Jim Gurfein (born January 4, 1961) is a former professional tennis player from the U.S.[1] Gurfein reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 96 in September 1983.

Jim Gurfein
Country (sports) USA
Born (1961-01-04) January 4, 1961 (age 60)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Career record39–64
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 96 (September 12, 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1981, 1983)
French Open2R (1983)
Wimbledon1R (1984)
US Open1R (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987)
Career record34–52
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 100 (June 25, 1984)

Early yearsEdit

Gurfein was born in New York, New York, and is Jewish.[2] Gurfein grew up in Great Neck, New York. He attended Great Neck North High School and Stanford University. While on tour, Gurfein kept a residence in Atlanta, Georgia.[3]

Tennis careerEdit

Gurfein was runner-up of the 1981 NCAA singles tennis championship, falling to Stanford University teammate Tim Mayotte, and was an All American that year with teammates Mayotte, Scott Bondurant, and Scott Davis.[4][5] He was a member of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team in 1981.[4]

In 1982, he won a doubles title in Cairo with Drew Gitlin.[1][6] In July 1983, the 22-year-old Gurfein defeated world #22 Henri Leconte of France in a tournament in North Conway, New Hampshire, and upset world #34 Christophe Roger-Vasselin in the Swedish Open in Båstad, Sweden.[6][7]

Gurfein reached a career-high singles ranking of #96 in September 1983.[4] He won one doubles title and reached his high doubles ranking of #100 in June 1984.[8][9]

In 1984, he won the USTA Hawaiian Satellite tournament.[4] In 1988, he defeated world #31 Michiel Schapers of the Netherlands in straight sets in a tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida and was a doubles winner in Seattle with Buff Farrow).[4][6]

Career finalsEdit

Singles (1 loss)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 1982 Bangkok, Thailand Carpet (i)   Mike Bauer 1–6, 2–6

Doubles (1 win, 3 losses)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 1981 Bordeaux, France Clay   Anders Järryd   Andrés Gómez
  Belus Prajoux
5–7, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Nov 1981 Manila, Philippines Clay   Drew Gitlin   Mike Bauer
  John Benson
4–6, 4–6
Win 1–2 Feb 1982 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Drew Gitlin   Heinz Günthardt
  Markus Günthardt
6–4, 7–5
Loss 0–3 Oct 1983 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Erick Iskersky   Anders Järryd
  Hans Simonsson
5–7, 3–6

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Jim GURFEIN". itftennis.com. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  2. ^ Sheldon Wallman (March 12, 1982). "The Sports Scene". Jewish Post.
  3. ^ "Jim Gurfein Profile". ATP ChampionsTour. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Jim Gurfein | Bio | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  5. ^ "All-Americans". Stanford University Athletics.
  6. ^ a b c "Jim Gurfein | Player Activity | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  7. ^ "Unseeded Americans Jim Gurfein and Scott Lipy n upset..." UPI. July 13, 1983.
  8. ^ "Jim Gurfein | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  9. ^ "Jim Gurfein ATP Match Results, Splits, and Analysis". Tennis Abstract. Retrieved February 7, 2018.

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