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. At Wimbledon in 1995, he defaulted a match after a dispute with the umpire, and his wife assaulted the umpire once Tarango had left the court.
|Full name||Jeffrey Gail Tarango|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Manhattan Beach, CA, United States|
|Born||November 20, 1968|
Manhattan Beach, CA, United States
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 42 (November 2, 1992)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1997, 1999)|
|French Open||3R (1993, 1996)|
|US Open||3R (1989, 1996, 1997)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2000)|
|Highest ranking||No. 10 (October 18, 1999)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1996, 2001, 2002)|
|French Open||F (1999)|
|Wimbledon||3R (1997, 2001)|
|US Open||3R (1996, 1997, 2000)|
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. 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. To add to the controversy, Tarango's wife at the time then slapped Rebeuh twice in the face.
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. Coincidentally, Hall was also a ball girl in Tarango's match against Mronz.
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. 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. 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.
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).
Record in detailEdit
Doubles titles (14)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partnering||Opponents in the final||Score|
|1.||May 1, 1995||Seoul, South Korea||Hard||Sébastien Lareau|| Joshua Eagle
|2.||July 24, 1995||Washington D.C., United States||Hard||Olivier Delaître|| Petr Korda
|1–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|3.||September 18, 1995||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Mark Keil|| Cyril Suk
|4.||July 15, 1996||Bastad, Sweden||Clay||David Ekerot|| Joshua Eagle
|6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|5.||September 16, 1996||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||David Ekerot|| David Adams
|6.||November 16, 1998||Moscow, Russia||Carpet (I)||Jared Palmer|| Yevgeny Kafelnikov
|6–4, 6–7, 6–2|
|7.||January 18, 1999||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Daniel Vacek|| Jiří Novák
|8.||February 15, 1999||St. Petersburg, Russia||Carpet (I)||Daniel Vacek|| Menno Oosting
|3–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|9.||April 19, 1999||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Daniel Vacek|| Wayne Black
|10.||July 12, 1999||Bastad, Sweden||Clay||David Adams|| Nicklas Kulti
|11.||September 20, 1999||Bournemouth, England||Clay||David Adams|| Michael Kohlmann
|6–3, 6–7(5-7), 7–6(7-5)|
|12.||October 4, 1999||Toulouse, France||Hard (I)||Olivier Delaître|| David Adams
John-Laffnie de Jager
|6–3, 7–6(7-2), 6–4|
|13.||November 20, 2000||Brighton, England||Hard (I)||Michael Hill|| Paul Goldstein
|14.||April 16, 2001||Casablanca, Morocco||Clay||Michael Hill|| Pablo Albano
Doubles finalist (12)Edit
- ATPWorldTour player profile
- Cart, Julie. "Wimbledon Takes a Slap in the Face : Tennis: Tarango becomes first to walk off court, then accuses umpire of favoritism," Los Angeles Times, Sunday, July 2, 1995.
- The Advertiser: Sport's most embarrassing moments- no. 15. A wag and a slapper
- Wilson, Stephen. "Fans Were Treated to the Longest Women's Match in Grand Slam History," The Associated Press, Thursday, June 29, 1995.
- Game, Set, DEFAULT? Ten Tennis DQs To Remember, thetennisisland.com