Dick Crealy

Richard Crealy (born 18 September 1944) is an Australian former tennis player most notable for reaching the final of the Australian Open in 1970, being a member of the 1970 Australian Davis Cup Team, and winning four Grand Slam titles in doubles.

Dick Crealy
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Full nameRichard D. Crealy
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceSydney, Australia
Born (1944-09-18) 18 September 1944 (age 76)
Sydney, Australia
Turned pro1969 (amateur tour from 1963)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record274–277 (Open era)
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 21 (7 September 1970)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1970)
French Open4R (1970)
Wimbledon3R (1967, 1969, 1974)
US Open2R (1969, 1973, 1978)
Career record262–240 (Open era)
Career titles6
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1968)
French OpenW (1974)
WimbledonSF (1975)
US OpenW (1969)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1968)
French OpenQF (1971, 1974)
US OpenQF (1969)

Tennis careerEdit

Crealy was born in Sydney in 1944. In 1968 he achieved his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open with his fellow countryman and team mate Allan Stone in doubles. He also won the mixed doubles with Billie Jean King.

Crealy won the Men's Doubles at the 1974 French Open with Onny Parun over Stan Smith and Bob Lutz. In 1970, Crealy had his most successful season, reaching No. 5 on the Grand Prix rankings. In this year, he reached the singles final at the Australian Open, where he lost to American player Arthur Ashe, as well as the quarter-finals of the French Open. He also won the Swedish Open in Båstad and represented Australia in the Davis Cup with a 4–2 singles record and 2–0 doubles record. In 1974, he won another Grand Slam Title in doubles, combining with New Zealander Onny Parun in the French Open.

Crealy retired from the ATP Tour in 1978, but continued having success for many years on the Veteran's Tour, playing in many of the "Legends" tournaments at the Australian Open. He also still plays Pro-Ams, often supporting The Starlight Foundation in its annual tournament in Sydney.

Dick Crealy is a Life Member of the Australian Davis Cup Foundation.

1969 US OpenEdit

There is some confusion over the 1969 US Open Championship title, which is held by Crealy and Allan Stone conjointly with Ken Rosewall and Fred Stolle.

The era of Open Tennis commenced in 1968, and at that time Boston was the home of the US National Doubles championship. However, the agents of some contract professionals demanded guaranteed prize money which could not be covered by the tournament. Accordingly, contract professionals boycotted the tournament, with many playing instead at Forest Hills, which was won by Rosewall and Stolle. Crealy and Stone won the Doubles in Boston in 1969 as professionals, defeating Charlie Pasarell and Bill Bowrey.

In 1971, the USTA and Association of Tennis Professionals decided to combine the winners of both tournaments to make the Grand Slam tournament. This was not an issue for the winners of 1968 as both tournaments were won by Smith and Lutz. Crealy and Stone were asked if they would agree to share the 1969 title with Rosewall and Stolle - they readily agreed, especially as the latter were two of the great Australian players and because "tennis was played with much goodwill in those days."

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1970 Australian Open Grass   Arthur Ashe 4–6, 7–9, 2–6

Doubles (2 titles)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1968 Australian Championships Grass   Allan Stone   Terry Addison
  Ray Keldie
10–8, 6–4, 6–3
Win 1974 French Open Grass   Onny Parun   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 5–7, 6–1

Mixed Doubles (1 title)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1968 Australian Championships Grass   Billie Jean King   Margaret Court
  Allan Stone

Grand Slam tournament performance timelineEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)


Tournament 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R 2R A 1R 2R QF 2R F 2R QF 1R 3R SF QF 3R 2R 2R A 0 / 16
French Open A A A A 1R 3R 2R 4R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 13
Wimbledon A A A 1R 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R A 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 12
US Open A A A A A A 2R 1R A A 2R 1R A 1R A 2R A 0 / 6
Strike Rate 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 47

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

Open era finalsEdit

Singles (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Grand Slam (0–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Tour (2–1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Jan 1970 Australian Open, Australia Grass   Arthur Ashe 4–6, 7–9, 2–6
Win 2. Jul 1970 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Georges Goven 6–3, 6–1, 6–1
Loss 3. Jul 1972 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Colin Dibley 1–6, 3–6, 4–6
Win 4. Mar 1975 Nice, France Clay   Iván Molina 7–6, 6–4, 6–3


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