schoolboy tennis prodigy, Pierre Darmon was the top ranked
tennis star in France from 1957 to 1969 (shared #1 in ’57
and ’69). In 1963, he reached his highest World ranking,
Darmon won the French national championship
nine times, his first title in 1957 and last in 1968. In
1963, he was French Open Singles runner-up, losing the
Slam final to Roy Emerson––6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 4-6. That same year, he
reached the Wimbledon Doubles finals (w/partner Jean Claude Barclay), before
falling to Mexico’s Antonio Palafox and Rafael Osuna in the title match.
was a member of France’s Davis Cup Team from 1956 to 1967. In all,
he played 68 Davis Cup matches, winning 44. In November 2002, The International
Tennis Hall of Fame and International Tennis Federation honored Darmon with
the Davis Cup Award of Excellence, awarded to individuals who represent the
and spirit of Davis Cup competition.
Off the court, Darmon was Tournament Director
of the French Open at Roland Garros from 1969 through 1978; and, Director
of the European Tennis Bureau
of the Association
of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in 1973, a member of the ATP Board of Directors
1974 to 1979, and member of the Men's International Professional Tennis Council
1974 to 1979. That year, Darmon took on the position of European Director
for Proserv, where he stayed until 1990; whereupon he returned
to ATP Europe as
its Chief Executive thru 1996.