Simon John Arthur Youl (born 1 July 1965[1]) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

Simon Youl
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceElephant's Pass, Tasmania, Australia
Born (1965-07-01) 1 July 1965 (age 57)
Symmons Plains, Tasmania, Australia
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1982
Retired1994
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$930,856
Singles
Career record91–138
Career titles2
5 Challenger, 0 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 80 (28 September 1992)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open4R (1990)
French Open3R (1985)
Wimbledon4R (1988)
US Open1R (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (1984, demonstration)
Doubles
Career record104–144
Career titles2
4 Challenger, 0 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 63 (20 April 1992)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1992)
French Open3R (1986, 1990)
WimbledonQF (1986, 1989)
US OpenQF (1992)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open2R (1987)
French OpenSF (1990)
Wimbledon3R (1988)
Last updated on: 23 October 2021.

Tennis careerEdit

Youl was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder from 1981 to 1984.[2]

JuniorsEdit

As a junior player, Youl formed a successful doubles partnership with his fellow Australian player Mark Kratzmann. In 1983, the pair won the Boys' Doubles titles at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. In singles, he reached three slam finals, attaining a ranking as high as No. 5 in the junior world rankings in 1983.[3]

Pro tourEdit

As a professional player, Youl won two top-level singles titles (at Schenectady in 1989, and Singapore in 1992), and two tour doubles titles (Casablanca in 1990, and Bucharest in 1994). His best singles performances at Grand Slam events came in reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1988 (lost to Stefan Edberg) and the Australian Open in 1990 (lost to Ivan Lendl).

Youl's career-high rankings were world No. 80 in singles and world No. 63 in doubles (both in 1992).

RetirementEdit

He retired from the professional tour in 1994 (playing one Challenger event the following year). Since retiring as a player, he has worked as a tennis coach in Hobart, Tasmania.

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Championship Series (0–0)
ATP World Series (2–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–0)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 1989 Schenectady, United States World Series Hard   Scott Davis 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Win 2–0 Apr 1992 Singapore, Singapore World Series Hard   Paul Haarhuis 6–4, 6–1

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP Championship Series (0–0)
ATP World Series (2–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 1989 Brisbane, Australia Grand Prix Hard   Broderick Dyke   Darren Cahill
  Mark Kratzmann
4–6, 7–5, 0–6
Win 1–1 Mar 1990 Casablanca, Morocco World Series Clay   Todd Woodbridge   Paul Haarhuis
  Mark Koevermans
6–3, 6–1
Win 2–1 Sep 1994 Bucharest, Romania World Series Clay   Wayne Arthurs   Jose-Antonio Conde
  Jordi Arrese
6–4, 6–4

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 7 (5–2)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (5–2)
ITF Futures (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–0)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Nov 1990 Hobart, Australia Challenger Carpet   Jamie Morgan 7–6, 7–6
Loss 1–1 Feb 1991 Jakarta, Indonesia Challenger Clay   Vaclav Roubicek 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 2–1 Nov 1991 Auckland, New Zealand Challenger Hard   Patrick Rafter 3–6, 6–3, 6–1
Loss 2–2 Feb 1992 Jakarta, Indonesia Challenger Clay   Claudio Pistolesi 6–1, 3–6, 2–6
Win 3–2 Apr 1992 Singapore, Singapore Challenger Hard   Paul Haarhuis 6–4, 6–1
Win 4–2 Jul 1993 Scheveningen, Netherlands Challenger Clay   Bart Wuyts 7–5, 1–6, 6–4
Win 5–2 Jul 1994 Newcastle, United Kingdom Challenger Hard   Brent Larkham 6–1, 7–6

Doubles: 12 (4–8)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (4–8)
ITF Futures (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–3)
Clay (1–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–2)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 May 1989 Salzburg, Austria Challenger Clay   Brett Custer   Martin Sinner
  Michael Stich
walkover
Win 1–1 Apr 1991 Nagoya, Japan Challenger Hard   Glenn Layendecker   Nduka Odizor
  Sandon Stolle
3–6, 7–6, 7–6
Loss 1–2 Nov 1991 Hobart, Australia Challenger Carpet   Bret Richardson   Michael Brown
  Andrew Kratzmann
6–3, 3–6, 6–7
Win 2–2 Nov 1991 Christchurch, New Zealand Challenger Carpet   Neil Borwick   Jamie Morgan
  Sandon Stolle
7–5, 7–6
Loss 2–3 Feb 1993 Indian Wells, United States Challenger Hard   Neil Borwick   Patrick Rafter
  Jason Stoltenberg
4–6, 3–6
Loss 2–4 Jan 1994 Wellington, New Zealand Challenger Hard   Sandon Stolle   Martin Blackman
  Kenny Thorne
7–6, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 2–5 Feb 1994 Wolfsburg, Germany Challenger Carpet   Wayne Arthurs   Rich Benson
  Adam Malik
6–7, 4–6
Loss 2–6 Apr 1994 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Challenger Hard   Paul Kilderry   Pablo Albano
  Nicolas Pereira
4–6, 6–3, 6–7
Win 3–6 Jul 1994 Newcastle, United Kingdom Challenger Hard   Neil Broad   Joshua Eagle
  Tom Kempers
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
Loss 3–7 Aug 1994 Graz, Austria Challenger Clay   Wayne Arthurs   Hendrik Jan Davids
  Stephen Noteboom
6–4, 3–6, 6–7
Win 4–7 Sep 1994 Merano, Italy Challenger Clay   Tomas Nydahl   Emanuel Couto
  Joao Cunha-Silva
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Loss 4–8 Sep 1994 Venice, Italy Challenger Clay   Tomas Nydahl   Cristian Brandi
  Federico Mordegan
3–6, 6–4, 3–6

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (3 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1982 Australian Open Hard   Mark Kratzmann 3–6, 5–7
Loss 1983 Australian Open Hard   Stefan Edberg 4–6, 4–6
Loss 1983 US Open Hard   Stefan Edberg 2–6, 4–6

Doubles: 3 (3 titles)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partnet Opponents Score
Win 1983 French Open Clay   Mark Kratzmann   Carin Anderholm
  Olli Rahnasto
6–4, 6–4
Win 1983 Wimbledon Grass   Mark Kratzmann   Mihnea Nastase
  Olli Rahnasto
6–4, 6–4
Win 1983 US Open Hard   Mark Kratzmann   Patrick McEnroe
  Brad Pearce
6–1, 7–6

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 2R 2R A 1R 2R 1R 4R 1R 2R 1R Q2 A 0 / 11 8–11 42%
French Open A 1R 1R 3R 1R A 1R 1R 1R A 1R Q3 Q3 A 0 / 8 2–8 20%
Wimbledon A Q2 1R Q2 1R 1R 4R 1R 1R Q2 2R 1R 1R Q1 0 / 9 4–9 31%
US Open A A A A A A 1R A 1R 1R 1R A A A 0 / 4 0–4 0%
Win–loss 0–1 1–2 1–3 3–2 0–2 0–2 4–4 0–3 3–4 0–2 2–4 0–2 0–1 0–0 0 / 32 14–32 30%
National representation
Summer Olympics NH QF Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 0 / 1 2–1 67%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A A A A A A 1R Q2 A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Miami A A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canada A A A A A A 2R 2R 1R 3R 3R A A A 0 / 5 6–5 55%
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A A A 2R A A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 0 / 3 7–8 47%

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 2R 1R A 2R 2R A 3R 1R QF 2R 1R 0 / 0 10–11 48%
French Open A A 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R A 3R 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 9 6–9 40%
Wimbledon A Q2 1R 1R QF Q1 2R QF 1R 3R 3R 2R Q1 0 / 9 12–9 57%
US Open A A A A A A 3R A 1R 2R QF A A 0 / 4 6–4 60%
Win–loss 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–3 4–2 1–2 4–4 3–1 4–4 4–4 8–4 2–3 0–1 0 / 33 28–33 46%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A A A 1R Q1 A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Miami Open A A A A A A A A A 2R 2R 3R A 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Monte Carlo A A A 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Rome A A A A 1R A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1 100%
Canada A A A A A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R A A 0 / 5 3–5 38%
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A A SF A A A 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 4–3 2–3 1–1 0–0 0 / 12 9–12 43%

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R A A A A 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
French Open A 1R A SF A A 0 / 2 4–2 67%
Wimbledon 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 6 3–6 33%
US Open A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–loss 1–2 2–2 0–1 4–2 0–1 0–2 0 / 10 8–10 44%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame Honour Roll, Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts (Tasmanian Government), 2008.
  2. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 1-74013-060-X.
  3. ^ Tennis Australia Profile

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