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Colin Dowdeswell (born 12 May 1955), is a former professional tennis player who represented, at different times, Rhodesia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom,[1] and who achieved rank as UK No. 1. During his time on the world tour, he won 1 singles title and 11 doubles titles.[2] Perhaps the highlight of his career was reaching the men's doubles final of Wimbledon.

Colin Dowdeswell
Country (sports)Rhodesia Rhodesia
(1972–1976)
Switzerland Switzerland (1977–1981)
United Kingdom Great Britain
(1982–1986)
Born (1955-05-12) 12 May 1955 (age 64)
London, England
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$327,277
Singles
Career record113–171
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 31 (12 December 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1984)
French Open2R (1977, 1978, 1979)
Wimbledon2R (1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1986)
US Open4R (1976, 1978)
Doubles
Career record216–162
Career titles11
Highest rankingNo. 24 (24 March 1980)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1984, 1985)
French OpenQF (1977)
WimbledonF (1975)
US OpenSF (1976)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenF (1976)
WimbledonQF (1976, 1980)
US OpenSF (1984)

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Early lifeEdit

Dowdeswell was born in London but grew up in Rhodesia and went to university in South Africa.[3]

Tennis career highlightsEdit

Partnering Australian Allan Stone, Dowdeswell finished runner-up in doubles at Wimbledon in 1975. Unseeded, after two straight sets wins, they defeated the No. 7 seeds Tom Okker and Marty Riessen in the round of sixteen in four sets. They did likewise in eliminating the No. 3 seeds, Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan, in the quarterfinals. It took Dowdeswell and Stone then five sets to overcome the unseeded team of Dick Crealy and Niki Pilic in the semi-finals. They lost the final to another unseeded tandem, Vitas Gerulaitis and Sandy Mayer, 5–7, 6–8, 4–6.[4]

Dowdeswell achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 31 in 1983 and a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 24 in 1980.[2]

Career finalsEdit

Grand Prix and WCT singles finals (4)Edit

Titles (1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1974 Dublin, Ireland Hard   Sherwood Stewart 3–6, 8–9
Winner 1. 1975 Istanbul, Turkey Clay   Ferdi Taygan 6–1, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1978 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Cliff Richey 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1983 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Johan Kriek 4–6, 6–4, 6–1, 5–7, 3–6

Grand Slam, Grand Prix, and WCT doubles finals (28)Edit

Titles (11)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1974 Dublin, Ireland Hard   John Yuill   Lito Álvarez
  Jorge Andrew
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 1975 Birmingham, US Carpet   John Yuill   Jürgen Fassbender
  Karl Meiler
1–6, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 2. 1975 Wimbledon, London Grass   Allan Stone   Vitas Gerulaitis
  Sandy Mayer
5–7, 6–8, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1975 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Ken Rosewall   Jürgen Fassbender
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
4–6, 7–9, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 1975 Istanbul, Turkey Clay   John Feaver   Colin Dibley
  Thomaz Koch
2–6, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 1976 Nuremberg, Germany Carpet   Paul Kronk   Frew McMillan
  Karl Meiler
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1976 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Paul Kronk   Wojtek Fibak
  Jacek Niedźwiedzki
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 1976 Cologne, Germany Carpet   Mike Estep   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
1–6, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 8. 1977 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Bob Hewitt   Jürgen Fassbender
  Karl Meiler
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 9. 1977 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Chris Kachel   Buster Mottram
  Roger Taylor
6–7, 4–6
Winner 2. 1978 Sarasota, US Carpet   Geoff Masters   Byron Bertram
  Bernard Mitton
2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 1978 Lagos, Nigeria Clay   Jürgen Fassbender   George Hardie
  Sashi Menon
3–6, 6–3, 5–7
Winner 3. 1978 Berlin, Germany Clay   Jürgen Fassbender   Željko Franulović
  Hans Gildemeister
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1978 Toronto, Canada Clay   Heinz Günthardt   Wojtek Fibak
  Tom Okker
3–6, 6–7
Winner 4. 1979 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Heinz Günthardt   Raymond Moore
  Ilie Năstase
6–3, 7–6
Winner 5. 1979 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Frew McMillan   Wojtek Fibak
  Pavel Složil
6–4, 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 1980 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Heinz Günthardt   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
4–6, 3–6
Winner 6. 1980 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Ismail El Shafei   Mark Edmondson
  Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. 1980 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Frew McMillan   Chris Lewis
  John Yuill
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 13. 1983 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Wojtek Fibak   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 1983 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Zoltan Kuharszky   Wojtek Fibak
  Pavel Složil
5–7, 2–6
Winner 8. 1983 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   Zoltan Kuharszky   Peter Elter
  Peter Feigl
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 15. 1984 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Wojtek Fibak   Henri Leconte
  Pascal Portes
6–2, 6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 16. 1984 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   Jakob Hlasek   Peter Doohan
  Brian Levine
3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 1985 Palermo, Italy Clay   Joakim Nyström   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
6–4, 6–7, 7–6
Winner 10. 1985 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Christo van Rensburg   Amos Mansdorf
  Shahar Perkiss
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Winner 11. 1986 Milan, Italy Carpet   Christo Steyn   Brian Levine
  Laurie Warder
6–3, 4–6, 6–1
Runner-up 17. 1986 Nice, France Clay   Gary Donnelly   Jakob Hlasek
  Pavel Složil
3–6, 6–4, 9–11

Davis CupEdit

Dowdeswell participated in one Davis Cup tie for Rhodesia in 1976, posting a 2–0 record in singles and an 0–1 record in doubles. He participated in six Davis Cup ties for Great Britain from 1984 to 1986, posting an 0–2 record in singles and a 5–1 record in doubles.

Life outside tennisEdit

Dowdeswell completed his tennis career in 1986 and began a successful career in financial services and private banking with Merrill Lynch.[2] Married with three children,[2] he currently resides in Monaco. He is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren.[citation needed] He has also resided in Wimbledon.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "ITF Men's Circuit Biography of Colin Dowdeswell". ITF Tennis. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "ATP.com Colin Dowdeswell profile". ATP.com. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  3. ^ Official website: Biography. Accessed 11 July 2014
  4. ^ "1975 Wimbledon Men's Doubles drawsheet". ATP.com. Retrieved 20 October 2011.

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