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Eliot Teltscher (born March 15, 1959) is a retired professional American tennis player. His highest ranking in singles was # 6 in the world, and in doubles was # 38 in the world.

Eliot Teltscher
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceIrvine, California
Born (1959-03-15) March 15, 1959 (age 60)
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1977
Retired1988
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,653,997
Singles
Career record399–216
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 6 (May 7, 1982)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1983)
French Open4R (1979, 1982, 1983)
Wimbledon3R (1977)
US OpenQF (1980, 1981, 1983)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsQF (1984)
WCT FinalsQF (1984)
Doubles
Career record161–164
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 38 (August 26, 1985)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1983)
French OpenF (1981)
Wimbledon3R (1985)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (1983)
WimbledonQF (1985)
Last updated on: December 17, 2012.

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Tennis careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Teltscher was born in Palos Verdes, California, lives in Irvine, California, and is Jewish.[1][2] His mother was born in pre-state Israel/British Mandate Palestine, and his father Eric, of Austrian descent, was a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Israel and joined the British military, ultimately becoming an industrial engineer.[3][4] He began playing tennis when he was nine, and by the time he was 17, he was ranked in the top ten in the United States junior rankings.[5]

He attended UCLA in 1978 on a tennis scholarship, where he was an All American, but dropped out to begin his professional tennis career.[6][1] In the NCAA tournament that year, he was ranked number two and was expected to play John McEnroe from Stanford in the final. However, he lost in the quarter-finals to John Sadri of North Carolina State.[3] That same year he defeated Onny Parun to win the New Zealand Open. He lived in Sebring, Florida.[4]He lives in Irvine, California.

Pro careerEdit

In January 1978, after Teltscher was eliminated by Ilie Nastase at the $100,000 Baltimore International tennis tournament, Nastase said: "Forget about Jimmy Connors. Teltscher is the best player I’ve played in the United States in years. Put him in the Davis Cup, put him in the World Cup, put him in everything."[7]

In 1979, Teltscher turned pro. A worldwide top 10 player from 1980–82, he was ranked no lower than #15 from through 1984. He reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on May 7, 1982, when he became ranked #6 in the world.[3]

He and his partner Terry Moor made it to the finals of the French Open in 1981, and he and Barbara Jordan won the mixed doubles title in 1983.[6] He made it to the quarterfinals at the US Open in 1980, 1981, and 1983, where each time he was defeated by Jimmy Connors.[6] He beat Connors, ranked # 8 in the world, in Chicago 6–3, 6–1. He won 10 singles titles during his professional career, which ended in 1988.[3]

Davis CupEdit

Teltscher was on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1982, 1983, and 1985. His team defeated France in the 1982 tournament.[6]

CoachingEdit

He served coach for Justin Gimelstob, Richey Reneberg (1997), Jeff Tarango (1995), Pete Sampras, Jim Grabb (1992), Phillip King and others.[6]

Teltscher served as a head men's tennis coach at Pepperdine University for the 1991–92 school season,[6] and as a tennis coach at the Manhattan Beach Country Club from 1992 to 1997.

He was a coach of the US national team from 1998 to 2001, when he resigned to become personal coach to Taylor Dent.[6]

He was named USTA Director of Tennis Operations in December 2002.[8]

Teltscher was named the 2003 Pan American Games Men's Coach.[9]

Hall of FameEdit

Teltscher, who is Jewish, was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1991, into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1999,[10] and into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.[11][12]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Men's doublesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1981 French Open Clay   Terry Moor   Heinz Günthardt
  Balázs Taróczy
2–6, 6–7, 3–6

Mixed doublesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1983 French Open Clay   Barbara Jordan   Leslie Allen
  Charles Strode
6–2, 6–3

ATP Tour finalsEdit

Singles 24 (10-14)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1978 Atlanta, U.S. Hard   Stan Smith 6–4, 1–6, 1–2, ret.
Winner 1. 1978 Hong Kong Hard   Pat Du Pré 6–4, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2. 1979 Atlanta, U.S. Hard   John Alexander 6–3, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1980 Birmingham, U.S. Carpet   Jimmy Connors 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 1980 New Orleans, U.S. Carpet   Wojtek Fibak 4–6, 5–7
Winner 3. 1980 Atlanta, U.S. Hard   Terry Moor 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 1980 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Gene Mayer 2–6, 6–2, 1–6
Winner 4. 1980 Maui, U.S. Hard   Tim Wilkison 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 1980 Republic of China Carpet   Jimmy Connors 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1980 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay   Ivan Lendl 6–3, 4–6, 0–6
Winner 5. 1981 San Juan, U.S. Hard   Tim Gullikson 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 1981 Montreal, Canada Hard   Ivan Lendl 3–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 1981 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Brian Teacher 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 8. 1981 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay   Balázs Taróczy 3–6, 6–1, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 9. 1982 Rome, Italy Clay   Andrés Gómez 2–6, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 1982 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet   Vitas Gerulaitis 6–2, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 11. 1983 La Quinta, U.S. Hard   José Higueras 4–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 1983 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Andrés Gómez 7–5, 3–6, 6–1
Runner-up 12. 1984 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Jimmy Connors 4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 8. 1984 Brisbane, Australia Hard   Francisco González 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 9. 1984 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 13. 1987 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Brad Gilbert 2–6, 2–6
Winner 10. 1987 Hong Kong Hard   John Fitzgerald 6–7(6–8), 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 14. 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Luiz Mattar 3–6, 3–6

Doubles 14 (4-10)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1978 Columbus, U.S. Clay   Marcello Lara   Colin Dibley
  Bob Giltinan
2–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 1979 Tulsa, U.S. Hard (i)   Francisco González   Colin Dibley
  Tom Gullikson
6–7, 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 1979 Atlanta, U.S. Hard   Steve Docherty   Raymond Moore
  Ilie Năstase
4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1980 New Orleans, U.S. Carpet   Terry Moor   Raymond Moore
  Robert Trogolo
7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 1980 Rome, Italy Clay   Balázs Taróczy   Mark Edmondson
  Kim Warwick
6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 1980 Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Hard   Peter Fleming   Brian Gottfried
  Sandy Mayer
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 1980 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay   Terry Moor   Ross Case
  Jaime Fillol
3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1980 Wembley, England Carpet   Bill Scanlon   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 1981 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard   Tim Gullikson   Tim Mayotte
  Chris Mayotte
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 8. 1981 La Quinta, U.S. Hard   Terry Moor   Bruce Manson
  Brian Teacher
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 1981 French Open, Paris Clay   Terry Moor   Heinz Günthardt
  Balázs Taróczy
2–6, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 3. 1982 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay   Mel Purcell   Tomáš Šmíd
  Balázs Taróczy
6–4, 7–6
Winner 4. 1982 Maui, U.S. Hard   Mike Cahill   Francisco González
  Bernard Mitton
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 1984 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Steve Meister   Tracy Delatte
  Francisco González
6–7, 1–6

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Eliot Teltscher | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  2. ^ Jewish Post 12 March 1982 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program
  3. ^ a b c d "Eliot Teltscher – One of the Greatest Jewish Tennis Players Of All Time" | World Tennis Magazine
  4. ^ a b The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on January 14, 1982 · Page 68
  5. ^ Teltscher, Eliot : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Teltscher, Eliot". Jews in Sports. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Lookout | PEOPLE.com
  8. ^ "Teltscher to coach Pe’er in next tournament" - Jerusalem Post
  9. ^ "Missing Sole but Not Heart" - latimes
  10. ^ Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Home
  11. ^ "Eliot Teltscher". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  12. ^ "Eliot Teltscher"

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