Neville Godwin

Neville Godwin (born 31 January 1975) is a former tennis player from South Africa.

Neville Godwin
Country (sports) South Africa
ResidenceJohannesburg, South Africa
Born (1975-01-31) 31 January 1975 (age 45)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1994
Career record36–56
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 90 (31 March 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1997)
French Open1R (1997)
Wimbledon4R (1996)
US Open2R (1996)
Career record64–74
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 57 (21 August 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1998)
French OpenQF (2000)
Wimbledon3R (2002)
US Open3R (1999)

Godwin turned professional in 1994. The right-hander won one singles title (2001 Newport) in his career, and reached his highest individual ranking on the ATP Tour in March 1997, when he became World No. 90.

His highest world ranking for doubles was World No. 57.

At the 1996 Wimbledon tournament, Godwin had his best finish at a Grand Slam, when he reached the fourth round as a qualifier, defeating Cristiano Caratti, compatriot Grant Stafford and Boris Becker before losing to Alex Rădulescu.

He finished his career in 2003.

He now lives in his hometown of Johannesburg with his wife, Nicky and two sons, Oliver and James. He coached performance players out of the Wanderers Club for 5 years, before coaching South African player Kevin Anderson to a world top 10 ranking and a US Open final appearance in 2017. In 2017, he won ATP Coach of the Year award. On 12 November 2017 it was announced Godwin and Anderson had split. He came into limelight again during the Australian Open 2018 when Hyeon Chung, who was being coached by Godwin became the first player from South Korea to reach the semifinals of a grand slam.

Career finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 1998 Newport, United States Grass   Leander Paes 3–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2001 Newport, United States (2) Grass   Martin Lee 6–1, 6–4

Doubles (3 runners-up)Edit

Outcome W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 1997 Washington, U.S. Clay   Fernon Wibier   Luke Jensen
  Murphy Jensen
4–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Apr 1998 Hong Kong, Hong Kong Hard   Tuomas Ketola   Byron Black
  Alex O'Brien
5–7, 1–6
Loss 0–3 Apr 1999 Chennai, India Hard   Wayne Black   Leander Paes
  Mahesh Bhupathi
6–4, 5–7, 4–6

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  Magnus Norman
ATP Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
  Marián Vajda