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Alexander Metreveli (Georgian: ალექსანდრე მეტრეველი, translit.: aleksandre met'reveli, pronounced [ɑlɛkʰsɑndrɛ mɛtʼrɛvɛli]; Russian: Александр Ираклиевич Метревели; born 2 November 1944) is a retired Soviet tennis player of Georgian background. He lives in Moscow. Metreveli is an honorary citizen of Australia.

Alex Metreveli
ალექსანდრე მეტრეველი
Александр Метревели
Full nameAlexander Metreveli
Country (sports) Soviet Union
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Born (1944-11-02) 2 November 1944 (age 74)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR
Turned pro1962
Retired1980
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record194–102 (65.54%)
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 9 (3 June 1974)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1972)
French OpenSF (1972)
WimbledonF (1973)
US OpenQF (1974)
Doubles
Career record76–87 (46.63%)
Career titles1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1973)
French OpenSF (1974)
Wimbledon3R (1965, 1971, 1972, 1973)
US Open3R (1974)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonF (1968, 1970)

In 1962, aged 17, Metreveli lost 10–8, 3–6, 6–4[1] to Stanley Matthews in the final of the Wimbledon Boys' Championship.[2]

Metreveli is best known for making the final at Wimbledon in 1973, where he lost to Jan Kodeš of Czechoslovakia.[3] He reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 9 in 1974 and won 5 ATP singles titles in career.

Metreveli was a member of the Dynamo sports society. He competed in professional tour events during the 1970s. He now works as a sports commentator alongside Anna Dmitrieva.

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Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1973 Wimbledon Grass   Jan Kodeš 1–6, 8–9, 3–6

Mixed doubles (2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1968 Wimbledon Grass   Olga Morozova   Margaret Court
  Ken Fletcher
1–6, 12–14
Loss 1970 Wimbledon Grass   Olga Morozova   Rosemary Casals
  Ilie Năstase
3–6, 6–4, 7–9

Grand Slam Tournament Performance Timeline (Singles)Edit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A SF QF A QF A
French Open A A A 2R QF 3R 1R 1R 4R 2R SF 2R 2R 2R A
Wimbledon A 1R 3R 3R 2R 1R 4R 2R 2R 4R QF F QF 4R 3R
US Open 3R A A A A A A A 3R A A A QF 1R 2R

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.itftennis.com/media/108160/108160.pdf
  2. ^ "Could've been a contender" - The Guardian, 27 July 2007
  3. ^ "Wimbledon Singles Titles Captured by King, Kodes" (The Spokesman-Review). AP. 8 July 1973.

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