Frederick V. McNair IV (born July 22, 1950) is an American former professional tennis player who reached the world No. 1 doubles ranking in 1976. That year, he teamed up with Sherwood Stewart to capture the men's doubles titles at French Open, the German Open and the Masters. McNair was also a mixed doubles runner-up at the French Open in 1981, partnering Betty Stöve. In 1978, he was a member of the U.S. team that won the Davis Cup. In nine years on the professional tour, McNair won 16 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was world No. 67.

Fred McNair
Full nameFrederick V. McNair IV
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceMcLean, Virginia
Born (1950-07-22) July 22, 1950 (age 73)
Washington, D.C.
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1973
PlaysRight-handed (one–handed backhand)
Career record70–156
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 79 (October 11, 1976)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (1980)
French Open2R (1974, 1976)
Wimbledon3R (1977, 1978)
US Open3R (1976)
Career record309–218
Career titles16
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1976)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open1R (1980)
French OpenW (1976)
WimbledonQF (1978)
US OpenSF (1975)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1976)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
French OpenF (1981)
Wimbledon3R (1978, 1981)
US OpenQF (1977)
Medal record
Representing  United States
Summer Universiade
Bronze medal – third place 1970 Turin Doubles

History edit

Before turning professional, McNair played tennis for the University of North Carolina, where he was a four-time All-American and an NCAA doubles finalist in 1973.

McNair comes from a tennis playing family. His grandfather, Frederick V. McNair Jr., and father, Fred III, both played in the U.S. Championships (now known as the US Open). Fred III and Fred IV formed a father-son doubles team which won six U.S. national father and son doubles championship titles.

Since retiring from the tennis tour, McNair has become the president of McNair & Company Inc., a family practice founded by his grandfather in 1931 which uses life insurance in estate planning and executive benefits arena. He won the United States Tennis Association 35-over tennis title in 1989 and 40-over title in 1995.

McNair's father Frederick V. McNair III, grandfather Frederick V. McNair Jr., and great-grandfather Frederick V. McNair Sr., all graduated from the United States Naval Academy. His uncle Jamshidi "Jim" Bakhtiar worked as a psychiatrist and he was a fullback/placekicker at the University of Virginia. Jim was selected by the Football Writers Association of America as a first-team back on its 1957 College Football All-America Team.[1][2] His sister Lailee Bakhtiar, née McNair, is a writer and a niece of Laleh Bakhtiar, who was an author and psychologist. The McNair siblings' other aunt was also Lailee. His maternal cousin is journalist Davar Ardalan.[3] McNair is of Iranian descent on his maternal side.

Career finals edit

Doubles (16 titles, 22 runner-ups) edit

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Loss 1. 1973 Merion, Pennsylvania, U.S. Grass   Jeff Austin   Colin Dibley
  Allan Stone
6–7, 3–6
Win 1. 1973 Aptos, California, U.S. Hard   Jeff Austin   Raymond Moore
  Onny Parun
6–2, 6–1
Win 2. 1973 Christchurch, New Zealand Hard   Anand Amritraj   Andrew Jarrett
  Jonathan Smith
Win 3. 1974 Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. Carpet   Raz Reid   Byron Bertram
  John Feaver
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 2. 1974 Merion, Pennsylvania, U.S. Grass   Mike Machette   Roy Barth
  Humphrey Hose
6–7, 2–6
Win 4. 1975 Richmond, Virginia, U.S. Carpet   Hans Kary   Paolo Bertolucci
  Adriano Panatta
7–6, 5–7, 7–6
Win 5. 1975 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Sherwood Stewart   Allan Stone
  Kim Warwick
6–2, 7–6
Win 6. 1975 Maui, Hawaii, U.S. Hard   Sherwood Stewart   Jeff Borowiak
  Haroon Rahim
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Win 7. 1976 Salisbury, Maryland, U.S. Carpet   Sherwood Stewart   Steve Krulevitz
  Trey Waltke
6–3, 6–2
Win 8. 1976 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay   Wojciech Fibak   Juan Gisbert Sr.
  Manuel Orantes
4–6, 7–5, 7–5
Win 9. 1976 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Sherwood Stewart   Dick Crealy
  Kim Warwick
7–6, 7–6, 7–6
Win 10. 1976 French Open, Paris Clay   Sherwood Stewart   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
7–6, 6–3, 6–1
Win 11. 1976 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Sherwood Stewart   Wojciech Fibak
  Juan Gisbert Sr.
6–3, 6–4
Loss 3. 1976 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay   Sherwood Stewart   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
2–6, 2–6
Loss 4. 1976 Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Hard   Sherwood Stewart   William Brown
  Brian Teacher
3–6, 4–6
Win 12. 1976 South Orange, New Jersey, U.S. Clay   Marty Riessen   Vitas Gerulaitis
  Ilie Năstase
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Loss 5. 1976 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i)   Sherwood Stewart   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
2–6, 2–6
Win 13. 1977 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Carpet   Sherwood Stewart   Bob Lutz
  Stan Smith
4–6, 7–6, 7–6
Loss 6. 1977 Rome, Italy Clay   Sherwood Stewart   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
7–6, 6–7, 5–7
Loss 7. 1977 Washington, D.C. Clay   Sherwood Stewart   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
5–7, 5–7
Loss 8. 1977 North Conway, New Hampshire, U.S. Clay   Sherwood Stewart   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
5–7, 3–6
Loss 9. 1977 Montreal, Canada Hard   Sherwood Stewart   Bob Hewitt
  Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 6–3, 2–6
Loss 10. 1977 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Sherwood Stewart   Marty Riessen
  Dick Stockton
4–6, 6–1, 4–6
Loss 11. 1977 Cologne, Germany Carpet   Sherwood Stewart   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
3–6, 5–7
Win 14. 1977 Oviedo, Spain Hard   Sherwood Stewart   Jan Kodeš
  Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–1
Win 15. 1978 Baltimore WCT, U.S. Carpet   Frew McMillan   Roger Taylor
  Antonio Zugarelli
6–3, 7–5
Loss 12. 1978 Denver, Colorado, U.S. Carpet   Sherwood Stewart   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
3–6, 2–6
Win 16. 1978 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet   Raúl Ramírez   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
6–2, 6–3
Loss 13. 1978 London Queen's Club, U.K. Grass   Raúl Ramírez   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
2–6, 5–7
Loss 14. 1978 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay   Sherwood Stewart   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
6–7, 6–7
Loss 15. 1978 Washington, D.C. Clay   Raúl Ramírez   Bob Hewitt
  Arthur Ashe
3–6, 4–6
Loss 16. 1978 Los Angeles, U.S. Carpet   Raúl Ramírez   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
3–6, 6–7
Loss 17. 1978 Mexico City, Mexico Clay   Raúl Ramírez   Anand Amritraj
  Vijay Amritraj
4–6, 5–7
Loss 18. 1979 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Hard   Francisco González   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
3–6, 4–6
Loss 19. 1980 Dayton, Ohio, U.S. Carpet   Fritz Buehning   Wojciech Fibak
  Geoff Masters
4–6, 4–6
Loss 20. 1981 Houston, Texas, U.S. Clay   Anand Amritraj   Mark Edmondson
  Sherwood Stewart
4–6, 3–6
Loss 21. 1981 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Sammy Giammalva Jr.   Steve Denton
  Tim Wilkison
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 22. 1982 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet   Tim Wilkison   Larry Stefanki
  Robert Van't Hof
3–6, 6–7

References edit

  1. ^ Theodoulou, Michael (June 6, 2008). "US-Iran disputes cannot move Helen's mountain". The National. p. 15.
  2. ^ Ted Gangi; Josh Yonis (eds.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2019. Retrieved November 28, 2021.
  3. ^ Ardalan, Iran Davar (2010). My Name Is Iran: A Memoir. Henry Holt and Company. p. 235. ISBN 9781429923736.

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