ELECTED MEMBERS
   
Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted
BRIAN GOTTFRIED

Sport: Tennis
Inducted: 1999
Country: United States
Born: January 27, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland

Brian Gottfried won 25 career Singles and 49 Doubles titles, including 3 Grand Slam Doubles championships. He was ranked among the World’s Top Ten (ATP) players from 1976 to 1978—third in 1977—and ranked in the World’s Top 20 through the early 1980s.

He and Raul Ramirez captured the Wimbledon Doubles Championship in 1976 and French Open Doubles titles in 1975 and 1977. They were Wimbledon runners-up in 1979 and French Open runners-up in 1976 and 1980. Gottfried and Ramirez also won four consecutive
Italian Open Doubles titles from 1974 to 1977. The twosome won the WCT World Doubles title in 1975 and 1980. In 1979, Brian captured the ATP professional Doubles championship with Ilie
Nastase.

Days after he won the 1977 French Open Doubles crown with Ramirez, Gottfried was runner-up in the French Open Singles to Guillermo Vilas. He was the first American to reach the finals
at Roland Garros Stadium in 22 years. In April of that year, Newsweek magazine labeled him “the best male tennis player in the world.” Brian reached the finals of 15 tournaments in 1977, winning 5.

Tennis magazine named Gottfried professional Rookie of the Year in 1973. From 1976 to 1978 and in 1982, he was a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

As a junior player, Brian won the 1962 National 12-and-under Doubles title with Jimmy Connors and repeated the victory the following year with Dick Stockton. In 1964 he won the 12- under Singles crown. In 1970, as a Trinity University freshman in Texas, Brian won the U.S. National Junior Outdoors Singles Championship, one of 14 Junior titles he would win while at Trinity, where he was an All-America in 1971 and 1972.

 

 
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