Toomas Leius

Toomas Leius (born 28 August 1941, also written Lejus) is a former tennis player from Estonia who competed for the Soviet Union.[2]

Toomas Leius
Tenniswedstrijden om de Coupe de Galea , Musacjon links Willem Maris , rechts To, Bestanddeelnr 910-5341.jpg
Willem Maris and Toomas Leius (r.) (1959)
Country (sports) Soviet Union
Born (1941-08-28) 28 August 1941 (age 80)
Tallinn, Estonia[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1969)
French OpenQF (1965)
Wimbledon3R (1960, 1963)
US Open2R (1962)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1969)
WimbledonQF (1963)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1969)
French OpenF (1971)
Wimbledon3R (1967)
Team competitions
Davis CupFEu (1967, 1969, 1970)
Medal record
Representing  Soviet Union
Men's Tennis
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1970 Turin Mixed Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1965 Budapest Men's Singles
Silver medal – second place 1965 Budapest Men's Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1965 Budapest Mixed Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1970 Turin Men's Singles
Silver medal – second place 1970 Turin Men's Doubles


Leius was the boys' singles champion at the 1959 Wimbledon Championships. He won the Soviet Championships in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1968. Other good performances during his career include reaching the final of the 1964 Queen's Club Championships, which he lost to Roy Emerson, and taking Rod Laver to five sets at the 1969 Heineken Open. He was a gold medalist in the mixed doubles at the 1970 Summer Universiade in Turin, with Tiiu Parmas.

His best performance in the singles draw of a Grand Slam tournament came at the 1965 French Championships, where he made the quarter-finals.[3] He was due to face South African player Cliff Drysdale in the quarter-final but the Soviet delegation made him forfeit the match, in protest against apartheid. Leius and Winnie Shaw were mixed doubles runners-up at the 1971 French Open.

He was a regular fixture in the Soviet Davis Cup team during the 1960s and appeared in a total of 20 ties, from which he managed 23 wins, 17 of them in singles.[4]

Murder conviction and prisonEdit

On 13 May 1974, Toomas Leius strangled his wife Ene Leius (née Visnapuu) to death after finding her in bed with another man. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and was released after serving five years for good behavior.[5][6]


Leius worked as a tennis coach after leaving prison and spent some time as captain of the Estonia Fed Cup team.[7]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Mixed doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1971 French Open Clay   Winnie Shaw   Françoise Dürr
  Jean-Claude Barclay
2–6, 4–6



  1. ^ ATP World Tour: Thomas Lejus
  2. ^ ITF Tennis: Tom Leius
  3. ^ Tennis Archives: Toomas Karlovich Lejus
  4. ^ Davis Cup: Tomas Leius
  5. ^ Brown, Cameron (2005). Wimbledon Facts, Figures & Fun. AAPPL.
  6. ^ Gennady Fyodorov (23 September 1997). "Former Soviet Soccer Star Arrested for Killing Woman". The Moscow Times.
  7. ^ Fed Cup - Tie details - 2000 - Estonia v Madagascar

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Preceded by
Hanno Selg
Estonian Sportspersonality of the Year
Succeeded by
Paul Keres
Preceded by
Paul Keres
Estonian Sportspersonality of the Year
Succeeded by
Ants Antson
Preceded by
Ants Antson
Estonian Sportspersonality of the Year
Succeeded by
Mart Vilt