Herb Fitzgibbon

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Herb Fitzgibbon
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1942-07-14)July 14, 1942
Garden City, New York, USA
Plays Right-handed
Career record {{#property:P564}}
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1966)
French Open 4R (1968)
Wimbledon 3R (1965)
US Open 3R (1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1971)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games SF – 3rd (1968, demonstration)
Career record {{#property:P555}}
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1966)
Wimbledon 2R (1965, 1973)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1966)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic Games W (1968, demonstration)

Herbert Fitzgibbon (born July 14, 1942)[1] is a former tennis player who was nationally ranked in the 1960s and 1970s.

Fitzgibbon played four years of high school tennis for Garden City High School and never lost a match. He played collegiate tennis at Princeton University[2] and was a gold and bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968 when tennis was a demonstration sport.[3]

Fitzgibbon won the singles title at the tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1964 and was a two-time singles runner-up (1965 and 1963) there as well. He also reached the Cincinnati doubles final with Butch Newman in 1965. That year, he also won the Long Island Championships and the Eastern Clay Court title. In 1968, Fitzgibbon won against 16th-seeded Nikola Pilić in the first round at Wimbledon, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–2.[4]

Fitzgibbon also was an accomplished platform tennis player, winning national doubles titles in 1974 with John Beck and in 1977 and 1978 with Hank Irvine. In 1974, Fitzgibbon and Beck defeated Keith Jennings and Chauncey Steele III 7–5, 4–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–2. In 1977, Fitzgibbon and Irvine defeated Gordon Gray and Doug Russell 6–3, 7–5, 1–6, 6–4.[5] Fitzgibbon and Irvine also played in the 1980 National Championship final losing to Steve Baird and Rich Maier 6–1, 3–6, 7–6, 6–7, 6–3

Fitzgibbon authored the book The Complete Racquet Sports Player.


  1. "Herb Fitzgibbon". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 2010-05-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Faces In The Crowd". Sports Illustrated. 1962-11-19. Retrieved 2010-05-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Mexico 1968 – Medallists". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2012-04-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Pilic upset as rain disrupts Wimbledon schedule". The Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. 1968-06-26. Retrieved 2010-05-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "A Roundup Of The Week March 14–20". Sports Illustrated. 1977-03-28. Retrieved 2010-05-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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