Roscoe Tanner

Roscoe Tanner (born October 15, 1951) is an American former professional tennis player, who turned pro in 1972 and reached a career high world singles ranking of World No. 4 on July 30, 1979.

Tanner was famous for his big left-handed serve, which was clocked at 153 mph at Palm Springs in 1978 during the final against Raúl Ramírez. He is also known for winning the men's singles title at the first of two Australian Open tournaments held in 1977. Tanner won the tournament held in January, Vitas Gerulaitis won the December tournament. Tanner also reached the Wimbledon final in 1979, losing the final to Björn Borg in five sets.

Tanner has been in the news in recent years for his legal problems.

Read more about Roscoe Tanner:  Early Life, Playing History, Grand Slam Singles Tournament Timeline, Singles Titles (16), Doubles Titles (13), Personal Life

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