped. Clerc never recovered and only played sporadically after 1985.
|Winner||1.||21 May 1978||Florence, Italy||Clay||Patrice Dominguez||6–4, 6–2, 6–1|
|Runner-up||1.||10 July 1978||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||3–6, 6–7, 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||31 July 1978||South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||1–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||14 August 1978||Toronto, Canada||Clay||Eddie Dibbs||7–5, 4–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||4.||25 September 1978||Aix-En-Provence, France||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||3–6, 0–6, 3–6|
|Winner||2.||26 November 1978||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Víctor Pecci||6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||4 December 1978||Santiago de Chile, Chile||Clay||Víctor Pecci||3–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||4.||16 April 1979||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Deon Joubert||6–2, 6–1|
|Runner-up||5.||19 November 1979||Buenos Aires, Argentina (2)||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||1–6, 2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||5.||10 March 1980||San José de Costa Rica, Costa Rica||Hard||Jimmy Connors||4–6, 2–6, retired|
|Runner-up||6.||21 July 1980||Washington D.C., US||Clay||Brian Gottfried||5–7, 6–4, 4–6|
|Winner||6.||28 July 1980||South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.||Clay||John McEnroe||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||4 August 1980||Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.||Clay||Mel Purcell||7–5, 6–3|
|Winner||8.||29 September 1980||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–3, 1–6, 1–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||9.||3 November 1980||Quito, Ecuador||Clay||Víctor Pecci||6–4, 1–6, 10–8|
|Winner||10.||17 November 1980||Buenos Aires, Argentina (2)||Clay||Rolf Gehring||6–7, 2–6, 7–5, 6–0, 6–3|
|Winner||11.||11 May 1981||Florence, Italy (2)||Clay||Raúl Ramírez||6–1, 6–2|
|Winner||12.||18 May 1981||Italian Open, Rome||Clay||Víctor Pecci||6–3, 6–4, 6–0|
|Winner||13.||13 July 1981||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Clay||Hans Gildemeister||0–6, 6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||14.||20 July 1981||Washington D.C., US||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||7–5, 6–2|
|Winner||15.||28 July 1981||North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S.||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||16.||3 August 1981||Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. (2)||Clay||Ivan Lendl||4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||7.||12 October 1981||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Ivan Lendl||2–6, 3–6, 0–6|
|Winner||17.||8 February 1982||Richmond, Virginia, U.S.||Carpet (i)||Fritz Buehning||3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||8.||12 April 1982||Houston, Texas, US||Clay||Ivan Lendl||6–3, 6–7, 0–6, 4–1, retired|
|Winner||18.||7 June 1982||Venice, Italy||Clay||Peter McNamara||7–6, 6–1|
|Winner||19.||5 July 1982||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||6–1, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||20.||12 July 1982||Zell am See, Austria||Clay||Heinz Günthardt||6–0, 3–6, 6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||21.||15 November 1982||Sao Paulo, Brazil||Clay||Marcos Hocevar||6–2, 6–7, 6–3|
|Winner||22.||24 January 1983||Guarujá, Brazil||Hard||Mats Wilander||3–6, 7–5, 6–1|
|Winner||23.||11 July 1983||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. (2)||Clay||Jimmy Arias||6–3, 6–1|
|Winner||24.||18 July 1983||Washington D.C., U.S. (2)||Clay||Jimmy Arias||6–3, 3–6, 6–0|
|Runner-up||9.||12 September 1983||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Jimmy Arias||2–6, 6–2, 0–6|
|Winner||25.||25 July 1983||North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S. (2)||Clay||Andrés Gómez||6–3, 6–1|
|Runner-up||10.||16 July 1984||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. (3)||Clay||Aaron Krickstein||6–7, 6–3, 4–6|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||1R||2R||NH||0 / 2||1–2|
|French Open||2R||2R||2R||SF||SF||2R||2R||3R||1R||0 / 9||17–9|
|Wimbledon||1R||4R||3R||3R||1R||0 / 5||7–5|
|US Open||3R||4R||1R||4R||1R||1R||1R||0 / 7||8–7|
|Win–Loss||0–0||3–4||7–3||4–4||10–3||5–2||1–3||1–1||2–2||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||0 / 23||33–23|
|Masters||Did Not Qualify||RR||RR||QF||1R||Did Not Qualify||0 / 4||2–6|
Regarded as two of the most important Argentine male tennis players, José Luis Clerc and Guillermo Vilas played each other 14 times in their careers, with Vilas leading 10–4. Vilas was 6 years older than Clerc, making it a clash of generations. Vilas being a dominant force on clay for much of the second half of 1970s, Clerc was considered a rising star on clay during that time. All of their 14 meetings came after the quarterfinal stages (with one exception, which was at the Masters Grand Prix) and included 8 finals. Vilas won their first 6 encounters before 1980, including 4 finals and only lost 1 set to Clerc during that time. However, since 1980, they had a tied record of 4–4, with Clerc winning all 4 of the finals.
Despite their insurmountable contribution to Argentine tennis, the pair did not get along, the tension between them even reverberating at the 2004 French Open awards ceremony, in which Vilas presented Gastón Gaudio his trophy over Clerc's objections.
Coincidentally, both players' final Grand Slam appearance was at the 1989 French Open where both received a wild card entry.
José Luis Clerc in 1980 married to Annelie Czerner and has two sons & a daughter: Juan Pablo Clerc (born 23 September 1981), Dominique Clerc (born 12 January 1984), and Nicolás Clerc (born 19 October 1990). In 2005 they divorced, Clerc in 2008 married with Gisela Medrano MD, with whom they had a daughter named Sophie (born 7 April 2011).
Clerc runs a tennis school in Argentina, participates in Senior tournaments, and regularly serves as a tennis analyst for ESPN Latin America and ESPN Deportes. He also coaches Sebastian Baez, a top ArgentinIan junior player.
The 1978 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit held that year. It consisted of four Grand Slam tournaments, the Grand Prix tournaments and the Nations Cup, a team event. In addition eight World Championship Tennis (WCT) tournaments, a separate professional tennis circuit held from 1971 through 1977, were incorporated into the Grand Prix circuit. Jimmy Connors won 10 of the 84 tournaments which secured him the first place in the Grand Prix points ranking. However he did not play enough tournaments (13) to qualify for largest share ($300,000) of the bonus pool, which instead went to third–ranked Eddie Dibbs.1978 South American Championships (tennis)
The 1978 South American Championships was an men's Grand Prix tennis circuit tournament held in Buenos Aires, Argentina and played on outdoor clay courts. The event was held from 20 November through 26 November 1978. José Luis Clerc won the singles title.1979 Grand Prix (tennis)
The 1979 Colgate-Palmolive Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit held that year. It consisted of four Grand Slam tournaments, the Grand Prix tournaments and the Nations Cup, a team event.1979 Nations Cup (tennis)
The 1979 Nations Cup, also known by its sponsored name Ambre Solaire Nations Cup, was a men's team tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the third edition of the World Team Cup and was part of the 1979 Grand Prix circuit. It took place at the Rochusclub in Düsseldorf in Germany from 7 May through 14 May 1979. Total prize money was $250,000 and in total 44,500 people attended the event. Spain were the defending champions but did not compete that year. Australia defeated Italy in the final, which was delayed by one day due to rain, to win the title for the first time.The draw consisted of eight teams divided over two round-robin groups. The two best ranked teams from each group proceeded to the semifinals. Each match consisted of two singles and a doubles.1980 Grand Prix (tennis)
The 1980 Volvo Grand Prix was a men's professional tennis circuit held that year. It incorporated the four grand slam tournaments, the Grand Prix tournaments. The Grand Prix circuit is a precursor to the ATP Tour.
Volvo became the new tour sponsor of the Grand Prix circuit after Colgate-Palmolive decided to end its sponsorship.1980 South American Championships (tennis)
The 1980 South American Championships was a men's tennis tournament held in Buenos Aires, Argentina that was part of the 1980 Volvo Grand Prix. The event was played on outdoor clay courts and was held from 17 November though 23 November 1980. José Luis Clerc won the singles title.1980 U.S. Clay Court Championships
The 1980 U.S. Clay Court Championships was a men's Grand Prix and women's Colgate Series tennis tournament held at the Indianapolis Sports Center in Indianapolis in the United States and played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 12th edition of the tournament and was held from August 4 through August 10, 1980. Eighth-seeded José Luis Clerc and top-seeded Chris Evert-Lloyd won the singles titles.1981 Davis Cup World Group
The World Group was the highest level of Davis Cup competition in 1981. The first round losers went into the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs while the winners progressed to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinalists were guaranteed a World Group spot for 1982.1981 Grand Prix (tennis)
The 1981 Volvo Grand Prix was the only men's professional tennis circuit held that year. It consisted of the four Grand Slam tournaments and the Grand Prix tournaments. The World Championship Tennis (WCT) Tour was incorporated into the Grand Prix circuit. The WCT tour consisted of eight regular tournaments, a season's final, three tournaments categorized as special events and a doubles championship. In total 89 tournaments were held divided over 29 countries. The circuit was administered by the Men's International Professional Tennis Council (MIPTC).1981 Italian Open (tennis)
The 1981 Italian Open was a combined men's and women's tennis tournament that was played on outdoor clay courts. For the second time in the history of the tournament the men and women competed in different locations. The men's event was held at the traditional location of Foro Italico in Rome, while the women played in Perugia. It was the 38th edition of the tournament. The men's tournament was part of the 1981 Volvo Grand Prix while the women's tournament was part of the Toyota Series (Category 3). The women's event was played from 4 May through 10 May 1981 while the men's event was organized from 18 May through 24 May 1981. Third-seeded José Luis Clerc won the men's singles title and the accompanying $24,000 first-prize money. The women's singles title was won by first-seeded Chris Evert-Lloyd, her fourth Italian Open title after 1974, 1975 and 1980.1981 U.S. Clay Court Championships
The 1981 U.S. Clay Court Championships was a men's Grand Prix and women's Toyota Series tennis tournament held in Indianapolis in the United States and played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 13th edition of the tournament and was held from August 3 through August 9, 1981. Second-seeded José Luis Clerc and top-seeded Andrea Jaeger won the singles titles.1981 Volvo International
The 1981 Volvo International was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts in North Conway, New Hampshire in the United States and was part of the 1981 Volvo Grand Prix. The tournament ran from July 28 through August 3, 1981. José Luis Clerc won the singles title.1981 Washington Star International
The 1981 Washington Star International was a men's tennis tournament and was played on outdoor clay courts. The event was part of the 1981 Grand Prix circuit. It was the 13th edition of the tournament and was held at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. from July 20 through July 26, 1981. Third-seeded José Luis Clerc won the singles title.1982 Grand Prix (tennis)
The 1982 Volvo Grand Prix was a professional tennis circuit held that year. It incorporated the four grand slam tournaments, the Grand Prix tournaments. The circuit was administered by the Men's International Professional Tennis Council (MIPTC). On 30 April 1981 World Championship Tennis (WCT) announced its withdrawal from the Grand Prix circuit, which it had been incorporated into since 1978, and the re-establishment of its own tour calendar for the 1982 season. To counter the threat of player leaving the Grand Prix tour for the WCT the MIPTC introduced a mandatory commitment to play at least 10 Grand Prix Super Series tournaments.1982 World Championship Tennis circuit
The 1982 World Championship Tennis circuit was one of the two rival professional male tennis circuits of 1982. It was organized by World Championship Tennis (WCT). On 30 April 1981 WCT announced its withdrawal from the Grand Prix circuit, which it had been incorporated into since 1978, and the establishment of its own full calendar season for 1982. According to WCT owner Lamar Hunt the reasons for the withdrawal were the restrictions placed on them by the Men's Professional Council, the administrators of the Grand Prix circuit. The 1982 WCT circuit consisted of a Spring Tour, with nine tournaments, a Summer/Fall Tour, with five tournaments, and a Winter Tour with six tournaments. Each tour segment had its own finals tournament (Dallas, Naples and Detroit respectively).
Total prize money, including bonuses, for the circuit was $7,933,000 which represented an increase of approximately $5 million compared to 1981.1983 Davis Cup World Group
The World Group was the highest level of Davis Cup competition in 1983. The first-round losers went into the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs, and the winners progress to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinalists were guaranteed a World Group spot for 1984.1983 Sovran Bank Classic
The 1983 Sovran Bank Classic was a men's tennis tournament and was played on outdoor clay courts. The event was part of the 1983 Grand Prix circuit. It was the 15th edition of the tournament and was held at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. from July 18 through July 24, 1983. First-seeded José Luis Clerc won the singles title, his second at the event after 1981.1983 Volvo International
The 1983 Volvo International was a men's tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts in North Conway, New Hampshire in the United States and was part of the 1983 Volvo Grand Prix circuit. It was the 11th edition of the tournament and was held from July 25 through July 31, 1983. José Luis Clerc won the singles title.Fernando Luna (tennis)
Fernando Luna Vicente (born 24 April 1958) is a former tennis player from Spain.
The right-handed achieved his highest ATP singles ranking of World No. 33 in May 1984 and finished runner-up in two Grand Prix finals during his career: Aix-En-Provence in 1984 Madrid in 1988. Luna reached the fourth round of the 1983 French Open, defeating José Luis Clerc en route.