George Hardie (tennis)

George Hardie (born February 19, 1953) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.[1]

George Hardie
Country (sports)United States United States
Born (1953-02-19) February 19, 1953 (age 67)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Turned pro1975
PlaysLeft-handed
Singles
Career record76-141
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 80 (January 30, 1978)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1978)
French Open2R (1978)
Wimbledon1R (1978, 1980)
US Open2R (1973)
Doubles
Career record68-137
Career titles1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1973, 1977, 1978)
French Open1R (1976, 1978, 1980)
Wimbledon2R (1976)
US Open2R (1973, 1974, 1977)

CareerEdit

Hardie went to college at Southern Methodist University and was runner-up to Billy Martin in the 1975 NCAA Division One final. He had dropped just one game in winning the first two sets, but lost the match in five.[2]

He also lost to Billy Martin at the Arkansas International Tennis Tournament that year.[3] It would remain the only final that he reached on the Grand Prix tennis circuit. He made semi-finals at Baltimore in 1978 (where he defeated Adriano Panatta) and Costa Rica in 1979.[3] His quarter-final appearances included Stockholm in 1977, Guadalajara in 1978, Philadelphia in 1979 (where he had a win over Ilie Năstase), Palm Harbor in 1980 and San Juan in 1981.[3]

Hardie appeared in the main singles draw of 16 Grand Slam tournaments over the course of his career but won just three of his matches.[3]

Post tennisEdit

Hardie settled in Dallas, Texas and is involved in the wind technology industry.[4][5]

Grand Prix/WCT career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 1975 Little Rock, United States Carpet   Billy Martin 2–6, 6–7

Doubles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1978 Lagos, Nigeria Clay   Sashi Menon   Colin Dowdeswell
  Jürgen Fassbender
6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Loss 2. 1978 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Lito Álvarez   Ismail El Shafei
  Brian Fairlie
3–6, 5–7, 2–6

Challenger titlesEdit

Doubles: (1)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1981 San Luis Potosi, Mexico Clay   Brad Drewett   Rich Andrews
  Kevin Cook
5–7, 6–3, 7–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Player Profile - HARDIE, George (USA)". ITF Tennis. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Heufelder, Bill (June 25, 1975). "A Hardie Last Hurrah As A Tennis Amateur". Google News Archive Search. The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "George Hardie". ATP World Tour. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Hardie, George (March 1988). "George Hardie Remembers..." D Magazine. Retrieved May 15, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Q&A: Wind energy pioneer George Hardie". Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate Magazine. October 1, 2007. Retrieved May 15, 2016.