Chris Lewis (tennis)


Chris Lewis (tennis)
Chris Lewis
Country  New Zealand
Residence United States Irvine, California, United States
Born 9 March 1957 (1957-03-09) (age 54)
New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
Turned pro 1975
Retired 1986
Plays Right-handed
Career prize money US$647,550
Singles
Career record 242–204
Career titles 3 ATP titles
Highest ranking No. 19 (16 April 1984)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 3R (1977), (1981)
French Open 3R (1977)
Wimbledon F (1983)
US Open 3R (1982)
Doubles
Career record 183–161
Career titles 8[1]
Highest ranking No. 46 (14 January 1985)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1980)
French Open QF (1982)
Wimbledon QF (1981)
US Open 2R (1981)
Last updated on: 24 August 2009.

Chris Lewis (born 9 March 1957), is a former professional tennis player who was 1983 Wimbledon finalist as an unseeded player.

A world no. 1 junior player in 1975, the 5'11, 155 lbs. Lewis won 3 career singles titles with a career high ranking of World No. 19. His career singles tour record was 242 wins against 204 losses. He also won 8 doubles titles during his 12 years on the tour. During his career he was coached by Harry Hopman and Tony Roche.

In reaching the 1983 Wimbledon finals, with a five-set win over Kevin Curren in the semi-finals, Lewis became the seventh unseeded man and only the second New Zealander after Tony Wilding in 1913 to reach a Wimbledon singles final. He lost the final to John McEnroe, 6–2 6–2 6–2. He also reached the finals at the Cincinnati Masters in 1981, falling 6–3, 6–4 to John McEnroe.

In the 1999 New Zealand general election, Lewis unsuccessfully stood for Parliament as a list candidate for the Libertarianz party. Now resident in Irvine, California, in addition to owning and operating Tennis-Experts.com, an online tennis equipment retailer, he coaches at the Woodbridge Tennis Club.

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Early life

Lewis was born in Auckland, New Zealand and received his secondary education at Marcellin College and Lynfield College. He is the oldest of three sons. His brothers are David Lewis and Mark Lewis who also had significant competitive Tennis careers.[2]

Junior career

Lewis was ranked world No. 1 Junior in 1975. The same year he won the 1975 Junior Wimbledon Championships title (def. Ricardo Ycaza) and was runner-up in the 1975 Junior US Open (lost to Howard Schoenfield).

Equipment

Lewis was the first man in history to reach the final of one of the four tennis majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open) while using an over-size racquet, a Prince Original Graphite (Second only to Pam Shriver in the 1978 US Open). He was also one of the first player's equipped with custom made shoes designed for the grass surface.

Career statistics

Grand Slam Singles Final

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1983 Wimbledon Grass United States John McEnroe 6–2, 6–2, 6–2

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals

Singles (1)

Runner-ups (1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1981 Cincinnati Masters Hard United States John McEnroe 6–3, 6–4

Singles: 10 (3–7)

Wins (3)

Winner – Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1)
Clay (2)
Grass (0)
Carpet (0)

Runner-ups (7)

Runner-up – Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam Tournaments (1)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2)
Clay (1)
Grass (4)
Carpet (0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Prize Money Opponent in Final Score
Runner-up 1. 12 December 1977 Adelaide, Australia Grass $ United States Tim Gullikson 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 23 March 1981 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (I) $75,000 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 3–6, 0–6, 7–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 18 May 1981 Munich, Germany Clay $ France Christophe Roger-Vasselin 4–6, 6–2, 2–6, 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 17 July 1981 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Hard $ United States John McEnroe 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 5 October 1981 Brisbane, Australia Grass $ Australia Mark Edmondson 6–7, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 14 December 1981 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass $ United States Tim Wilkison 4–6, 6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 27 April 1982 Hilton Head WCT, South Carolina, United States Clay $ United States Van Winitsky
Runner-up 8. 20 June 1983 Wimbledon, London Grass $ United States John McEnroe 2–6, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 9. 7 January 1985 Auckland. New Zealand Hard $ Australia Wally Masur 7–5, 6–0, 2–6, 6–4

References

  1. ^ a b Player Profile
  2. ^ Joseph Romanos, Chris Lewis: All the Way to Wimbledon, Rugby Press Limites, Auckland, 1984, p. 43.

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