Bruce Manson

Bruce Manson (born March 20, 1956) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. He achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 17 in 1981. His career high singles ranking was World No. 39.

Bruce Manson
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceNew York City, New York
Born (1956-03-20) March 20, 1956 (age 64)
Los Angeles, California, US
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Turned pro1977
Prize money$492,338
Career record126–171
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 39 (August 16, 1982)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1979, 1980)
Wimbledon3R (1979, 1980)
US OpenQF (1981)
Career record212–160
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 17 (March 23, 1981)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenSF (1980)
Wimbledon3R (1985)
US OpenQF (1979)


Manson is Jewish, and was born in Los Angeles, California, and lived in North Hollywood.[1][2] He attended Grant High School.[2] He was the first player to win three consecutive L.A. City Tennis Singles Championships (1973–75).[2] He won the boys 16 and under in the Ojai Tennis Tournament in 1972.[3] He was the Southern California Junior Singles Champion in both 1973 and 1974, and was a member of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team.[2]

At the University of Southern California on a tennis scholarship, Manson was a three-time All-American (1975–77).[2] He was an NCAA Singles semi-finalist in both 1976 and 1977, and doubles champion in 1975 and 1977.[2][4] While at USC, Manson won a gold medal in doubles at the 1975 Pan American Games.[2] In 1977, he won the 21-and-under U.S. Singles title.[2]

Manson enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing doubles. During his career he won 9 doubles titles and finished runner-up an additional 8 times. He achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 17 in 1981. His career high singles ranking was World No. 39. He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Davis Cup Team, and made the U.S. Open quarter-finals in 1981 by defeating Danny Saltz, Richard Meyer, Peter McNamara and José Luis Clerc, before being defeated by Vitas Gerulaitis.

In 1993 he was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[2]

After retiring from tennis in 1985, he earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, and began a career as a bond trader with First Boston in 1987 in New York.[4] He moved to London in 1988, working for CSFB and later Barclays Bank, returned to New York in 1993 with Barclays, and moved to HSBC Bank in 2004.[4]

Career finalsEdit

Doubles (9 titles, 8 runner-ups)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1976 Boca Raton, US Hard   Butch Walts   Vitas Gerulaitis
  Clark Graebner
2–6, 4–6
Loss 2. 1978 Cleveland, US Hard   Rick Fisher   Dick Stockton
  Erik van Dillen
1–6, 4–6
Loss 3. 1978 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Andrew Pattison   Wojtek Fibak
  John McEnroe
6–7, 5–7
Win 1. 1978 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i)   Andrew Pattison   Ion Ţiriac
  Guillermo Vilas
7–6, 6–2
Loss 4. 1979 Rancho Mirage, US Hard   Cliff Drysdale   Gene Mayer
  Sandy Mayer
4–6, 6–7
Win 2. 1979 Dayton, US Carpet   Cliff Drysdale   Ross Case
  Phil Dent
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Win 3. 1980 Toronto, Canada Hard   Brian Teacher   Heinz Günthardt
  Sandy Mayer
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Win 4. 1980 Cincinnati, US Hard   Brian Teacher   Wojtek Fibak
  Ivan Lendl
6–7, 7–5, 6–4
Loss 5. 1980 Hong Kong Hard   Brian Teacher   Peter Fleming
  Ferdi Taygan
5–7, 2–6
Win 5. 1980 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet   Brian Teacher   John Austin
  Ferdi Taygan
6–4, 6–0
Win 6. 1981 La Quinta, US Hard   Brian Teacher   Terry Moor
  Eliot Teltscher
7–6, 6–2
Loss 6. 1981 Rome, Italy Clay   Tomáš Šmíd   Hans Gildemeister
  Andrés Gómez
5–7, 2–6
Win 7. 1981 Columbus, US Hard   Brian Teacher   Anand Amritraj
  Vijay Amritraj
6–1, 6–1
Loss 7. 1982 Los Angeles, US Hard   Brian Teacher   Sherwood Stewart
  Ferdi Taygan
1–6, 7–6, 3–6
Win 8. 1982 Zell Am See WCT, Austria Clay   Wojtek Fibak   Sammy Giammalva Jr.
  Tony Giammalva
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
Win 9. 1982 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i)   Brian Gottfried   Jay Lapidus
  Richard Meyer
6–4, 6–2
Loss 8. 1982 Chicago-2 WCT, US Carpet   Mike Cahill   Anand Amritraj
  Vijay Amritraj
6–3, 2–6, 3–6

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Keese, Parton (August 24, 1975). "Pro‐Celebrity Tennis is a Hit" – via
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jewish Post 9 November 1979 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program".
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b c "Bruce Manson | Bio | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.

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