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MaliVai "Mal" Washington (/mælɪˈvə/ mal-i-VEE)[citation needed] (born June 20, 1969) is an American former professional tennis player. He reached the men's singles final at Wimbledon in 1996, won four ATP titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 11 in October 1992.

MaliVai Washington
MaliVai Washington at the 2010 US Open 01.jpg
Washington at the US Open, 2010
Country (sports) United States
ResidencePonte Vedra Beach, Florida
Born (1969-06-20) June 20, 1969 (age 50)
Glen Cove, New York
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro1989
Retired1999
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,232,565
Singles
Career record254–184
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 11 (October 26, 1992)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1994)
French Open4R (1993)
WimbledonF (1996)
US Open4R (1992)
Other tournaments
Grand Slam CupQF (1996)
Olympic GamesQF (1996)
Doubles
Career record27–44
Highest rankingNo. 172 (April 20, 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open2R (1991)

FamilyEdit

Washington's younger sister, Mashona, is also an accomplished professional tennis player. She was a member of the 1992 U.S. National Team.[clarification needed] His younger brother, Mashiska, received All-America honors at Michigan State University, before joining the men's professional tour. MaliVai's older sister Michaela also played professionally.[1]

Amateur tennisEdit

As a high school senior, at Carman – Ainsworth High School in Flint Township, Washington was coached by former ATP Tour participant Victor Amaya. For two seasons, Washington played tennis for the University of Michigan and was the top ranked college player in the United States at the end of his sophomore season.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Washington turned professional in 1989 and won his first ATP singles title at the 1992 indoor tournament in Memphis after defeating seventh-seeded Wayne Ferreira in the final in straight sets. He followed up with a second singles title in May that year at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina, winning the final against Claudio Mezzadri.[2][3]

Washington made his debut at a Grand Slam event at the 1989 US Open where he reached the second round. He reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 1994 Australian Open after a win over second-seeded Michael Stich in the first round and a five-set victory against Mats Wilander in the fourth round. In the quarterfinal he lost to ninth-seeded Todd Martin in straight sets. Washington's biggest success at a Grand Slam event came in 1996 when he was a runner-up at the Wimbledon Championships. On his way to the final he defeated ninth-seeded Thomas Enqvist in the second round, and came back from a 1–5 deficit in the fifth set of the semifinal to beat Todd Martin.[4][5] He lost the final in three straight sets to Richard Krajicek.[3][6]

He was twice runner-up in ATP Masters Series events:- 1993 Miami Masters (losing to Pete Sampras) and 1995 Essen Masters (losing to Thomas Muster).

Washington reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 11 on October 26, 1992.

AwardsEdit

In 2009 Washington won the ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award, for his positive work through the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation.[7]

In 2015 Washington won the NJTL Founders' Service Award (The USTA's National Junior Tennis League), for his continued contribution since retirement to support education and tennis among children and young people (particularly those underprivileged).[8]

Grand Slam singles finalEdit

Runner-up (1)Edit

Outcome Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1996 Wimbledon Grass   Richard Krajicek 3–6, 4–6, 3–6

ATP Tour finalsEdit

Singles (4 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Championship Series (1)
ATP Tour (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. January 6, 1992 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Jaime Yzaga 6–7(6–8), 4–6
Winner 1. February 10, 1992 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i)   Wayne Ferreira 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. April 13, 1992 Tampa, U.S. Clay   Jaime Yzaga 6–3, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 2. May 4, 1992 Charlotte, U.S. Clay   Claudio Mezzadri 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 3. June 15, 1992 Manchester, U.K. Grass   Jacco Eltingh 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. August 17, 1992 New Haven, U.S. Hard   Stefan Edberg 6–7(4–7), 1–6
Runner-up 5. January 11, 1993 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Alexander Volkov 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Runner-up 6. March 12, 1993 Miami, U.S. Hard   Pete Sampras 3–6, 2–6
Winner 3. October 10, 1994 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet (i)   Arnaud Boetsch 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 7. October 9, 1995 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet (i)   Wayne Ferreira 6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. October 23, 1995 Essen, Germany Carpet (i)   Thomas Muster 6–7(6–8), 6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 4. April 15, 1996 Bermuda Clay   Marcelo Filippini 6–7(6–8), 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 9. July 7, 1996 Wimbledon, U.K. Grass   Richard Krajicek 3–6, 4–6, 3–6

Doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1995 Bogota, Colombia Clay   Steve Campbell   Jiri Novak
  David Rikl
6–7, 2–6

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Singles

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 3R 4R QF 1R 4R 4R 2R* A 0 / 8 16–7
French Open A A 1R 1R 2R 4R 1R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 7 5–7
Wimbledon A A 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R F A A A 0 / 7 9–7
US Open A 2R 2R 3R 4R 3R 2R 1R 2R A 1R A 0 / 9 11–9
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 31 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 1–1 2–3 3–4 6–4 9–4 5–4 1–4 10–4 3–1 1–1 0–0 N/A 41–30
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A 3R 1R 1R A A 2R A 0 / 5 5–5
Miami A A A 1R 2R F 2R 4R 3R A 2R A 0 / 7 10–7
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A A A 1R A 3R 2R A A A 0 / 3 3–3
Hamburg A A A A A A A 2R 2R A A A 0 / 2 2–2
Montreal/Toronto A A 1R 2R SF 2R QF QF 3R A 3R A 0 / 8 13–8
Cincinnati A A A 3R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R A A 1R 0 / 7 6–6
Stockholm/Essen/Stuttgart A A A A 2R SF 1R F 2R A A A 0 / 5 9–5
Paris A A A 2R 2R 2R A 2R 3R A A A 0 / 5 4–5
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 5 0 / 7 0 / 5 0 / 8 0 / 8 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 42 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 4–4 3–5 13–7 7–5 15–8 6–7 0–0 4–3 0–1 N/A 52–41
Year-end ranking 329 199 93 50 13 23 30 26 20 258 178 1115 N/A

* Washington withdrew prior to his second-round match at the 1998 Australian Open

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "A Long Way From Durkeeville to Wimbledon". bigten.org. CBS Interactive. February 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "Former champions". www.mensclaycourt.com. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.
  3. ^ a b John Barrett, ed. (1997). ITF World of Tennis 1997. London: CollinsWillow. pp. 303–304. ISBN 9780002187145.
  4. ^ Jennifer Frey (July 7, 1996). "Heir to King Arthur's court". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Robin Finn (July 7, 1996). "Tennis;Washington Shocks Wimbledon". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Krajicek wins strangest of Wimbledons". The Fort Scott Tribune. AP. July 8, 1996. p. 8.
  7. ^ "MaliVai Washington honored as 2009 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year". The Florida Times Union. March 27, 2010.
  8. ^ "MaliVai Washington Receives NJTL Founders' Service Award". Arthur Ashe Learning Center. April 21, 2015.

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