Clarence Griffin

Clarence Griffin

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

Griffin ranked in singles in the U.S. Top Ten three times: he was No. 7 in 1915, No. 6 in 1916, and No. 6 in 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. 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).

He also won the singles and doubles titles at the Cincinnati tournament in 1915 and was a doubles champion and singles finalist in Cincinnati in 1916.

He was a 5-foot-7 right-hander, he entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1970. His nephew was entertainer Merv Griffin.

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