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Steve Krulevitz (born May 30, 1951) is a retired American-Israeli right-handed tennis player. His highest singles ranking was No. 42. He competed on the Professional Grand Prix Tennis Circuit for over ten years.

Steve Krulevitz
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceBaltimore, Maryland
Born (1951-05-30) May 30, 1951 (age 68)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1970
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record121–198
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 42
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3rd R (1979)
French Open3rd R (1976)
Wimbledon3rd R (1976)
US Open2nd R (1971, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981)
Career record130-196
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 150
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSemifinals (1981)
French Open3rd R (1981, 1982)
Wimbledon3rd R (1974)
US Open3rd R (1982)

Early lifeEdit

Steve "Lightning" Krulevitz was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, with dual American-Israeli citizenship, and is Jewish.[1][2]

Early careerEdit

Lightning won the MSA Singles four times and was named to the United States Junior Davis Cup Team. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from UCLA and was named All-American in 1973.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Lightning was among the top 100 players in the world for nine consecutive years. He has participated in 9 Wimbledons, 13 US Opens, 8 French Opens and 2 Australian Opens. He was also an Israeli Davis Cup player from 1978-1980.[4] His career singles titles include Travemunde, Germany (1980) and Chichester, England (1981). His career doubles titles include Stowe (with Cahill) in 1979, Sarasota (with Nastase) in 1979, and Brussels (with Stevaux) in 1980. He made it to the 3rd round of Wimbledon and the French Open in 1976, and to the 3rd round of the Australian Open in 1979. He won the Gold Medal for the United States at the 1977 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel.[5] In May 1981 Lightning won the Chichester, Great Britain Tournament. In May 1982 he lost in the finals of the Tampere Open, in Finland. Lightning was inducted into the USTA Mid-Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993.[6]


Lightning's students include Gilad Bloom (Israel), Jaime Yzaga (Peru), Tom Shimada. Reed Cordish, Patrick Osuna, Derrick "Dodger" Thompson, and Vince Spadea. He is the varsity tennis head coach at Gilman School, where he led the team to a 12th-place finish at the high school national championships in Kentucky, and a 16th place finish at the 2016 National Invitational Boys High School Team Tennis Tournament, located in Newport Beach, CA. He also has led the team to six consecutive titles in the MIAA. Lightning holds a weekly summer tennis camp at Gilman school. He currently is coaching the varsity teams and runs a tennis camp after school, during fall. He gives players nicknames. He is well-liked among the students for his eccentricity.

Davis CupEdit

Lightning played #1 for Israel's Davis Cup Team and coached that Davis Cup team as well. Lightning was 4–5 in Davis Cup competition for Israel from 1978-80.


  1. ^ World Tennis - Google Books
  2. ^ Jewish Post 18 August 1978 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program
  3. ^ MTNGUIDE06.indd
  4. ^ Steve Krulevitz | Overview | ATP World Tour | Tennis
  5. ^ Israel Basketball Team Loses out to Underdog U.S. Squad at 10th Maccabiah | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 19, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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