About Clarence Munroe Clark
Clarence Munroe Clark (August 27, 1859 - June 29, 1937) was an American tennis player active near the end of the 19th century.
Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, he was part of a distinguished family from Philadelphia. In 1881, he became the first secretary of the recently-formed United States Lawn Tennis Association. This same year he won the first doubles tournament in the U.S. National Championships (later called the U.S. Open), playing with Frederick Winslow Taylor, after defeating first the favored Richard Sears/James Dwight, and in the final round, Alexander Van Rensselaer/Arthur Newbold (6-5, 6-4, 6-5). In 1882, he reached the singles final of the championships, where he lost to the reigning champion Sears (6-1, 6-4, 6-0).
He married the sister of his doubles partner, Taylor, who would go on to a noted career as an engineer and organizational theorist.
Clark endowed a professorship in Mountain Agriculture at Berea College.
He died on June 29, 1937, at his home, Cedron (house), in Germantown, Philadelphia.
He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983, joining his brother Joseph Clark, who was inducted in 1955.