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