A great of Argentine tennis is celebrating. This Monday, José Luis Clerc turns 63 years old. The renowned “Batata” was one of the best exponents that his country gave, owner of 25 singles titles and that climbed to fourth place in the ATP world rankings. Here, a review of his great professional career.
Clerc was born on August 16, 1958, in Buenos Aires, and stood out in the youth categories, until he became one of the best Argentine players in seniors. In fact, holds the second-best record for men’s singles titles, with its 25, behind the historic Guillermo Vilas, who achieved 62 and turns 69 this Tuesday.
Supported by a great serve and a strong forehand, Clerc played 35 individual finals, winning 25, with 21 conquests on brick dust. The tall right-hander became No. 4 in the world in 1981, his best season, and played in the Davis Cup final just that year, when Argentina lost to the United States in Cincinnati, in the team that Vilas led.
His most important title was that of Rome in 1981. That Italian Open was awarded to him in his prime. Meanwhile, in the Grand Slam, his two semifinals at Roland Garros, in 1981 and 1982, stand out.
In his career in singles, Clerc had 378 wins, 307 on slow courts, and lost in 152 games. He beat almost all the figures of his time and achieved 24 victories against Top 10 rivals in the ATP ranking of that time.
The detail of its 25 titles, year by year:
North Conway, Washington, Boston and Guaruja.
San Pablo, Zell Am See, Gstaad, Venice and Richmond.
Indianapolis, North Conway, Washington, Boston, Rome and Florence.
Buenos Aires, Quito, Madrid, Indianapolis, South Orange and San José.
Santiago, Buenos Aires and Florence.