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Raz Reid
Raz Reid
Full name Grover Reid
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1950-08-27) August 27, 1950 (age 67)
Greenville, South Carolina
Turned pro 1972
Retired 1977
Singles
Career record 44-84
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 71 (November 6, 1974)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1975)
French Open 1R (1976)
Wimbledon 2R (1975, 1976)
US Open 3R (1974)
Doubles
Career record 38-71
Career titles 2
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1975)
French Open 2R (1976)
Wimbledon 2R (1974)
US Open 2R (1974, 1976)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1977)
US Open 2R (1973, 1974, 1977)

Grover "Raz" Reid (born August 27, 1950) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. He was born Grover Reid Junior, but is known as Raz Reid, a nickname he has had since he was a young.[1]

Biography

Early years

Reid was a three-time South Carolina state high school champion, while at Greenville High School, in the city of his birth.[2] He went to the University of Miami and twice earned All-American selection while playing varsity tennis, in 1971 and 1972.[3]

Professional career

In 1972, his final year at Miami, he made he decision to delay his graduation and turned professional.[4]

Reid made the semi-finals at the 1973 International Indoor Tennis Championships, a Grand Prix tournament in Jackson, Mississippi.[5] In the quarter-finals he defeated Clark Graebner.[6] He also competed on the World Championship Tennis circuit.[7] At a WCT tournament in Hempstead in 1974, Reid beat former French Open finalist ?eljko Franulovi?. He won two Grand Prix doubles titles, both in the 1974 season, the first in Jackson with Fred McNair and the second in Adelaide with Allan Stone.[8]

His best Grand Slam singles performances were third round appearances at the 1974 US Open and 1975 Australian Open. He was eliminated at the Australian Open by Jimmy Connors, but managed to win a set and was the only player to do so until Connors was beaten in the final by John Newcombe.[9] He made the mixed doubles quarter-finals at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships with wife Kerry Reid and also finished runner-up in the All England Plate after a first-round elimination in the singles draw.[10]

Personal life

Reid married Australian tennis player and Boston Lobsters teammate Kerry Melville in Greenville on April 27, 1975.[1][11] He retired from professional tennis in 1977 to become Kerry's coach. After they both retired, Reid was the head tennis professional at Long Cove on Hilton Head Island for eight years. They have two daughters together.[12]

A keen fisherman, Reid holds world records in fly rod fishing and now works in the industry.[13]

Grand Prix career finals

Doubles: 2 (2-0)

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1974 Jackson, U. S. Carpet United States Fred McNair South Africa Byron Bertram
United Kingdom John Feaver
3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Winner 1. 1974 Adelaide, Australia Grass Australia Allan Stone United States Mike Estep
Australia Paul Kronk
7-6, 6-4

References

  1. ^ a b McGann, George (May 28, 1975). "For Evonne and Kerry a Couple of Love Matches". The Australian Women's Weekly. p. 2. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ "All-American Monday - Grover "Raz" Reid". University of Miami Hurricanes Official Athletic Site. December 10, 2012. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ "Miami Hurricanes History: All-Americans". University of Miami Hurricanes Official Athletic Site. March 2, 2011. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ Cox, Bill (June 4, 1972). "Reid Interested In Experience As Pro - Not Money". Herald-Journal. p. C2. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ "Tennis". The Free Lance-Star. March 24, 1973. p. 9. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ Hembree, Mike (June 3, 1973). "After First Pro Year - Raz Reid Is Happy". Herald-Journal. p. B3. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ Chick, Bob (February 8, 1974). "The Greening of Raz Reid". St. Petersburg Independent. pp. Section C. Retrieved 2016. 
  8. ^ "Reid, Stone Win Doubles". Herald-Journal. October 28, 1974. p. B3. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ "Connors, Newcombe win". The Canberra Times. ACT: National Library of Australia. 30 December 1974. p. 12. Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ "Players Archive - Raz Reid". wimbledon.com. Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ "For Evonne and Kerry a couple of love matches". The Australian Women's Weekly. 42, (52). Australia, Australia. 28 May 1975. pp. 2-3 – via National Library of Australia. 
  12. ^ "Kerry (Melville) Reid - Player Profiles". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "Raz Reid". Florida Keys Outfitters. Retrieved 2016. 

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