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Jeffrey Gail ("Jeff") Tarango (born November 20, 1968) is a retired American professional tennis player. He was a Top 10 doubles player and a runner-up at the 1999 French Open Men's Doubles tournament. He is now the Director of Tennis at the Jack Kramer Club, which is just south of Los Angeles, and he is the Tournament Director of a $30,000 public tennis tournament called The California Tennis Championships and Andras Cruz-Aedo is his Assistant Tournament Director. In 2018, ATP World Ranked No. 11 Sam Querrey beat Davis Cup Captain Mardy Fish to win this event. He now resides in Manhattan Beach, California with his wife and kids.

Jeff Tarango
Full nameJeffrey Gail Tarango
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceManhattan Beach, CA, United States
Born (1968-11-20) November 20, 1968 (age 50)
Manhattan Beach, CA, United States
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro1989
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,730,289
Career record239–294
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 42 (November 2, 1992)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1997, 1999)
French Open3R (1993, 1996)
Wimbledon3R (1995)
US Open3R (1989, 1996, 1997)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2000)
Career record253–247
Career titles14
Highest rankingNo. 10 (October 18, 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1996, 2001, 2002)
French OpenF (1999)
Wimbledon3R (1997, 2001)
US Open3R (1996, 1997, 2000)


Pro tourEdit

Tarango turned professional in 1989, after completing his junior year at Stanford University, where he won two NCAA team titles. During his career, he won 2 top-level professional singles titles and 14 doubles titles. Tarango reached two Super 9 quarterfinals: Rome in 1995 and Miami in 1998. His career-high world rankings were No. 42 in singles and No. 10 in doubles.[1] He was runner-up in the men's doubles at the 1999 French Open (partnering with Goran Ivanišević).

Wimbledon 1995 defaultEdit

In the third round trailing 6–7(6–8) 1–3 to Alexander Mronz, Tarango became infuriated with French umpire Bruno Rebeuh, who had ruled against Tarango several times. During the match, when preparing to serve, the crowd heckled Tarango and he responded "Oh, shut up!" Rebeuh immediately issued a code violation to Tarango on the grounds of audible obscenity. Tarango protested this and called for the tournament referee calling for Rebeuh to be removed. No relief was given to Tarango and he was instructed to continue to play. He then accused Rebeuh of being "one of the most corrupt officials in the game" – to this Rebeuh gave Tarango another code violation, this time for unsportsmanlike conduct. Tarango took umbrage, packed up his rackets and stormed off the court.[2] To add to the controversy, Tarango's wife at the time then slapped Rebeuh twice in the face.[3]

Tarango was eventually banned by the ITF from the 1996 Wimbledon tournament.

Tarango was also the beneficiary of a default in the men's doubles tournament earlier at the same championship. He and partner Henrik Holm were at two sets to one down against the team of Jeremy Bates and Tim Henman when Henman angrily smashed a ball which inadvertently hit ball girl Caroline Hall, resulting in their disqualification.[4] Coincidentally, Hall was also a ball girl in Tarango's match against Mronz.[5]

After retirementEdit

Tarango retired from the main tour in 2003 and now devotes his time to coaching, broadcasting for BBC, ESPN, Tennis Channel, Fox Sports and DirecTV. He also hosts a charity event in La Jolla for the Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. Tarango is currently the Vice Chair for the AAC on the USOC (Governance Committee). He has been a member of the Davis Cup Committee for 6 years within the USTA. He still makes occasional appearances at professional events, including the 2008 USA F21 Futures event in Milwaukee.[6] He also commentates for BBC Radio and in particular for their extended coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. During his broadcasting career, Tarango has earned a reputation for having a good eye for potential Hawk-Eye overrules.

In his 2009 autobiography, Open, Andre Agassi claims that Tarango cheated in a juniors tournament to hand the eight-year-old Agassi his first-ever competitive loss.[7] To which, Tarango says they had a Chair Umpire and Agassi is lying throughout the book "just to make money". Tarango has coached many players such as Younes El Aynaoui, Andriy Medvedev, Maria Sharapova, Vince Spadea, Mirjana Lucic, Irakli Labadze, JC Aragone and many others.

After professional tennis, Tarango worked for the AON Corporation with Theodore Forstmann, Andy Roddick, and many other society notables.

Tarango currently consults and does speaking engagements for inspired groups.

Tarango is currently married to Jessica Balgrosky and they have five children (Nina Rose, Katherine, Jackson, Ace, and Jesse).

Career finalsEdit

Doubles titles (14)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. May 1995 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Sébastien Lareau   Joshua Eagle
  Andrew Florent
6–3, 6–2
Win 2. Jul 1995 Washington D.C., United States Hard   Olivier Delaître   Petr Korda
  Cyril Suk
1–6, 6–3, 6–2
Win 3. Sep 1995 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Mark Keil   Cyril Suk
  Daniel Vacek
6–4, 7–6
Win 4. Jul 1996 Bastad, Sweden Clay   David Ekerot   Joshua Eagle
  Peter Nyborg
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Win 5. Sep 1996 Bucharest, Romania Clay   David Ekerot   David Adams
  Menno Oosting
7–6, 7–6
Win 6. Nov 1998 Moscow, Russia Carpet (I)   Jared Palmer   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  Daniel Vacek
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
Win 7. Jan 1999 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Daniel Vacek   Jiří Novák
  David Rikl
7–5, 7–5
Win 8. Feb 1999 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (I)   Daniel Vacek   Menno Oosting
  Andrei Pavel
3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Win 9. Apr 1999 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Daniel Vacek   Wayne Black
  Brian MacPhie
4–3, RET.
Win 10. Jul 1999 Bastad, Sweden Clay   David Adams   Nicklas Kulti
  Mikael Tillström
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Win 11. Sep 1999 Bournemouth, England Clay   David Adams   Michael Kohlmann
  Nicklas Kulti
6–3, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5)
Win 12. Oct 1999 Toulouse, France Hard (I)   Olivier Delaître   David Adams
  John-Laffnie de Jager
6–3, 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Win 13. Nov 2000 Brighton, England Hard (I)   Michael Hill   Paul Goldstein
  Jim Thomas
6–3, 7–5
Win 14. Apr 2001 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Michael Hill   Pablo Albano
  David Macpherson
7–6(7–2), 6–3

Doubles finalist (12)Edit


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