Jack Douglas
Full nameJon Alexander Douglas
Country (sports) United States
BornSeptember 10, 1936
Hot Springs, Arkansas
DiedJuly 27, 2010(2010-07-27) (aged 73)
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Singles
Grand Slam singles results
French Open3R (1959)
Wimbledon3R (1961)
US OpenQF (1961)
Doubles
Grand Slam doubles results
WimbledonQF (1962)

Jon Alexander "Jack" Douglas (September 10, 1936 – July 27, 2010)[1] was a professional American tennis player and college football quarterback.

Early life

Douglas was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the only child of Dortha and Gordon Douglas. In 1944 he and his family moved to Santa Monica, California.[1] He graduated from Santa Monica High School, where he played football, tennis, and basketball.[2]

College sports

He attended Stanford University, where he was Stanford's first All-American in tennis in 1957, and earned the honor again in 1958, when he was runner-up in both singles and doubles competition at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.[3]

Douglas was also a quarterback on Stanford's football team. He played backup to John Brodie for two years, and when Brodie graduated, became the starter for the 1957 season, leading the team to a 6–4 record.[2]

In 1996, he was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in Athens, Georgia.

Tennis career

After graduating from Stanford, Douglas entered top-level competitive amateur tennis. From 1960 to 1962, he was in the top ten of U.S. players. He won the Pacific Southwest Championships in 1961, defeating Roy Emerson in three sets, and reached the quarterfinals in the 1961 U.S. National Championships, losing to Mike Sangster.[2]

Following his service in the U.S. Marine Corps Douglas played on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1961 and 1962. He scored the only point for the U.S. by defeating Fausto Gardini in 5 sets, as they lost the 1961 Davis Cup finals to host country Italy.[2]

After tennis

Following his tennis career, Douglas founded the Jon Douglas Real Estate Company in Southern California.[3] He was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1996, and became a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 1958. In 1995, the Jon Douglas Company merged with Prudential to form the Prudential Jon Douglas Company and that company was acquired by Coldwell Banker in September 1997.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Thursby, Keith (1 August 2010). "Jon Douglas dies at 73; top Stanford athlete ran major Westside real estate brokerage". latimes.com. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Jon Douglas". Southern California Tennis Association. Archived from the original on August 19, 2004. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  3. ^ a b "2007 Stanford Men's Tennis Media Guide" (PDF). Stanford Department of Athletics. p. 30. Retrieved 2007-09-28.