|Born||20 October 1965|
Ramat HaSharon, Israel
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 18 (16 November 1987)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1992)|
|French Open||3R (1990)|
|US Open||4R (1990)|
|Olympic Games||3R (1988)|
|Highest ranking||No. 67 (19 May 1986)|
|Davis Cup||QF (1987)|
His career-high singles ranking was World No. 18 (achieved in November 1987), the highest ever for any male Israeli tennis player. His career-high doubles ranking was World No. 67 (May 1986).
Early and personal lifeEdit
Mansdorf grew up in Ramat HaSharon, a small city north of Tel Aviv, and is Jewish. All four of his grandparents had emigrated from Poland to Israel in the 1930s. His father Jacob is a chemical engineer, and his mother Era is a teacher. He started playing tennis when he was 10 years old. He trained at the Israel Tennis Centers. He lives in Herzlia, Israel.
In 1983 Mansdorf won the Asian Junior Championship in Hong Kong. That same year he turned professional, and started his mandatory Israeli army service. During his service he played at the demonstration event of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and lost in the first round. He reached the quarterfinals at both the 1984 US Open and Canadian Open Juniors.
Immediately after completing his service, in November 1986 he beat World # 5 Henri Leconte 6–2, 6–7, 6–3, in Wembley, United Kingdom. He won his first tour singles title later that month at Johannesburg, beating World # 10 Andrés Gómez 6–4, 6–4 in the quarterfinals, and defeating American Matt Anger in the final.
His career-high singles ranking was World No. 18 (achieved in November 1987), the highest ever for any male Israeli tennis player. His second singles title came in 1987 in his hometown of Ramat Hasharon. In the semifinals he beat World # 6 Jimmy Connors, 7–6, 6–3, and in the finals he beat World # 12 Brad Gilbert, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4.
The third title was in January 1988 at Auckland. In March he beat World # 4 Boris Becker, 6–4, 6–4, in Orlando. In October that year he won the biggest title of his career at the Paris Open (now part of the Tennis Masters Series). He faced the World # 1 Mats Wilander, but the Swede retired before the tournament began. Mansdorf beat Aaron Krickstein and Jakob Hlasek, two top 10 players, on his way to the final. He beat Gilbert in the final in straight sets, 6–3, 6–2, 6–3.
He also played at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, where tennis was an official sport, and this time reached the 3rd round (the final 16 players) defeating Yoo Jin-sun and Kelly Evernden before losing to Tim Mayotte. In March 1989 in Scottsdale he upset World # 13 Thomas Muster, 7–5, 6–2, and World # 15 Gilbert 5–7, 6–3, 6–0.
Mansdorf won another title at Rosmalen in the Netherlands in 1990. In the third round of the US Open in 1990 he beat World # 8 Brad Gilbert 5–7, 5–7, 6–3, 7–6, 6–1. In September 1991 in Toulouse, he beat World # 11 Magnus Gustafsson, 6–4, 6–1.
His best performance at a Grand Slam tournament came at the Australian Open in 1992, where he reached the quarterfinals by beating Peter Lundgren, Arnaud Boetsch, Richey Reneberg and Aaron Krickstein before losing to the eventual champion, Jim Courier. In February 1992 in Philadelphia, he upset World # 3 Michael Stich 7–6 (5), 7–5. In January 1993 in Sydney, he beat World # 13 Carlos Costa 6–1, 5–7, 6–4. He qualified for the 1992 Olympics, but had to withdraw because of injury.
Mansdorf's sixth and final career title came in 1993 at Washington, DC, during which he beat World # 11 Petr Korda 6–3, 6–3. In July 1994 in Toronto, he beat World # 8 Todd Martin 6–7 (4), 6–3, retired, and in August at Cincinnati he upset Korda (World # 14) 6–3, 6–3, and Boris Becker (World # 8), 7–6 (1), 6–4.
In addition to his six titles, he reached ten other finals but lost, four of them in Ramat Hasharon. During his career, he won 304 matches and lost 231, and earned prize money of US$2,412,691.
In Davis Cup, Mansdorf played 10 years and won 22 matches (second-most ever by an Israeli, to Shlomo Glickstein, through 2008) against 25 losses, including a 15–4 record in singles matches on hard courts or carpet. He played a major role in Israel's success in this competition, when Israel played six years in the world group between 1987 and 1994.
Mansdorf retired in 1994. Mansdorf next worked as a diamond merchant in Ramat Aviv. He serves as chairman of the Israel Tennis Center, and works in the Israel Tennis Association's youth program.
Between 2000 and 2004, he served as Israel's Davis Cup captain.
Singles (6 wins – 10 losses)Edit
|Grand Slam (0–0)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)|
|ATP Masters Series (1–0)|
|Grand Prix / ATP Tour (5–10)|
|Loss||0–1||Oct 1985||Tel Aviv, Israel||Hard||Brad Gilbert||3–6, 2–6|
|Win||1–1||Nov 1986||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard (i)||Matt Anger||6–3, 3–6, 6–2, 7–5|
|Win||2–1||Oct 1987||Tel Aviv, Israel||Hard||Brad Gilbert||3–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Loss||2–2||Oct 1987||Vienna, Austria||Hard (i)||Jonas Svensson||6–1, 6–1, 2–6, 3–6, 5–7|
|Win||3–2||Jan 1988||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Ramesh Krishnan||6–3, 6–4|
|Win||4–2||Oct 1988||Paris, France||Carpet (i)||Brad Gilbert||6–3, 6–2, 6–3|
|Loss||4–3||Jan 1989||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Ramesh Krishnan||4–6, 0–6|
|Loss||4–4||Apr 1989||Singapore, Singapore||Hard||Kelly Jones||1–6, 5–7|
|Win||5–4.||Jun 1990||Rosmalen, Netherlands||Grass||Alexander Volkov||6–3, 7–6|
|Loss||5–5||Oct 1990||Tel Aviv, Israel||Hard||Andrei Chesnokov||4–6, 3–6|
|Loss||5–6||Oct 1991||Toulouse, France||Hard (i)||Guy Forget||2–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Loss||5–7||Feb 1992||Philadelphia, U.S.||Carpet (i)||Pete Sampras||1–6, 6–7(4–7), 6–2, 6–7(2–7)|
|Loss||5–8||Apr 1993||Osaka, Japan||Hard||Michael Chang||4–6, 4–6|
|Win||6–8||Jul 1993||Washington, U.S.||Hard||Todd Martin||7–6(7–3), 7–5|
|Loss||6–9||Oct 1993||Tel Aviv, Israel||Hard||Stefano Pescosolido||6–7(5–7), 5–7|
|Loss||6–10||Oct 1994||Tel Aviv, Israel||Hard||Wayne Ferreira||6–7(4–7), 3–6|
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