MaliVai "Mal" Washington (// mal-i-VEE-ə) (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.
Washington at the US Open, 2010
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida|
|Born||June 20, 1969|
Glen Cove, New York
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 11 (October 26, 1992)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1994)|
|French Open||4R (1993)|
|US Open||4R (1992)|
|Grand Slam Cup||QF (1996)|
|Olympic Games||QF (1996)|
|Highest ranking||No. 172 (April 20, 1992)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||2R (1991)|
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.
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.
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.
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. He lost the final in three straight sets to Richard Krajicek.
Washington reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 11 on October 26, 1992.
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).
Grand Slam singles finalEdit
|Runner-up||1996||Wimbledon||Grass||Richard Krajicek||3–6, 4–6, 3–6|
ATP Tour finalsEdit
Singles (4 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit
|Grand Slam (0)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0)|
|ATP Masters Series (0)|
|ATP Championship Series (1)|
|ATP Tour (3)|
|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
|Runner-up||1.||1995||Bogota, Colombia||Clay||Steve Campbell|| Jiri Novak
|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|
|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|
* Washington withdrew prior to his second-round match at the 1998 Australian Open
- "A Long Way From Durkeeville to Wimbledon". bigten.org. CBS Interactive. February 23, 2007.
- "Former champions". www.mensclaycourt.com. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.
- John Barrett, ed. (1997). ITF World of Tennis 1997. London: CollinsWillow. pp. 303–304. ISBN 9780002187145.
- Jennifer Frey (July 7, 1996). "Heir to King Arthur's court". The Washington Post.
- Robin Finn (July 7, 1996). "Tennis;Washington Shocks Wimbledon". The New York Times.
- "Krajicek wins strangest of Wimbledons". The Fort Scott Tribune. AP. July 8, 1996. p. 8.
- "MaliVai Washington honored as 2009 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year". The Florida Times Union. March 27, 2010.
- "MaliVai Washington Receives NJTL Founders' Service Award". Arthur Ashe Learning Center. April 21, 2015.