Cliff Drysdale has an impressive resume as a tennis player, commentator, director and stadium designer. One of the first players to ever use a two-handed backhand, his 33 singles titles rank him among the top 50 players of all time. During the height of his playing days, he held the national singles championships of Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland and South Africa. Mr. Drysdale played a major role in the development of professional tennis by being elected to serve as the first president of the ATP in 1972-73, and was a player representative on the Men’s Tennis Council from 1974-81. He also served four years on the National Executive Committee of the United States Tennis Association and six years on the National Board of the United States Professional Tennis Association.
Cliff Drysdale went from making the shots to calling them as the game’s preeminent tennis announcer on ABC Sports and the ESPN network. In both 1982 and 1991, his work earned him the title of “Best Tennis Commentator” in a poll of Tennis magazine readers.