Luiz Mattar

Luiz Mattar (born August 18, 1963) is a former professional tennis player from Brazil.

Luiz Mattar
Country (sports) Brazil
ResidenceSão Paulo, Brazil
Born (1963-08-18) August 18, 1963 (age 57)
São Paulo, Brazil
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1985
Retired1995
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,484,394
Singles
Career record191–178
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 29 (May 1, 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1991, 1993)
French Open3R (1986)
Wimbledon2R (1991)
US Open3R (1990, 1991)
Doubles
Career record104–111
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 55 (January 7, 1991)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (1992)

He played on the professional tour from 1985–1995, during which time he won seven top-level singles titles and five tour doubles titles. Mattar's career-high rankings were World No. 29 in singles (in 1989) and World No. 55 in doubles (in 1991). His career prize money totalled $1,493,136.

With seven ATP singles titles in tournaments of the Association of Professional Tennis Players, he is the second Brazilian tennis player, after Gustavo Kuerten, with more ATP titles in his career. He also lead the Brazilian Davis Cup team to their best result in history back in 1992 defeating Germany and Italy and reaching the semi-final of the World Group in the 1992 Davis Cup. This feat has only been matched by Gustavo Kuerten who lead the Brazilian team again to the semi-final in 2000.

He started his professional career only at the age of 22, unlike most tennis players who started their careers at 18 or earlier, after dropping out in his last year of engineering at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo.[1]

He was trained by Paulo Cleto from the beginning to the end of his career. He even said that he couldn't see himself training with another coach. He is considered by several sports analysts, tennis critics and former tennis players as one of the ten greatest Brazilian tennis players of the Open Era.[2]

Mattar is the son of textile businessman Fuad Mattar and is of Lebanese descent.[3] After retiring from tennis he became an entrepreneur and is the founder of TIVIT, one of Brazil's largest information technology service providers.[1]

Career finalsEdit

Singles (7 wins, 4 losses)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (7)
Titles by surface
Hard (4)
Grass (0)
Clay (1)
Carpet (2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jan 1987 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Cássio Motta 6–3, 5–7, 6–2
Loss 1–1 Nov 1987 São Paulo, Brazil Hard   Jaime Yzaga 2–6, 6–4, 2–6
Loss 1–2 Nov 1987 Itaparica, Brazil Hard   Andre Agassi 6–7, 2–6
Win 2–2 Jan 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Eliot Teltscher 6–3, 6–3
Win 3–2 Feb 1989 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Jimmy Brown 7–6, 6–4
Win 4–2 Apr 1989 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Carpet   Martín Jaite 6–4, 5–7, 6–4
Loss 4–3 Feb 1990 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Martín Jaite 6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Win 5–3 Apr 1990 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Carpet   Andrew Sznajder 6–4, 6–4
Win 6–3 Nov 1992 São Paulo, Brazil Hard   Jaime Oncins 6–1, 6–4
Loss 6–4 Feb 1994 Scottsdale, USA Hard   Andre Agassi 4–6, 3–6
Win 7–4 May 1994 Coral Springs, USA Clay   Jamie Morgan 6–4, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles (5 wins, 6 losses)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (4)
Titles by surface
Hard (2)
Grass (0)
Clay (3)
Carpet (0)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 1987 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Cássio Motta   Martin Hipp
  Tore Meinecke
7–6, 6–1
Win 2–0 Sep 1987 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Ricardo Acioly   Mansour Bahrami
  Diego Pérez
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 2–1 Feb 1990 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Cássio Motta   Javier Frana
  Gustavo Luza
6–7, 6–7
Loss 2–2 Jun 1990 Florence, Italy Clay   Diego Pérez   Sergi Bruguera
  Horacio de la Peña
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 2–3 Oct 1990 São Paulo, Brazil Carpet   Mark Koevermans   Shelby Cannon
  Alfonso Mora
7–6, 3–6, 6–7
Win 3–3 Dec 1990 Wellington, New Zealand Hard   Nicolás Pereira   John Letts
  Jaime Oncins
4–6, 7–6, 6–2
Loss 3–4 Apr 1991 Madrid, Spain Clay   Jaime Oncins   Gustavo Luza
  Cássio Motta
0–6, 5–7
Loss 3–5 May 1991 Bologna, Italy Clay   Jaime Oncins   Luke Jensen
  Laurie Warder
4–6, 6–7
Loss 3–6 Apr 1992 Tampa, USA Clay   Andrei Olhovskiy   Mike Briggs
  Trevor Kronemann
6–7, 7–6, 4–6
Win 4–6 Jun 1992 Florence, Italy Clay   Marcelo Filippini   Royce Deppe
  Brent Haygarth
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
Win 5–6 Oct 1994 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay   Marcelo Filippini   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
7–6, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "From an Olympic athlete to a R $ 2.5 billion business owner: the story of Luiz Mattar". revistapegn.globo.com.
  2. ^ "Os dez maiores tenistas brasileiros da Era Aberta". Esporte Final.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "A dream at 81". istoedinheiro.com.br. 2006.

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