Victor Niederhoffer

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.