Eliot Teltscher (born March 15, 1959) is a retired professional American tennis player. He won the 1983 French Open Mixed Doubles. His highest ranking in singles was # 6 in the world, and in doubles was # 38 in the world.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||March 15, 1959|
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 6 (May 7, 1982)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1983)|
|French Open||4R (1979, 1982, 1983)|
|US Open||QF (1980, 1981, 1983)|
|Tour Finals||QF (1984)|
|WCT Finals||QF (1984)|
|Highest ranking||No. 38 (August 26, 1985)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1983)|
|French Open||F (1981)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1983)|
|Last updated on: December 17, 2012.|
Teltscher was born in Palos Verdes, California, lives in Irvine, California, and is Jewish. 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. 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.
He attended UCLA in 1978 on a tennis scholarship, where he was an All American, but dropped out to begin his professional tennis career. 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. That same year he defeated Onny Parun to win the New Zealand Open. He lived in Sebring, Florida.
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."
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.
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. He made it to the quarterfinals at the US Open in 1980, 1981, and 1983, where each time he was defeated by Jimmy Connors. 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.
He was named USTA Director of Tennis Operations in December 2002.
Jewish Sports 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 1998, and into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
|Loss||1981||French Open||Clay||Terry Moor|| Heinz Günthardt
|2–6, 6–7, 3–6|
|Win||1983||French Open||Clay||Barbara Jordan|| Leslie Allen
ATP Tour finalsEdit
Singles 24 (10–14)Edit
|Loss||1.||1978||Atlanta, U.S.||Hard||Stan Smith||6–4, 1–6, 1–2, ret.|
|Win||1.||1978||Hong Kong||Hard||Pat Du Pré||6–4, 6–3, 6–2|
|Win||2.||1979||Atlanta, U.S.||Hard||John Alexander||6–3, 4–6, 6–2|
|Loss||2.||1980||Birmingham, U.S.||Carpet||Jimmy Connors||3–6, 2–6|
|Loss||3.||1980||New Orleans, U.S.||Carpet||Wojciech Fibak||4–6, 5–7|
|Win||3.||1980||Atlanta, U.S.||Hard||Terry Moor||6–2, 6–2|
|Loss||4.||1980||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Gene Mayer||2–6, 6–2, 1–6|
|Win||4.||1980||Maui, U.S.||Hard||Tim Wilkison||7–6, 6–3|
|Loss||5.||1980||Taiwan||Carpet||Jimmy Connors||2–6, 4–6|
|Loss||6.||1980||Tokyo Outdoor, Japan||Clay||Ivan Lendl||6–3, 4–6, 0–6|
|Win||5.||1981||San Juan, U.S.||Hard||Tim Gullikson||6–4, 6–2|
|Loss||7.||1981||Montreal, Canada||Hard||Ivan Lendl||3–6, 2–6|
|Win||6.||1981||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Brian Teacher||6–3, 7–6|
|Loss||8.||1981||Tokyo Outdoor, Japan||Clay||Balázs Taróczy||3–6, 6–1, 6–7(3–7)|
|Loss||9.||1982||Rome, Italy||Clay||Andrés Gómez||2–6, 3–6, 2–6|
|Loss||10.||1982||Melbourne Indoor, Australia||Carpet||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–2, 2–6, 2–6|
|Loss||11.||1983||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||José Higueras||4–6, 2–6|
|Win||7.||1983||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Andrés Gómez||7–5, 3–6, 6–1|
|Loss||12.||1984||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Jimmy Connors||4–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Win||8.||1984||Brisbane, Australia||Hard||Francisco González||3–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||9.||1984||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Vitas Gerulaitis||6–3, 6–1, 7–6|
|Loss||13.||1987||Scottsdale, U.S.||Hard||Brad Gilbert||2–6, 2–6|
|Win||10.||1987||Hong Kong||Hard||John Fitzgerald||6–7(6–8), 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 7–5|
|Loss||14.||1988||Guarujá, Brazil||Hard||Luiz Mattar||3–6, 3–6|
Doubles 14 (4–10)Edit
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- "Missing Sole but Not Heart". Los Angeles Times. August 7, 2003.
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