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Peter Blair Fleming (born January 21, 1955 in Chatham Borough, New Jersey) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. In his doubles partnership with John McEnroe, he won 52 titles, of which seven were at Grand Slams (four at Wimbledon, three at the US Open). As a singles player, he peaked at World No. 8, winning three titles (including the 1979 Cincinnati Open).

Peter Fleming
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Fleming and Guy Forget, Wimbledon 2010
Full namePeter Blair Fleming
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceGlen Cove, New York, US
Born (1955-01-21) January 21, 1955 (age 64)
Chatham Borough, New Jersey, US
Height6 ft 5 (1.96 m)
Turned pro1976
Retired1988
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,986,799
Singles
Career record222–210 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT & Grand Slam level & Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 8 (July 7, 1980)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1983)
French Open2R (1977, 1980)
WimbledonQF (1980)
US Open3R (1978)
Doubles
Career record507–177 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT & Grand Slam level & Davis Cup)
Career titles60
Highest rankingNo. 1 (June 11, 1984)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1983)
French OpenSF (1987)
WimbledonW (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984)
US OpenW (1979, 1981, 1983)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Mixed doubles
Career record6–5
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (1987)
US OpenF (1986)

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Tennis careerEdit

Fleming attended Chatham High School, where he won the New Jersey high school individual championship in 1972, during his junior year.[1]

During the 1980s, Fleming teamed up with fellow American John McEnroe to dominate the men's doubles game. The duo won 50 doubles titles together, including four at Wimbledon (1979, 1981, 1983 and 1984), and three at the US Open (1979, 1981 and 1983). Fleming once said that "The best doubles pair in the world is John McEnroe and anyone".[2]

Fleming also played on three American Davis Cup winning teams (1979, 1981 and 1982), and helped the US win the World Team Cup twice (1984 and 1985). Fleming reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1984. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 8 in 1980, the year in which he reached the quarter-finals at the Wimbledon championships. Over the course of his career Fleming won three top-level singles titles and sixty doubles titles. Prior to turning professional, Fleming played tennis for the University of California, Los Angeles (after transferring from the University of Michigan), and won the National Collegiate Athletic Association doubles title in 1976.

Since retiring as a player, Fleming has become a tennis commentator for Sky Sports, Eurosport and the BBC.

Fleming is a keen golfer (handicap 10) and is an active member of The Stage Golf Society.

He was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame.[3] On July 30, 2011, Fleming, the Farmers Classic 1979 singles and 1983 doubles champion, was named 2011 Farmers Classic Tournament Honoree.[4]

WCT, Grand Prix, and Grand Slam doubles finalsEdit

Wins (60)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1976 La Costa, U.S. Hard   Gene Mayer   Marty Riessen
  Roscoe Tanner
6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 2. 1977 Columbus, U.S. Clay   Gene Mayer   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
6–4, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 1977 Laguna Niguel, U.S. Hard   Trey Waltke   James Chico Hagey
  Billy Martin
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 1977 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard   Raymond Moore   Marty Riessen
  Roscoe Tanner
6–7, 6–7
Winner 1. 1978 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay   Tomáš Šmíd   Jaime Fillol
  Ilie Năstase
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 1978 Wimbledon, London Grass   John McEnroe   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
1–6, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1978 South Orange, U.S. Clay   John McEnroe   Ion Ţiriac
  Guillermo Vilas
6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. 1978 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1978 Maui, U.S. Hard   John McEnroe   Tim Gullikson
  Tom Gullikson
6–7, 6–7
Winner 4. 1978 Cologne, Germany Hard (i)   John McEnroe   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. 1978 Bologna, Italy Carpet   John McEnroe   Jean-Louis Haillet
  Antonio Zugarelli
6–1, 6–4
Winner 6. 1978 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Raymond Moore   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
6–3, 7–6
Winner 7. 1979 World Doubles WCT, London Carpet   John McEnroe   Ilie Năstase
  Sherwood Stewart
3–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 7. 1979 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Wojtek Fibak
  Tom Okker
7–5, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 1979 New Orleans, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
6–1, 6–3
Winner 9. 1979 Milan, Italy Carpet   John McEnroe   José Luis Clerc
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 6–3
Winner 10. 1979 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet   John McEnroe   Heinz Günthardt
  Bernard Mitton
6–4, 6–4
Winner 11. 1979 San Jose, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Hank Pfister
  Brad Rowe
6–3, 6–4
Winner 12. 1979 Rome, Italy Carpet   Tomáš Šmíd   José Luis Clerc
  Ilie Năstase
4–6, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 13. 1979 Wimbledon, London Grass   John McEnroe   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 14. 1979 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay   John McEnroe   Gene Mayer
  Sandy Mayer
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 15. 1979 South Orange, U.S. Clay   John McEnroe   Fritz Buehning
  Bruce Nichols
6–1, 6–3
Winner 16. 1979 Toronto, Canada Hard   John McEnroe   Heinz Günthardt
  Bob Hewitt
6–7, 7–6, 6–1
Winner 17. 1979 US Open, New York City Hard   John McEnroe   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
6–2, 6–4
Winner 18. 1979 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Wojtek Fibak
  Frew McMillan
6–1, 6–4
Winner 19. 1979 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   John McEnroe   Wojtek Fibak
  Tom Okker
6–4, 6–4
Winner 20. 1979 Wembley, England Carpet   John McEnroe   Tomáš Šmíd
  Stan Smith
6–2, 6–3
Winner 21. 1979 Bologna, Italy Carpet   John McEnroe   Fritz Buehning
  Ferdi Taygan
6–1, 6–1
Winner 22. 1980 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–6
Winner 23. 1980 Milan, Italy Carpet   John McEnroe   Andrew Pattison
  Butch Walts
6–2, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 24. 1980 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay   John McEnroe   Peter McNamara
  Paul McNamee
6–2, 5–7, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 1980 Columbus, U.S. Hard   Eliot Teltscher   Brian Gottfried
  Sandy Mayer
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 1980 US Open, New York Hard   John McEnroe   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
6–7, 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 25. 1980 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Gene Mayer
  Sandy Mayer
6–1, 6–4
Winner 26. 1980 Maui, U.S. Hard   John McEnroe   Victor Amaya
  Hank Pfister
7–6, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 27. 1980 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   John McEnroe   Tim Gullikson
  Johan Kriek
4–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 28. 1980 Hong Kong Hard   Ferdi Taygan   Bruce Manson
  Brian Teacher
7–5, 6–2
Winner 29. 1980 Wembley, England Carpet   John McEnroe   Bill Scanlon
  Eliot Teltscher
7–5, 6–3
Winner 30. 1981 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   John McEnroe   Tracy Delatte
  Trey Waltke
6–3, 7–6
Winner 31. 1981 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay   John McEnroe   John Fitzgerald
  Andy Kohlberg
6–4, 6–4
Winner 32. 1981 Wimbledon, London Grass   John McEnroe   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 1981 Montreal, Canada Hard   John McEnroe   Raúl Ramírez
  Ferdi Taygan
6–2, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 33. 1981 Atlanta, U.S. Hard   Fritz Buehning   Sammy Giammalva Jr.
  Tony Giammalva
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 34. 1981 US Open, New York Hard   John McEnroe   Heinz Günthardt
  Peter McNamara
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Winner 35. 1981 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Mark Edmondson
  Sherwood Stewart
7–6, 6–4
Winner 36. 1981 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   John McEnroe   Sherwood Stewart
  Ferdi Taygan
6–7, 7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 11. 1981 Wembley, England Carpet   John McEnroe   Sherwood Stewart
  Ferdi Taygan
5–7, 7–6, 4–6
Winner 37. 1982 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Sherwood Stewart
  Ferdi Taygan
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 1982 Memphis, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Kevin Curren
  Steve Denton
6–7, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 1982 Wimbledon, London Grass   John McEnroe   Paul McNamee
  Peter McNamara
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 1982 Toronto, Canada Hard   John McEnroe   Steve Denton
  Mark Edmondson
7–6, 5–7, 2–6
Winner 38. 1982 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard   John McEnroe   Steve Denton
  Mark Edmondson
6–2, 6–3
Winner 39. 1982 Wembley, England Carpet   John McEnroe   Heinz Günthardt
  Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 1983 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Kevin Curren
  Steve Denton
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 16. 1983 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i)   Pavel Složil   Fritz Buehning
  Tom Gullikson
6–7, 6–4, 6–7
Runner-up 17. 1983 Milan, Italy Carpet   Fritz Buehning   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
2–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 40. 1983 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   John McEnroe   Sandy Mayer
  Ferdi Taygan
6–1, 6–2
Winner 41. 1983 Wimbledon, London Grass   John McEnroe   Tim Gullikson
  Tom Gullikson
6–4, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 42. 1983 US Open, New York Hard   John McEnroe   Fritz Buehning
  Van Winitsky
6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 43. 1983 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Ivan Lendl
  Vincent Van Patten
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 18. 1983 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Johan Kriek   Anders Järryd
  Hans Simonsson
3–6, 4–6
Winner 44. 1983 Wembley, England Carpet   John McEnroe   Steve Denton
  Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 6–4
Winner 45. 1984 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Henri Leconte
  Yannick Noah
6–2, 6–3
Winner 46. 1984 Memphis, U.S. Carpet   Fritz Buehning   Heinz Günthardt
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–3, 6–0
Winner 47. 1984 Madrid, Spain Carpet   John McEnroe   Fritz Buehning
  Ferdi Taygan
6–3, 6–3
Winner 48. 1984 Wimbledon, London Grass   John McEnroe   Pat Cash
  Paul McNamee
6–2, 5–7, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 49. 1984 Toronto, Canada Hard   John McEnroe   John Fitzgerald
  Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–2
Winner 50. 1984 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Mike De Palmer
  Sammy Giammalva Jr.
6–3, 6–4
Winner 51. 1984 Masters, New York City Carpet   John McEnroe   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–2, 6–2
Winner 52. 1985 Toronto Indoor, Canada Carpet   Anders Järryd   Glenn Layendecker
  Glenn Michibata
7–6, 6–2
Winner 53. 1985 Houston, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Hank Pfister
  Ben Testerman
6–3, 6–2
Winner 54. 1985 Dallas, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Mark Edmondson
  Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 6–1
Winner 55. 1986 La Quinta, U.S. Carpet   Guy Forget   Yannick Noah
  Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 1986 Wimbledon, London Grass   Gary Donnelly   Joakim Nyström
  Mats Wilander
6–7, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 56. 1986 Stratton Mountain, U.S. Hard   John McEnroe   Paul Annacone
  Christo van Rensburg
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 20. 1986 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   John McEnroe   Stefan Edberg
  Anders Järryd
6–3, 5–7, 6–7
Winner 57. 1986 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe   Mike De Palmer
  Gary Donnelly
6–4, 7–6
Winner 58. 1986 Paris Indoor, France Carpet   John McEnroe   Mansour Bahrami
  Diego Pérez
6–3, 6–2
Winner 59. 1986 Wembley, England Carpet   John McEnroe   Sherwood Stewart
  Kim Warwick
3–6, 7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 21. 1987 Forest Hills, U.S. Clay   Gary Donnelly   Guy Forget
  Yannick Noah
6–4, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 60. 1987 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard   Gary Donnelly   Laurie Warder
  Blaine Willenborg
6–2, 7–6

Grand Prix, WCT, and Grand Slam singles finalsEdit

Wins (3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1978 Maui, U.S. Hard   Bill Scanlon 2–6, 0–6
Winner 1. 1978 Bologna, Italy Carpet   Adriano Panatta 6–2, 7–6
Runner-up 2. 1978 WCT Challenge Cup, Jamaica Hard   Ilie Năstase 6–2, 6–5, 2–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1979 San Jose, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe 6–7, 6–7
Winner 2. 1979 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard   Roscoe Tanner 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 1979 Los Angeles, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 1979 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   John McEnroe 6–4, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 1979 Maui, U.S. Hard   Bill Scanlon 1–6, 1–6

ATP doubles recordsEdit

Tournament Years Record accomplished Players matched
Grand Prix Tour Finals 1978–84 7 Titles John McEnroe
Grand Prix Tour Finals 1978–84 7 consecutive titles John McEnroe
Grand Prix Tour 1979 14 doubles titles in 1 season John McEnroe

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Best Boys Tennis Team of the Century, The Star-Ledger. Accessed December 10, 2007.
  2. ^ McEnroe, John; James Kaplan (2002). You Cannot Be Serious. New York: Berkley Books. p. 109. ISBN 0-425-19008-0.
  3. ^ ITA Men's Hall of Fame
  4. ^ 2011 Tournament Honoree: Peter Fleming Archived March 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, FarmersClassic.com, July 30, 2011

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