Clarence Clark

Clarence Clark

Class of 1983

Master Player

Career Achievements

Grand Slam Results
Once a major champion, and once a finalist

Career Titles

Contributions to Tennis
Clark was the first Secretary of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA)

Fun Fact
Endowed a professorship at Kentucky’s Berea College in Mountain Agriculture (1920)

Citizenship: USA Born: August 27, 1859 in Germantown, Pennsylvania Died: June 29, 1937 Played: Right-handed

Humble, dignified, and born in Philadelphia’s historic Germantown section, Clarence Munroe Clark joined Fred Taylor to win the first United States Doubles Championship in 1881 at Newport, defeating Alexander van Rensselaer and Arthur Newbold, 6-5, 6-4, 6-5.

The following year in Newport, Clark attempted to add another trophy to the mantle, but fell in the singles final to Dick Sears, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0. He was a national singles semifinalist in 1884.

In 1883, Clark bicycled through Europe, and connected with his brother Joe in Great Britain to play a match against the famed Renshaw brothers, Willie and Ernest, a contest which the Renshaws won.


Grand Slam

Grand Slam Best Results


1 Doubles

U.S. Nationals: F 1882

U.S. Nationals: W 1881