Gianni Clerici

Gianni Clerici

Class of 2006


Career Achievements

Contributions to Tennis

  • Author of 500 Anni di Tennis (1971), which has been translated in multiple languages
  • Tennis commentator for over forty years

Off the Court

  • Named Prix Vallecorsi (Italian Playwright of the Year) 1989
  • Named Penna d’Oro (Golden Pen) Best Italian Sports Columnist of the Year 1992
  • Named Sportswriter for Life by Italian Olympic Committee 1998 
Citizenship: ITA Born: July 24, 1930 in Como, Lombary, Italy

Journalists like Italy’s Gianni Clerici bring the big world of international tennis to legions of fans around the globe. As an acclaimed tennis author, columnist, and broadcaster, Clerici has chronicled tennis for more than 40 years. As a sports reporter, he has written over 6,000 articles, dedicating most of his considerable talents to writing about tennis. His masterwork, 500 Anni di Tennis, has been translated into French, German, Japanese, Spanish and English – as The Ultimate Tennis Book. Clerici has been honored as Italian Playwright of the Year (1987), and the Best Italian Sports Columnist of the Year (1992). Clerici’s Divina is the definitive biography of French tennis star Suzanne Lenglen.