Victor Niederhoffer

(1943- )

One of the hardest working and intense players ever, Vic Niederhoffer was per­haps most famous for being the only player to interrupt Sharif Khan’s thirteen-year run as North American Open champion, in a stirring match in Mexico City in 1975. Born and raised in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Niederhoffer was taught the game as a freshman at Harvard by Jack Barnaby. He won the intercollegiates in 1964 and two years later his first nationals. After a five year hiatus from the nationals, he came back and became the first man to win four nation­als in four consecutive years. He won the national doubles three times, with Vic Elmaleh, Jim Zug Sr. and Colin Adair. Niederhoffer, at one stretch, prac­ticed or played a match on 3, 500 consecutive days without exception.

National Champion 1966, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
National Doubles Champion 1968, 1973, 1974
North American Open 1975