Tom Leonard (tennis)

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Tom Leonard
Country (sports) Flag of the United States.svg United States
Born (1948-07-15) July 15, 1948 (age 74)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Career record49–109
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 34 (April 10, 1978)
Grand Slam singles results
Wimbledon 4R (1978)
US Open 3R (1971)
Career record72–105
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 67 (January 3, 1979)

Tom Leonard (born July 15, 1948) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. (His mother Joanne Dunn played at Forrest Hills in 1943)


Leonard enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing as a Junior. Finalist - National Hardcourts Burlingame, Ca 1966 (Singles) Finalist - National Clay Courts Louisville, Kentucky 1966 (Singles) Finalist - US Nationals (Jr.) Kalamazoo, Michigan 1966 (Singles) Finalist - US National (Jr.) Kalamazoo, Michigan 1966 (Doubles) Winner - National Jaycees (Jr.) Tampa, Fl (Singles) Played on the National Junior Davis Cup Team 1966, 1967, 1968,& 1969. Started playing professionally with World Championship Tennis (Started by Lamar Hunt) from 1971 (as a substitute for Roy Emerson) until 1974. Hated traveling - so retired in 1974.

Started playing again professionally in 1977 on the minor circuits to get ranking high enough to play on the major circuit again. Played Wimbledon in 1978 - lost in the round of 16 to Tom Okker. Retired again in 1979 due to major ankle injury.

Grand Prix finals

Doubles (1 win, 3 losses)

Win1–0Aug 1971 South Orange, U.S.Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bob Carmichael Flag of the United States.svg Clark Graebner
Flag of the United States.svg Erik van Dillen
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Loss1–1Mar 1974 Barcelona WCT, SpainCarpet Flag of the United States.svg Tom Edlefsen Flag of the United States.svg Arthur Ashe
Flag of the United States.svg Roscoe Tanner
3–6, 4–6
Loss1–2Sep 1977 Los Angeles, U.S.Hard Flag of the United States.svg Mike Machette Flag of the United States.svg Sandy Mayer
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Frew McMillan
2–6, 3–6
Loss1–3Apr 1978 Houston WCT, U.S.Clay Flag of the United States.svg Mike Machette Flag of Poland.svg Wojciech Fibak
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tom Okker
5–7, 5–7

ATP Challenger finals

Doubles (1 win, 2 losses)

Win1.Oct 1978 Pasadena, U.S.Hard Flag of the United States.svg Jerry Van Linge Flag of the United States.svg Warren Eber
Flag of the United States.svg Glen Holroyd
6–3, 7–6
Loss1.Jun 1979 Montgomery, U.S.Hard Flag of the United States.svg Jerry Van Linge Flag of the United States.svg Eric Friedler
Flag of the United States.svg Erik Van Dillen
6–4, 3–6, 6–7
Loss2.Jun 1979 Green Bay, U.S.Hard Flag of the United States.svg Jerry Van Linge Flag of India.svg Sashi Menon
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Robert Trogolo
5–7, 4–6

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