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Raymond Owen "Ray" Ruffels (born 23 March 1946)[1] is an Australian former professional tennis player and coach.

Ray Ruffels
Australian Institute of Sport coaches - Ray Ruffels.jpg
AIS Head Tennis Coach Ray Ruffels in 1981
Full nameRaymond Owen Ruffels
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1946-03-23) 23 March 1946 (age 73)
Sydney, Australia
Turned pro1968 (amateur tour from 1964)
Retired1980
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record164–167 (Open era)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 27 (12 December 1976)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1968, 1969, 1975)
French Open4R (1968)
WimbledonQF (1967)
US Open4R (1966)
Doubles
Career record219–137
Career titles16
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1977)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonF (1978)
US OpenF (1978)

PersonalEdit

Ruffels married professional tennis player Anna-Maria Fernandez and they have two children, Ryan and Gabriela. Both children have taken up golf as a career.[2][3]

Playing careerEdit

Ruffels was an Australian Open semi-finalist in 1968, 1969 and 1975, and a quarter-finalist in 1970 and 1977. In 1978, partnering with Billie Jean King in mixed doubles competition, Ruffels reached the final at Wimbledon and the US Open.

He was a member of the Australian Davis Cup team from 1968 to 1970, and in 1977.[1]

Doubles titles (16)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1970 Merion, US Hard   Bill Bowrey   Jim McManus
  Jim Osborne
3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 2. 1970 Phoenix, US Hard   Dick Crealy   Jan Kodeš
  Charlie Pasarell
7–6, 6–3
Winner 3. 1970 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Bob Carmichael   Željko Franulović
  Jan Kodeš
7–5, 6–2, 5–7, 6–7, 6–3
Winner 4. 1971 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Bob Carmichael   Brian Fairlie
  Raymond Moore
6–3, 6–7, 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 1971 Tehran WCT, Iran Clay   Bob Carmichael   John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
4–6, 7–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 1971 Washington WCT, US Clay   Bob Carmichael   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
6–7, 2–6
Winner 5. 1972 Toronto WCT, Canada Carpet   Bob Carmichael   Roy Emerson
  Rod Laver
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 6. 1972 Quebec WCT, Canada Indoor   Bob Carmichael   John Alexander
  Terry Addison
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 1974 Christchurch, New Zealand   Syd Ball   Ismail El Shafei
  Roscoe Tanner
W/O
Winner 7. 1975 Auckland, New Zealand Grass   Bob Carmichael   Brian Fairlie
  Onny Parun
7–6, RET.
Winner 8. 1975 Baltimore WCT, US Carpet   Dick Crealy   Ismail El Shafei
  Frew McMillan
6–4, 6–3
Winner 9. 1975 Dayton Indoor, US Carpet   Allan Stone   Paul Gerken
  Brian Gottfried
7–6, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 1975 Orlando WCT, US Hard   Colin Dibley   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 1975 St. Louis, US Clay   Colin Dibley   Ross Case
  Geoff Masters
6–4, 6–4
Winner 11. 1976 Dayton, US Carpet   Sherwood Stewart   Jaime Fillol
  Charlie Pasarell
6–2, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 12. 1976 Little Rock, US Carpet   Syd Ball   Giuliano Pecci
  Haroon Rahim
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
Winner 13. 1976 Boston, US Clay   Allan Stone   Mike Cahill
  John Whitlinger
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 5. 1976 Bermuda Clay   Dick Crealy   Mike Cahill
  John Whitlinger
4–6, 6–4, 6–7
Winner 14. 1976 Bangalore, India Clay   Bob Carmichael   Chiraid Mukherjea
  Bhanu Nunna
6–2, 7–6
Runner-up 6. 1977 La Costa WCT, US Hard   Allan Stone   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
4–6, 2–6
Winner 15. 1977 Perth, Australia Hard   Allan Stone   Nick Saviano
  John Whitlinger
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 7. 1977 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass   Allan Stone   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
6–7, 6–2, 3–6
Winner 16. 1977 Australian Open-2, Melbourne Grass   Allan Stone   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
7–6, 7–6

Coaching careerEdit

Ruffels was appointed the inaugural Head Coach of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) tennis program in 1981. He held this position until his retirement in January 1990.[4] Whilst at the AIS, Ruffels coached many young players that would have successful professional careers including: Pat Cash, Wally Masur, Darren Cahill, Todd Woodbridge, Richard Fromberg, Simon Youl and Johan Anderson.[5] After leaving the AIS, he coached Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who as a doubles team won many major titles including the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.[6]

In 2009, he returned to Australia to work at the AIS after being a national coach for the United States Tennis Association player development program in California.[7]

In November 2016, he was awarded The President’s Spirit of Tennis by Tennis Australia.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ray Ruffels". Tennis Australia website. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  2. ^ "The Inside Story: Ryan Ruffels". Golf Australia website. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Little sister steals limelight". Golf Australia website. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  4. ^ Australian Sports Commission. Annual report 1989-1990 (PDF).
  5. ^ "Tennis at the Australian Institute of Sport". Pandora Archive - Australian Institute of Sport. Archived from the original on 19 January 2000. Retrieved 27 September 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Ray Ruffels wins The President's Spirit of Tennis Award". Tennis Australia website. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Ruffels returns to coach Aussie youngsters". ABC News. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2017.

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