Jack Kramer was an American professional tennis player who was born on August 1, 1921, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and passed away on September 12, 2009, in Los Angeles, California. Kramer was one of the top tennis players of the 1940s and 1950s, and he went on to become a highly influential figure in the sport as a promoter, organizer, and commentator.
Kramer won the Wimbledon men’s singles title in 1947 and the US Open men’s singles title in 1946 and 1947. He was also a successful doubles player, winning multiple Grand Slam titles with his partner, Frank Sedgman. Kramer was known for his powerful serve-and-volley style of play, as well as his exceptional speed and athleticism.
After retiring from professional tennis, Kramer became a prominent figure in the sport as a promoter and organizer. He helped to establish the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Men’s International Professional Tennis Council, and he was instrumental in the development of the Open era, which allowed professional players to compete in Grand Slam tournaments. Kramer was also a successful commentator and analyst, providing insightful commentary on major tennis events for many years.
In addition to his contributions to the sport of tennis, Kramer was also a successful businessman and philanthropist. He established the Jack Kramer Club in Los Angeles, which became a popular destination for tennis players and fans alike, and he founded the Jack Kramer Foundation, which provides financial support for young tennis players. Kramer’s legacy in the sport of tennis is profound, and he is remembered as a trailblazer and visionary who helped to shape the modern game.