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Andrew Sznajder (pronounced: shnigh-der) (born 25 May 1967) is a Canadian former professional tour tennis player.

Andrew Sznajder
Country (sports) Canada
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Born (1967-05-25) 25 May 1967 (age 52)
Preston, England
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1988
PlaysRight-handed
CollegePepperdine University
Prize money$419,995
Singles
Career record58–74
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 46 (25 September 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1990)
French Open2R (1989, 1990)
WimbledonQ3 (1993)
US Open2R (1989)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1992)
Doubles
Career record7–18
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 182 (29 July 1991)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (1992)

Sznajder achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 46 in September 1989. This was the highest any Canadian male was ranked in singles by the ATP until Greg Rusedski made it to No. 41 (before becoming a British citizen; subsequently in February 2011, Milos Raonic reached World No. 37).[1][2] He was inducted into the Canada Tennis Hall of Fame.

Early lifeEdit

Sznajder was born in Preston, Lancashire, England, moved to Canada at age seven, and is Jewish.[3][4][5][6] He lives in Oakville, Ontario.[7]

Tennis careerEdit

He was named Tennis Canada's "Most Improved Player" in 1985, and "Male Player of the Year" in 1986.[3] Over his career, he was a five-time Canada national champion.[7] Sznajder was a record six-time winner of the Canadian Closed singles championship and three-time Tennis Canada singles Player of the Year.[citation needed]

Prior to his pro career, Sznajder played college tennis at Pepperdine University for the Pepperdine Waves, and was a two-time All-American selection (1987 and 1988; he was # 3 in college rankings both years).[3] His .800 won-lost percentage there (40–10) is the 6th-best in the school's history.[8] In 1988, he won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association indoor individual championship. He turned pro in his sophomore year.[3]

The summer of 1989 was his best season as a pro – he won the Chicoutimi challenger event, reached the 3rd round at both the Stratton Mountain and Indianapolis Grand Prix events, the quarter finals of the Canadian Open and Los Angeles Grand Prix tournament, and the 2nd round of the U.S. Open.[9] In July 1989 he defeated world # 24 Jay Berger in Stratton Mountain, 6–2, 2–6, 6–3, in August he beat # 23 Kevin Curren in Montreal, 6–2, 2–6, 6–3, and in September he upset # 8 Tim Mayotte in Los Angeles, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5.[9]

In April 1990, Sznajder was a finalist of the Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix event. In November he upset world # 35 Karel Nováček 6–4, 6–3, in Brazil.[9]

Upon retiring from the tour, Sznajder worked as Product Manager at PageNet Canada Inc. for 10 years.[10] He then founded his own tennis health and racquet club software company, and directs his own tennis academy ASTA, and GSM Tennis Club, in Kitchener, Ontario.[11][12]

He continued to play competitively, and captured the 2002 Ontario Indoor Championship.[13]

After retiring, Sznajder became a top-ranking competitor on the ITF sanctioned Wilson/Mayfair Senior Circuit Over-35s.[citation needed]

In 2002 he was inducted into the Canada Tennis Hall of Fame.[14]

OlympicsEdit

Sznajder represented Canada at the 1992 Summer Olympics, reaching the 2nd round.[7]

Davis CupEdit

As a Canada Davis Cup team competitor, he had a career win-lose record of 14–10, all in singles, including a win and a loss in a losing tie to Spain in the first round of the 1991 World Group, Canada's first appearance.[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kelly: The man who built Milos Raonic’s tennis game"
  2. ^ "Eugenie Bouchard: from Waterloo to Wimbledon"
  3. ^ a b c d Andrew Sznajder | Bio | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  4. ^ "Andrew SZNAJDER "
  5. ^ Wechsler, Bob (2008). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. Jersey City: KTAV Publishing House. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-88125-969-8.
  6. ^ Encyclopaedia Judaica Year Book
  7. ^ a b c Hicks, J. (16 March 2012). "My Passion is Tennis". The Record. Metroland News. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Player profile – Andrew SZNAJDER (CAN)". Davis Cup. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  9. ^ a b c Andrew Sznajder | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  10. ^ Pagenet
  11. ^ AS Group of Companies
  12. ^ "New ventures: Tennis club; reflexology clinic"
  13. ^ "Andrew Sznajder," GPTCA.
  14. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler

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