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Roger Taylor MBE (born 14 October 1941) is a British former tennis player. Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, he won 6 singles titles and 10 doubles titles during his career.[2] He achieved success at several Grand Slam tournaments, reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open in 1973, the semi-finals of Wimbledon during the same year and winning back to back US Open Men's Doubles titles in 1971 and 1972. He also enjoyed particular success in 1970, again reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon, where he achieved a big upset win over defending champion Rod Laver en route, and the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Taylor also reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 1967. His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 11, though Taylor was ranked World No. 8 in 1970 before the ATP rankings began.[1]

Roger Taylor
MBE
Roger Taylor (tennis).jpg
Roger Taylor at the 1969 Dutch Open
Country (sports) United Kingdom
ResidenceWimbledon, London, England
Born (1941-10-14) 14 October 1941 (age 77)
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1967 (amateur tour from 1960)
Retired1980
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record274–214 (56.10%)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 8 (1970, Lance Tingay)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1970)
French OpenQF (1973)
WimbledonSF (1967, 1970, 1973)
US OpenQF (1964)
Other tournaments
WCT FinalsQF (1973)
Doubles
Career record189–140
Career titles10
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1962)
French Open3R (1963)
WimbledonQF (1968, 1969, 1973)
US OpenW (1971, 1972)

Also, Taylor scored 29 wins and 11 losses at the Great Britain Davis Cup team.

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Tennis careerEdit

Taylor was the sole British member of the so-called Handsome Eight (he was noted particularly for his massive eyebrows) signed by Lamar Hunt to compete in his newly created World Championship Tennis tour in 1968.

Notably, in a scene reminiscent of a bygone age of sportsmanship now all but absent in professional sport, Taylor endeared himself to millions of viewers during his 1973 Wimbledon quarter final match against the 17-year-old Wimbledon debutant Björn Borg. Having already been declared the match winner by the umpire following his match-point serve which was disputed by Borg, Taylor voluntarily offered to replay the point. The linesman then, questioned by the umpire as to whether he wished to reconsider his decision, changed his "in" call to "out" and the umpire requested that the point be replayed as a "let". Taylor subsequently went on to win the match.

He retired from professional tennis in 1980. He was Great Britain's Davis Cup captain from February 2000 until January 2004. Taylor also captained the British ladies Wightman Cup team; steering them to their last victory in the competition in 1978. He was awarded an MBE in the 1977 Silver Jubilee and Birthday Honours

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (2 titles)Edit

No. Year Championship Surface Partnering Opponent Score
1. 1971 US Open Grass   John Newcombe   Stan Smith
  Erik Van Dillen
6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6
2. 1972 US Open Grass   Cliff Drysdale   Owen Davidson
  John Newcombe
6–4, 7–6, 6–3

Career titlesEdit

Singles (6)Edit

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 1963 Surrey Grass Court Championships Grass   Jaidip Mukerjea 10–8, 9–11, 10–8
2. 1967 Surrey Grass Court Championships Grass   Bobby Wilson 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
3. 18 April 1971 Palermo Clay   Pierre Barthes 6–3, 4–6, 7–6, 6–2
4. 17 February 1973 Copenhagen Open Hard   Marty Riessen 6–2, 6–3, 7–6
5. 2 February 1975 Roanoke International Tennis Tournament Indoor   Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 7–6
6. 2 March 1975 Fairfield Carpet (i)   Sandy Mayer 7–5, 5–7, 7–6

Doubles (8)Edit

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent Score
1. 5 January 1969 Hobart Grass   Mal Anderson   Tony Roche
  Fred Stolle
7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 1–6, 6–4
2. 3 February 1969 Auckland Grass   Ray Moore   Mal Anderson
  Toomas Leius
13–15, 6–3, 8–6, 8–6
3. 1 August 1969 Hilversum Unknown   Tom Okker   Jan Kodeš
  Jan Kukal
6–3, 6–2, 6–4
4. 10 July 1971 Newport Grass   Ken Rosewall   John Clifton
  John Paish
7–5, 3–6, 6–2
5. 12 September 1971 US Open Grass   John Newcombe   Stan Smith
  Erik Van Dillen
6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6
6. 10 September 1972 US Open Grass   Cliff Drysdale   Owen Davidson
  John Newcombe
6–4, 7–6, 6–3
7. 1 April 1973 Vancouver Unknown   Pierre Barthes   Tom Gorman
  Erik Van Dillen
5–7, 6–3, 7–6
8. 17 July 1977 Kitzbühel Clay   Christopher Mottram   Colin Dowdeswell
  Chris Kachel
7–6, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 428.
  2. ^ "Roger Taylor". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 30 June 2009.

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