Brian Edward Gottfried
(born January 27, 1952) is a retired tennis
player from the United States who won 25 singles titles and 54 doubles titles during his professional career. The right-hander
reached his highest ranking on the Association of Tennis Professionals
tour on June 19, 1977, when he became World No. 3.
Junior & college
Gottfried was born in Baltimore, Maryland
. When he was five years old, some Japanese players stayed with his family while competing in a local tournament. Before leaving, they gave him a tennis racket as a present, thus launching his tennis career. In all, Gottfried won 14 national junior titles. He won the 1962 National 12-and-under singles title, and the doubles title with Jimmy Connors
. Gottfried repeated the victory in 1963 with Dick Stockton
. In 1964, he won the 12-and-under singles crown.
In 1970, as a freshman at Trinity University
, he won the USTA
boys 18s singles championship, as well as the doubles championship with Alexander Mayer
. He was an All-American
in 1971 and 1972. He was the runner-up in NCAA
singles and doubles in 1972.
Gottfried turned professional in 1972, and the following year he won his first career singles title in Las Vegas
. In 1976, he reached 15 singles finals, winning 5, and was runner-up at the French Open
. In April 1977, Newsweek
said he was "simply the best male tennis player in the world at the... Read More