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Balázs Taróczy (Hungarian: Taróczy Balázs; born 9 May 1954) is a retired tennis player from Hungary, who won thirteen singles titles in his career. The right-hander achieved his career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 12 in April 1982.

Balázs Taróczy
Balázs Taróczy - Hilversum 1981 (1).jpg
Balázs Taróczy in 1981
Country (sports) Hungary
ResidenceBudapest, Hungary
Born (1954-05-09) 9 May 1954 (age 65)
Budapest, Hungary
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Turned pro1972
Retired1990
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,437,443
Singles
Career record388–231 (62.7% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles13
Highest rankingNo. 12 (5 April 1982)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1973, 1979)
French OpenQF (1976, 1981)
Wimbledon4R (1980)
US Open3R (1974, 1975)
Other tournaments
WCT Finals1R (1983)
Doubles
Career record390–236
Career titles25
Highest rankingNo. 3 (15 July 1985)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1973, 1979, 1990)
French OpenW (1981)
WimbledonW (1985)
US OpenSF (1984)

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Tennis careerEdit

Taróczy was six times a Hungarian national champion.

One of the game's premier doubles players, Balazs and partner Heinz Günthardt won the 1985 Wimbledon doubles title. Though never especially proficient on the grass, the duo defeated Pat Cash-John Fitzgerald in four sets.

He became the Hungarian No. 1 player in 1973 and was a member of the Hungarian Davis Cup team from 1973 to 1985.

Despite playing part-time, still managed to finish top 50 in the doubles world rankings at No. 45 in 1989[1]

From September 1989 to the end of 1990 he was the coach of Goran Ivanišević.

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 20 (13 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Grand Prix Masters (0)
Grand Prix Super Series (0)
Grand Prix Regular Series (13)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0)
Clay (13)
Grass (0)
Carpet (0)
Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1974 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Onny Parun 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. 1976 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Ricardo Cano 6–4, 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 1977 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Corrado Barazzutti 6–7, 7–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 1978 Hilversum, Netherlands (2) Clay   Tom Okker 2–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 4. 1978 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Ilie Năstase 1–6, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 1978 Vienna, Austria Hard   Stan Smith 6–4, 6–7, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 5. 1979 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Ivan Lendl 6–1, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 1979 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Björn Borg 1–6, 5–7
Winner 6. 1979 Hilversum, Netherlands (3) Clay   Tomáš Šmíd 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 1980 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Peter McNamara 6–7, 3–6, 0–6
Winner 7. 1980 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Tony Giammalva 6–3, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 8. 1980 Hilversum, Netherlands (4) Clay   Haroon Ismail 6–3, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 9. 1980 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Adriano Panatta 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 1981 Bournemouth, UK Clay   Víctor Pecci 3–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 1981 Hilversum, Netherlands (5) Clay   Heinz Günthardt 6–3, 6–7, 6–4
Winner 11. 1981 Tokyo, Japan Clay   Eliot Teltscher 6–3, 1–6, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 12. 1982 Nice, France Clay   Yannick Noah 6–2, 3–6, 13–11
Winner 13. 1982 Hilversum, Netherlands (6) Clay   Buster Mottram 7–6, 6–7, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 6. 1983 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Tomáš Šmíd 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 1984 Indianapolis, US Clay   Andrés Gómez 0–6, 6–7

Doubles: 59 (26 titles, 33 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1973 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay   Róbert Machán   Jan Kodeš
  Vladimir Zednik
3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 2. 1974 Florence, Italy Clay   Róbert Machán   Paolo Bertolucci
  Adriano Panatta
3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1974 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   František Pala   Iván Molina
  Jairo Velasco
6–2, 6–7, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 1975 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet   José Higueras   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 1976 Florence, Italy Clay   Péter Szőke   Colin Dibley
  Carlos Kirmayr
7–5, 5–7, 5–7
Runner-up 6. 1976 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Wojtek Fibak   Ricardo Cano
  Belus Prajoux
4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 1977 Munich, Germany Clay   František Pala   Nikola Špear
  John Whitlinger
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1978 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Péter Szőke   Bob Carmichael
  Mark Edmondson
5–7, 4–6
Winner 2. 1978 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Tom Okker   Bob Carmichael
  Mark Edmondson
7–6, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 3. 1978 Boston, U.S. Clay   Víctor Pecci   Heinz Günthardt
  Van Winitsky
6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 4. 1978 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Víctor Pecci   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 1979 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Víctor Pecci   Ilie Năstase
  Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 1979 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Carlos Kirmayr   Billy Martin
  Peter McNamara
7–5, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 5. 1979 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Tom Okker   Jan Kodeš
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1980 Rome, Italy Clay   Eliot Teltscher   Mark Edmondson
  Kim Warwick
6–7, 6–7
Winner 6. 1980 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Tom Okker   Tony Giammalva
  Buster Mottram
7–5, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 11. 1980 Palermo, Italy Clay   Víctor Pecci   Gianni Ocleppo
  Ricardo Ycaza
2–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 1980 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Željko Franulović   Heinz Günthardt
  Markus Günthardt
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 1980 Madrid, Spain Clay   Jan Kodeš   Hans Gildemeister
  Andrés Gómez
6–3, 3–6, 8–10
Runner-up 13. 1980 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Pavel Složil   Steve Denton
  Ivan Lendl
2–6, 7–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 1980 Bologna, Italy Carpet   Butch Walts   Steve Denton
  Paul McNamee
2–6, 6–3, 6–0
Winner 9. 1981 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Ismail El Shafei   Paolo Bertolucci
  Gianni Ocleppo
6–7, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 10. 1981 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–3, 6–3
Winner 11. 1981 French Open, Paris Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Terry Moor
  Eliot Teltscher
6–2, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 12. 1981 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Raymond Moore
  Andrew Pattison
6–0, 6–2
Winner 13. 1981 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 14. 1981 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Larry Stefanki
  Robert Van't Hof
3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 14. 1981 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet   Heinz Günthardt   Victor Amaya
  Hank Pfister
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 15. 1981 Bologna, Italy Carpet   Tomáš Šmíd   Sammy Giammalva, Jr.
  Henri Leconte
6–7, 4–6
Winner 15. 1982 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet   Heinz Günthardt   Kevin Curren
  Steve Denton
6–7, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 1982 Mexico City WCT, Mexico City Carpet   Tomáš Šmíd   Sherwood Stewart
  Ferdi Taygan
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 17. 1982 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay   Tomáš Šmíd   Mel Purcell
  Eliot Teltscher
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 18. 1982 Nice, France Clay   Paul McNamee   Henri Leconte
  Yannick Noah
7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 19. 1982 Madrid, Spain Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
1–6, 6–3, 7–9
Winner 16. 1982 Rome, Italy Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Wojtek Fibak
  John Fitzgerald
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 20. 1982 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Jan Kodeš
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–7, 4–6
Winner 17. 1983 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet   Heinz Günthardt   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–5, 7–6
Winner 18. 1983 Brussels, Belgium Carpet   Heinz Günthardt   Hans Simonsson
  Mats Wilander
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 21. 1983 Munich WCT, Germany Carpet   Heinz Günthardt   Kevin Curren
  Steve Denton
5–7, 6–2, 1–6
Winner 19. 1983 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Henri Leconte
  Yannick Noah
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 22. 1983 Bournemouth, England Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Tomáš Šmíd
  Sherwood Stewart
6–7, 5–7
Winner 20. 1983 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Mark Edmondson
  Brian Gottfried
7–6, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 21. 1983 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Jan Kodeš
  Tomáš Šmíd
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 23. 1984 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Stefan Edberg
  Anders Järryd
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 24. 1984 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
6–7, 5–7
Runner-up 25. 1984 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard   Sandy Mayer   Francisco González
  Matt Mitchell
6–4, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 26. 1984 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Heinz Günthardt   Wojtek Fibak
  Sandy Mayer
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 27. 1985 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet   Heinz Günthardt   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 0–6
Winner 22. 1985 La Quinta, United States Hard   Heinz Günthardt   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 28. 1985 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Hans Gildemeister
  Andrés Gómez
6–1, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 23. 1985 Wimbledon, London Grass   Heinz Günthardt   Pat Cash
  John Fitzgerald
6–4, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 29. 1985 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay   David Graham   Hans Gildemeister
  Víctor Pecci
3–6, 6–1, 4–6
Winner 24. 1986 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet   Heinz Günthardt   Paul Annacone
  Christo van Rensburg
6–4, 1–6, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 30. 1988 Saint-Vincent, Italy Clay   Paolo Canè   Alberto Mancini
  Christian Miniussi
4–6, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 25. 1988 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Alex Antonitsch   Kevin Curren
  Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 31. 1989 Milan, Italy Carpet   Heinz Günthardt   Jakob Hlasek
  John McEnroe
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 32. 1989 Nice, France Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Ricki Osterthun
  Udo Riglewski
6–7, 7–6, 1–6
Winner 26. 1989 Munich, Germany Clay   Javier Sánchez   Peter Doohan
  Laurie Warder
7–6, 6–7, 7–6
Runner-up 33. 1990 Brussels, Belgium Carpet   Goran Ivanišević   Emilio Sánchez
  Slobodan Živojinović
5–7, 3–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Árvay, Sándor (5 January 2009). "Bajnokaink" [Our champions] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Magyar Tenisz Szövetség [Hungarian Tennis Association]. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2010.

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