Tom Edlefsen

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Tom Edlefsen
Full nameThomas B. Edlefsen
Country (sports) Flag of the United States.svg United States
Born (1941-12-12) December 12, 1941 (age 79)
Piedmont, California, U.S.
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Career record51–93
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 94 (June 3, 1974)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 1R (1968, 1969, 1973)
Wimbledon 4R (1968)
US Open 3R (1962, 1965)
Career record69–75
Career titles1

Thomas B. Edlefsen (born December 12, 1941) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.



Edlefsen was a member of three NCAA Championship winning teams while at the University of Southern California, in 1963, 1964 and 1966. He was a three time All-American. [1]

He won the U.S. National Hardcourt doubles titles in 1963 and 1965. [1]

At the U.S. National Indoors in 1964, Edlefsen had wins over both Arthur Ashe and Roy Emerson. [2]

In 1967, he developed a nerve disease, Guillain–Barré syndrome, after suffering a reaction to a smallpox vaccination he had while with the Air Force Reserves. He was left with total paralysis. [3]

He recovered after six months in hospital and returned to tennis, notably making the fourth round at the 1968 Wimbledon Championships, along the way defeating 14th seed Cliff Drysdale. Raymond Moore defeated him in the fourth round over five sets. [4]

In 1972, Edlefsen won a singles title at the Kansas City Open and a doubles title at the Washington Indoor tournament. [1]

Grand Prix/WCT career finals

Singles: 1 (1–0)

Win1–01972 Kansas City, United StatesCarpet Flag of the United States.svg Erik van Dillen 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 3 (1–2)

Win1–01972 Washington D.C., United StatesCarpet Flag of the United States.svg Cliff Richey Flag of the United States.svg Clark Graebner
Flag of Brazil.svg Thomaz Koch
6–4, 6–3
Loss1–11974 Barcelona, SpainCarpet Flag of the United States.svg Tom Leonard Flag of the United States.svg Arthur Ashe
Flag of the United States.svg Roscoe Tanner
3–6, 4–6
Loss1–21974 Tucson, United StatesHard Flag of Spain.svg Manuel Orantes Flag of the United States.svg Charlie Pasarell
Flag of the United States.svg Sherwood Stewart
4–6, 4–6

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