This Sunday, José Luis Clerc is celebrating. Sweet potato, as he is known in the tennis world, turns 62 and celebrates them with his loved ones. Here, the review of his career, in which he ranked No. 4 in the world rankings and won 25 titles in singles.
Clerc, born August 16, 1968, excelled especially on slow courts, his favorites. The former player, tennis commentator from ESPN, achieved his greatest feat by winning the Rome tournament in 1981.
At the Grand Slam, the best Clerc did was climb to the semi-finals on the clay at Roland Garros in 1981 and 1982. In the first case he lost to Czech-American Ivan Lendl, after having eliminated American Jimmy Connors (then N 2 in the world), and in the next he yielded against the Swede Mats Wilander, who that year beat Guillermo Vilas in the final.
The peak season in his sports career was 1981 and his celebration at the Italian Open stood out. Clerc achieved 21 of his 25 titles on brick dust. Meanwhile, he participated for four years in the final ATP Masters, with the best eight of each season.
In the company of Vilas, he had the great pleasure of reaching the final of the Davis Cup with the Argentine team in 1981, with a fall in the United States. On other occasions, he reached the semifinals in the top team tournament, but was denied the famous silver salad bowl.
The 25 titles of Clerc, from first to last:
1978: Florence, Buenos Aires and Santiago
1980: San José, South Orange, Indianapolis, Madrid, Quito and Buenos Aires
1981: Florence, Rome, Boston, Washington, North Conway and Indianapolis
1982: Richmond, Venice, Gstaad, Zell am See and San Pablo
1983: Guarujá, Boston, Washington and North Conway