Dick Crealy: Wikis


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Richard Crealy is a former Australian tennis player most notable for reaching the finals of the Australian Open in 1970, being a member of the 1970 Australian Davis Cup Team and winning four Grand Slam titles in doubles.

Crealy was born in Sydney in 1944 and in 1968 he achieved his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open with his fellow countryman and teammate Allan Stone in doubles. He also won the mixed doubles with Billie Jean King. In 1969, Crealy again combined with Stone to win the US Open Doubles, a title that is often mistakenly credited to Ken Rosewall and Fred Stolle.

In 1970, Crealy had his most successful season, reaching No. 5 on the Grand Prix rankings. In this year, he reached the singles finals 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 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 their annual tournament in Sydney.

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


Grand Slam Tournaments

Reached Singles Final (1)

Year Tournament Opponent in Finals Results
1970 Australian Open Flag of the United States.svg Arthur Ashe 6-4, 9-7, 6-2

Doubles Championships (2)

Year Tournament Partner Opponent in Finals Results
1968 Australian Open Flag of Australia.svg Allan Stone Flag of Australia.svg Terry Addison / Ray Keldie 10-8 6–4 6–3
1974 French Open Flag of New Zealand.svg Onny Parun Flag of the United States.svg Robert Lutz / Stan Smith 6–3 6–2 3–6 5–7 6–1

Mixed Doubles Championships (1)

Year Tournament Partner Opponent in Finals Results
1968 Australian Open Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King Flag of Australia.svg Margaret Court / Allan Stone walkover

Career Titles (8)

Singles (2)

Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Tour (2)
Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Finals Results
1. 11 July 1970 Båstad, Sweden Clay Georges Goven (France) 6–3 6–1 6–1
2. 28 March 1975 Nice, France Clay Iván Molina (Colombia) 7–6 6–4 6–3

Singles Finals (2)

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