Christo van Rensburg

Christo van Rensburg (born 23 October 1962) is a former professional tennis player from South Africa.

Christo van Rensburg
Country (sports)South Africa/ South Africa
ResidenceAustin, Texas, United States
Born (1962-10-23) 23 October 1962 (age 60)
Uitenhage, South Africa
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1983
Retired1997
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,907,831
Singles
Career record166–160
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 19 (29 February 1988)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open4R (1989)
Wimbledon4R (1986, 1989)
US Open4R (1990)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1992)
Doubles
Career record293–216
Career titles20
Highest rankingNo. 5 (4 May 1987)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenW (1985)
French OpenQF (1985)
WimbledonSF (1986)
US OpenSF (1989)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (1985)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open1R (1990, 1997)
French Open2R (1996)
WimbledonSF (1991, 1996)
US OpenSF (1991, 1996)

Van Rensburg turned professional in 1983. He won his first doubles title on ATP Tour later that year at Cleveland.

Van Rensburg won 20 top-level doubles titles during his career, including one Grand Slam men's doubles title at the Australian Open in 1985, partnering Paul Annacone. He also won two ATP singles titles at Orlando in 1987, and at Johannesburg in 1989. Van Rensburg's career-high rankings were world No. 19 in singles (achieved in 1988) and world No. 5 in doubles (achieved in 1987). He retired from the professional tour in 1995.

Van Rensburg is one of only two men to beat Pete Sampras in straight sets at Wimbledon (doing so in 1990, where Sampras was the No. 12 seed), the other being 1996 champion Richard Krajicek.

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Championship Series (0–0)
ATP World Series (2–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (1–3)
Indoors (1–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Mar 1987 Orlando, United States Grand Prix Hard   Jimmy Connors 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Loss 1–1 Nov 1988 Johannesburg, South Africa Grand Prix Hard   Jakob Hlasek 7–6(7–1), 4–6, 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 1–2 Jun 1989 Queen's, United Kingdom Grand Prix Grass   Ivan Lendl 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Win 2–2 Nov 1989 Johannesburg, South Africa Grand Prix Hard   Paul Chamberlin 6–4, 7–6, 6–1
Loss 2–3 Apr 1990 Orlando, United States World Series Hard   Brad Gilbert 2–6, 1–6
Loss 2–4 Oct 1991 Tel Aviv, Israel World Series Hard   Leonardo Lavalle 2–6, 6–3, 3–6

Doubles: 32 (20 titles, 12 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (1–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–1)
ATP Masters Series (2–1)
ATP Championship Series (0–0)
ATP World Series (17–10)
Finals by surface
Hard (9–6)
Clay (4–0)
Grass (3–1)
Carpet (4–5)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (16–8)
Indoors (4–4)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Aug 1983 Cleveland, United States Grand Prix Hard   Mike Myburg   Francisco González
  Matt Mitchell
7–6, 7–5
Win 2–0 Dec 1984 Sydney, Australia Grand Prix Grass   Paul Annacone   Tom Gullikson
  Scott McCain
7–6, 7–6
Win 3–0 Apr 1985 Delray Beach, United States Grand Prix Masters Hard   Paul Annacone   Sherwood Stewart
  Kim Warwick
7–5, 7–5, 6–4
Win 4–0 Apr 1985 Atlanta, United States WCT Carpet   Paul Annacone   Steve Denton
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 6–3
Loss 4–1 May 1985 Las Vegas, United States Grand Prix Hard   Paul Annacone   Pat Cash
  John Fitzgerald
6–7, 7–6, 6–7
Loss 4–2 Jul 1985 Newport, United States Grand Prix Grass   Paul Annacone   Peter Doohan
  Sammy Giammalva Jr.
1–6, 3–6
Loss 4–3 Sep 1985 Los Angeles, United States Grand Prix Hard   Paul Annacone   Scott Davis
  Robert Van't Hof
3–6, 6–7
Win 5–3 Sep 1985 San Francisco, United States Grand Prix Carpet   Paul Annacone   Brad Gilbert
  Sandy Mayer
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 6–3 Oct 1985 Johannesburg, South Africa Grand Prix Hard   Colin Dowdeswell   Amos Mansdorf
  Shahar Perkiss
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Win 7–3 Dec 1985 Melbourne, Australia Grand Slam Grass   Paul Annacone   Mark Edmondson
  Kim Warwick
3–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 7–4 Jan 1985 London, United Kingdom WCT Carpet   Paul Annacone   Heinz Günthardt
  Balázs Taróczy
4–6, 6–1, 6–7, 7–6, 4–6
Loss 7–5 Aug 1986 Stratton Mountain, United States Grand Prix Hard   Paul Annacone   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 8–5 Nov 1986 Johannesburg, South Africa Grand Prix Hard   Mike De Palmer   Andrés Gómez
  Sherwood Stewart
3–6, 6–2, 7–6
Win 9–5 Mar 1987 Miami, United States Grand Prix Masters Hard   Paul Annacone   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
6–2, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 9–6 Mar 1987 Orlando, United States Grand Prix Hard   Paul Annacone   Sherwood Stewart
  Kim Warwick
6–2, 6–7, 4–6
Win 10–6 Apr 1987 Chicago, United States Grand Prix Carpet   Paul Annacone   Mike De Palmer
  Gary Donnelly
6–3, 7–6
Loss 10–7 Oct 1988 Paris, France Grand Prix Masters Carpet   Jim Grabb   Paul Annacone
  John Fitzgerald
2–6, 2–6
Win 11–7 Feb 1989 Memphis, United States Grand Prix Hard   Paul Annacone   Scott Davis
  Tim Wilkison
7–6, 6–7, 6–1
Win 12–7 Feb 1989 Philadelphia, United States Grand Prix Carpet   Paul Annacone   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
6–3, 7–5
Loss 12–8 Mar 1989 Scottsdale, United States Grand Prix Hard   Paul Annacone   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
7–6, 3–6, 2–6, 6–2, 4–6
Loss 12–9 Oct 1989 San Francisco, United States Grand Prix Carpet   Paul Annacone   Pieter Aldrich
  Danie Visser
4–6, 3–6
Win 13–9 Sep 1990 Basel, Switzerland World Series Hard   Stefan Kruger   Neil Broad
  Gary Muller
4–6, 7–6, 6–3
Win 14–9 Oct 1990 Tel Aviv, Israel World Series Hard   Nduka Odizor   Ronnie Båthman
  Rikard Bergh
6–3, 6–4
Loss 14–10 Apr 1991 Singapore, Singapore World Series Hard   Stefan Kruger   Grant Connell
  Glenn Michibata
4–6, 7–5, 6–7
Loss 14–11 Oct 1992 Taipei, Taiwan World Series Carpet   Patrick Baur   John Fitzgerald
  Sandon Stolle
6–7, 2–6
Loss 14–12 Feb 1993 Marseille, France World Series Carpet   Ivan Lendl   Arnaud Boetsch
  Olivier Delaître
3–6, 6–7
Win 15–12 Apr 1993 Osaka, Japan World Series Hard   Mark Keil   Glenn Michibata
  David Pate
7–6, 6–3
Win 16–12 Jul 1993 Newport, United States World Series Grass   Javier Frana   Byron Black
  Jim Pugh
4–6, 6–1, 7–6
Win 17–12 Apr 1994 Birmingham, United States World Series Clay   Richey Reneberg   Brian MacPhie
  David Witt
2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Win 18–12 Nov 1995 Buenos Aires, Argentina World Series Clay   Vincent Spadea   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
6–3, 6–3
Win 19–12 May 1996 Atlanta, United States World Series Clay   David Wheaton   Bill Behrens
  Matt Lucena
7–6, 6–2
Win 20–12 Jun 1996 Bologna, Italy World Series Clay   Brent Haygarth   Karim Alami
  Gábor Köves
6–1, 6–4

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (5–1)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (5–1)
ITF Futures (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Apr 1989 Cape Town, South Africa Challenger Hard   Pieter Aldrich 6–3, 6–1
Win 2-0 Jul 1991 Newcastle, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Michiel Schapers 6–4, 6–0
Loss 2-1 Sep 1991 Singapore, Singapore Challenger Hard   Mark Woodforde 1–6, 4–6
Win 3-1 Oct 1991 Jerusalem, Israel Challenger Hard   Clinton Marsh 2–6, 6–2, 6–3
Win 4-1 Dec 1991 Bossonnens, Switzerland Challenger Hard   Patrick Baur 6–4, 7–6
Win 5-1 Sep 1993 Singapore, Singapore Challenger Hard   Jonathan Canter 6–2, 5–7, 6–2

Doubles: 8 (6–2)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (6–2)
ITF Futures (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–1)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 1991 Newcastle, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   John-Laffnie De Jager   Nicholas Fulwood
  Peter Nyborg
6–7, 1–6
Win 1–1 Oct 1992 Jerusalem, Israel Challenger Hard   John-Laffnie De Jager   Nduka Odizor
  Bryan Shelton
6–2, 6–4
Win 2–1 Jul 1992 Newcastle, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Javier Frana   Kent Kinnear
  Peter Nyborg
7–6, 7–6
Win 3–1 Nov 1992 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet   Grant Stafford   Michael Mortensen
  Christian Saceanu
6–1, 6–3
Win 4–1 Sep 1993 Singapore, Singapore Challenger Hard   Jeremy Bates   Sander Groen
  Grant Stafford
6–3, 6–4
Loss 4–2 Sep 1995 Aruba, Aruba Challenger Hard   Jose-Antonio Conde   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
4–6, 6–4, 6–7
Win 5–2 Mar 1996 Agadir, Morocco Challenger Clay   Jared Palmer   Patrik Fredriksson
  Magnus Norman
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Win 6–2 May 1997 Bratislava, Slovakia Challenger Clay   Jared Palmer   Joan Balcells
  Devin Bowen
4–6, 6–3, 7–5

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R A A 3R 3R 4R 2R 2R 1R A 1R A 0 / 8 9–8 53%
French Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon Q2 Q2 3R Q3 4R 3R 1R 4R 2R 3R 2R 3R A A 0 / 9 16–9 64%
US Open A A A 1R 3R A A 2R 4R 1R 1R A Q2 A 0 / 6 6–6 50%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 5–2 4–2 2–2 7–3 5–3 3–3 1–3 2–1 0–1 0–0 0 / 23 31–23 57%
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held A Not Held 1R Not Held 0 / 1 0–1 0%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A 2R 2R 2R 2R A 2R Q1 A Q1 0 / 5 5–5 50%
Miami A A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 3R A 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 9 4–9 31%
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Hamburg A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Rome A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canada A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Cincinnati A A A A 3R 2R A A 1R A 1R A A A 0 / 4 3–4 43%
Paris A A A A A 1R A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–2 2–4 1–2 3–3 2–4 0–0 1–6 0–1 0–1 0–0 0 / 24 12–24 33%

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A QF W A SF 3R 3R 2R 1R 2R A 3R 2R 1R 1R 1 / 12 20–11 65%
French Open A A 1R QF A 2R A A A A 1R A 1R A 2R 2R 0 / 7 6–7 46%
Wimbledon Q1 1R Q2 QF SF QF 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R A 1R 1R 0 / 13 13–13 50%
US Open A 1R 2R 3R 3R A A SF QF 2R A 3R A 1R 2R A 0 / 10 16–10 62%
Win–loss 0–0 0–2 4–4 13–3 6–2 7–3 3–2 6–3 4–3 1–3 2–3 2–2 3–3 1–2 2–4 1–3 1 / 42 55–41 57%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A SF 1R QF 2R A 1R A A 1R A 1R 0 / 7 4–7 36%
Miami A A A W 1R W SF 3R 2R A 1R A 1R 1R A 1R 2 / 10 18–8 69%
Monte Carlo A A A A A SF A A 1R A 1R A A A A A 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Hamburg A A A A A A A SF A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Rome A A A 1R A A A QF A A A A A A 2R A 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Canada A A A QF A QF A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Cincinnati A A A 1R A A A A 1R A Q1 A A A A A 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Paris A A A A A SF F 1R 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 8–3 0–1 13–4 7–3 7–5 1–5 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2 / 32 37–30 55%

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A 1R A A A A A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
French Open A 1R 1R A A A A 1R A A A A A 2R A 0 / 4 1–4 20%
Wimbledon 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R A 2R SF A 2R 3R A SF 1R 0 / 12 17–12 59%
US Open A A A A A A A 1R SF A A A A SF A 0 / 3 6–3 67%
Win–loss 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–4 7–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 8–3 0–2 0 / 21 24–21 53%

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