AIS Head Tennis Coach Ray Ruffels in 1981
|Full name||Raymond Owen Ruffels|
|Born||23 March 1946|
|Turned pro||1968 (amateur tour from 1964)|
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||164–167 (Open era)|
|Highest ranking||No. 27 (12 December 1976)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1968, 1969, 1975)|
|French Open||4R (1968)|
|US Open||4R (1966)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||F (1978)|
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.
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
|3–6, 6–2, 7–5|
|Winner||2.||1970||Phoenix, US||Hard||Dick Crealy|| Jan Kodeš
|Winner||3.||1970||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Bob Carmichael|| Željko Franulović
|7–5, 6–2, 5–7, 6–7, 6–3|
|Winner||4.||1971||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Bob Carmichael|| Brian Fairlie
|6–3, 6–7, 6–4, 4–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||1971||Tehran WCT, Iran||Clay||Bob Carmichael|| John Newcombe
|4–6, 7–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||1971||Washington WCT, US||Clay||Bob Carmichael|| Tom Okker
|Winner||5.||1972||Toronto WCT, Canada||Carpet||Bob Carmichael|| Roy Emerson
|6–4, 4–6, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||1972||Quebec WCT, Canada||Indoor||Bob Carmichael|| John Alexander
|4–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|Runner-up||3.||1974||Christchurch, New Zealand||Syd Ball|| Ismail El Shafei
|Winner||7.||1975||Auckland, New Zealand||Grass||Bob Carmichael|| Brian Fairlie
|Winner||8.||1975||Baltimore WCT, US||Carpet||Dick Crealy|| Ismail El Shafei
|Winner||9.||1975||Dayton Indoor, US||Carpet||Allan Stone|| Paul Gerken
|Runner-up||4.||1975||Orlando WCT, US||Hard||Colin Dibley|| Brian Gottfried
|Winner||10.||1975||St. Louis, US||Clay||Colin Dibley|| Ross Case
|Winner||11.||1976||Dayton, US||Carpet||Sherwood Stewart|| Jaime Fillol
|6–2, 3–6, 7–5|
|Winner||12.||1976||Little Rock, US||Carpet||Syd Ball|| Giuliano Pecci
|6–3, 6–7, 6–3|
|Winner||13.||1976||Boston, US||Clay||Allan Stone|| Mike Cahill
|3–6, 6–3, 7–6|
|Runner-up||5.||1976||Bermuda||Clay||Dick Crealy|| Mike Cahill
|4–6, 6–4, 6–7|
|Winner||14.||1976||Bangalore, India||Clay||Bob Carmichael|| Chiraid Mukherjea
|Runner-up||6.||1977||La Costa WCT, US||Hard||Allan Stone|| Bob Hewitt
|Winner||15.||1977||Perth, Australia||Hard||Allan Stone|| Nick Saviano
|Runner-up||7.||1977||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Grass||Allan Stone|| John Alexander
|6–7, 6–2, 3–6|
|Winner||16.||1977||Australian Open-2, Melbourne||Grass||Allan Stone|| John Alexander
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. 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. 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.
In November 2016, he was awarded The President’s Spirit of Tennis by Tennis Australia.
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