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Raúl Antonio Viver (born 17 March 1961) is a former professional tennis player from Ecuador.[1]

Raúl Viver
Country (sports)Ecuador Ecuador
Born (1961-03-17) 17 March 1961 (age 58)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1980
PlaysLeft-handed
Prize money$189,118
Singles
Career record27-58
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 94 (3 Oct 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1985)
Wimbledon1R (1985)
US Open1R (1985)
Doubles
Career record15-45
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 184 (2 Jan 1984)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (1982)
Mixed doubles
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenQF (1986)

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CareerEdit

Viver was the world number one ranked junior player in 1979, the year that he won the Orange Bowl (18s & Under).[2] He also reached his only semi-final on the Grand Prix tennis circuit in 1979, at Bogota.[2]

In the 1982 French Open, Viver and partner Luca Bottazzi had a win over fifth seeds Anders Järryd and Hans Simonsson, but lost in the second round.[2] Three years later he won his only Grand Slam singles match, over world number 42 John Fitzgerald.[2] He was a mixed doubles quarter-finalist in the 1986 French Open, with Mariana Perez-Roldan.[2]

The Ecuadorian reached the quarter-finals at Kitzbuhel in 1984 and Buenos Aires the following year.[2]

He appeared in 18 Davis Cup ties for Ecuador during his career, from 1978 to 1990. In the mid-1980s he was part of the team which competed in the World Group and faced players like Jimmy Arias, Boris Becker and Miloslav Mečíř. Viver finished with a 15/13 overall record, winning 14 of his 25 singles rubbers.[3]

Challenger titlesEdit

Singles: (3)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 1988 Neu-Ulm, West Germany Clay   Stefan Eriksson 7–5, 6–2
2. 1991 Pembroke Pines, United States Clay   Jimmy Brown 6–3, 1–6, 7–6
3. 1991 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Gabriel Markus 7–6, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles: (3)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1982 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Alberto Tous   David Graham
  Laurie Warder
3–6, 6–3, 7–5
2. 1983 Brescia, Italy   Iván Camus   Dacio Campos
  Eduardo Oncins
6–2, 5–7, 6–4
3. 1988 Nyon, Switzerland Clay   Hugo Nunez   Jan Apell
  Veli Paloheimo
2–6, 6–4, 6–1

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