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All-American Monday - Pat Cramer

Patrick "Pat"Cramer (1968-70)

Coral Gables, Fla. - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa native Patrick "Pat" Cramer was described as possessing a backhand and forehand stroke that can only be termed classical. Cramer joined the Hurricanes as a former South African Junior Champion and Davis Cup performer. He represented South Africa in the 1964 and 1965 Orange Bowl tournament. In 1965, two years before stepping foot on the Coral Gables campus, Cramer defeated Germany's No. 1 ranked start and Davis Cup player Wilhelm Bungert.

Cramer began his Cane career with a bang in both singles and doubles competition. After posting a singles season record of 17-1, his only loss coming in the last match of the season, Cramer advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA improving his overall season record to 21-2. In doubles play, Cramer posted a perfect 15-0 mark. For his success on the court, Cramer was selected to the 1968 All-American team.

Despite the almost perfect single season record, Cramer outdid himself during his junior campaign and as captain of the 1968-69 Hurricane squad. Posting a perfect 17-0 regular season singles mark and 23-1 overall, Cramer, for the second consecutive year advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament where he lost to eventual champion Joaquin Loyo-Mayo of USC. In doubles competition, Cramer's competiveness and success did not drop off either. After posting a near perfect mark, 13-1, in doubles regular season competition, Cramer, while partnering with All-American teammate Luis Garcia, advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. His quarterfinals appearance brought his season record to 17-2.

ATP: Pat Cramer

As the captain of the team for the second straight year, Cramer's success continued. Opening the season with a 7 match singles win streak and closing it with a 10 match win streak, Cramer finished the regular season with a 17-1 mark and a 21-1 overall mark. For the third consecutive year, Cramer advanced to at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. His success in doubles competition was no different. After posting a 12-1 regular season mark, Cramer teamed with Garcia to win the 1970 NCAA doubles title. For the third consecutive year, Cramer was selected to the All-American team.

After his career as a Cane ended, Cramer turned pro and won three doubles titles (1973, 1974, and 1976) and was a finalist for a fourth (1974). Cramer was inducted in the University of Miami's Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

UM Hall of Fame: Pat Cramer


Name Year(s)   Name Year(s)
Mike Belkin 1965 Rod Mandelstam 1962-63
Andrew Burrow 1987 Tavo Martinez 1976
Pat Cramer 1968-70 Jerry Moss 1958-59
Luigi D'Argord 2006-07 Srjdan Muskatirovic 1994-95
Eddie Dibbs 1971-72 Joaquim Rasgado 1974-75
John Donar 1987-90   Raz Reid 1971-72
John Eagleton 1976-77   Ivan Rodrigo 1997
Conny Falk 1989   Mike Russell 1997
Alvaro Fillol 1975   Pancho Segura 1943-45
Jaime Fillol 1967-68   Christo Steyn 1982-83
Luis Garcia 1969-71   Carl Sundberg 2008
John Geraghty 1977   Daniel Vallverdu 2006-09
John Hammill


  Todd Widom 2002-03
Gil Kovalski 1995