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Wally Masur (/məˈsʊər/;[citation needed] born 13 May 1963) is a tennis coach, television commentator, and former professional tennis player from Sydney, Australia. He reached the semi-finals of the 1987 Australian Open and the 1993 US Open, achieving a career-high singles ranking of World No. 15 in October 1993.

Wally Masur
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceSydney, Australia
Born (1963-05-15) 15 May 1963 (age 56)
Southampton, England
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1982
Retired1995
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,134,718
Singles
Career record328–287 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 15 (11 October 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1987)
French Open3R (1991)
Wimbledon4R (1988, 1992, 1993)
US OpenSF (1993)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1988)
Doubles
Career record285–211 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles16
Highest rankingNo. 8 (12 April 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1993)
French OpenSF (1988, 1992)
WimbledonQF (1988, 1992)
US Open2R (1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993)

Tennis careerEdit

Masur began playing tennis at the age of eight.

JuniorsEdit

In 1980, he reached the final of the Australian Open boys' singles tournament and won the boys' doubles title.

Pro tourEdit

Masur turned professional in 1982. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[1]

In 1983, Masur won his first top-level singles title at Hong Kong, and his first tour doubles title at Taipei. He also reached quarter-finals of that year's Australian Open, before being knocked out by John McEnroe.

In 1987, Masur won his second career singles title at Adelaide and reached the Australian Open semi-finals, where he lost to eventual champion Stefan Edberg.

Masur won his third singles title in 1988 at Newport, Rhode Island.

In 1990, Masur helped Australia reach the final of the Davis Cup, compiling a 6–0 record in singles rubbers in the first round, quarter-finals and semi-finals. However he was left out of the team that played the United States in the final by captain Neale Fraser. The decision to leave Masur out of the final was fairly controversial at the time given the very significant role that he had played in getting Australia there, but was principally because the final was to be played on clay courts, which was not Masur's best surface. The US beat Australia 3–2 in the final.

1993 was possibly the best year of Masur's career. He reached the semi-finals of that year's US Open, where he lost to Cédric Pioline. He also reached his career-high rankings in both singles (World No. 15) and doubles (World No. 8) that year. He captured doubles titles in Milan and Stuttgart that year, which proved to be the final top-level titles of his career.

Masur retired from the professional tour in 1995, having won 3 singles titles and 16 doubles titles. His career prize-money totalled $3,134,718.

Post playingEdit

In January 2015, Masur was appointed captain of Australia's Davis Cup team, succeeding Pat Rafter. He will in turn be succeeded by Lleyton Hewitt in 2016.[2]

ATP Career finalsEdit

Singles: 11 (3 titles, 8 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Nr. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 6 October 1983 Hong Kong Hardcourt   Sammy Giammalva 6–1, 6–1
Winner 2. January 1987 Adelaide Grass   Bill Scanlon 6–4, 7–6
Winner 3. 10 July 1988 Newport Grass   Brad Drewett 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 5 November 1984 Taipei Carpet (i)   Brad Gilbert 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 13 January 1985 Auckland Hardcourt   Chris Lewis 7–5, 6–0, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 29 March 1987 Nancy Carpet (i)   Pat Cash 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 3 January 1988 Adelaide Hardcourt   Mark Woodforde 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 4 March 1990 Memphis Hardcourt (i)   Michael Stich 7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 7 April 1991 Hong Kong Hardcourt   Richard Krajicek 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 13 June 1993 Rosmalen Grass   Arnaud Boetsch 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 20 June 1993 Manchester Grass   Jason Stoltenberg 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 24 (16 titles – 8 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Nr. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 November 1983 Taipei Carpet (i)   Kim Warwick   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
7–6, 6–4
Winner 2. 21 October 1984 Melbourne Indoor Carpet (i)   Broderick Dyke   Peter Johnston
  John McCurdy
6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 23 December 1984 Adelaide Grass   Broderick Dyke   Peter Doohan
  Brian Levine
4–6, 7–5, 6–1
Winner 4. 30 December 1984 Melbourne Outdoor Grass   Broderick Dyke   Mike Bauer
  Scott McCain
6–7, 6–3, 7–6
Winner 5. 12 January 1986 Auckland Hardcourt   Broderick Dyke   Karl Richter
  Rick Rudeen
6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. 27 July 1986 Livingston Hardcourt   Bob Green   Sammy Giammalva
  Greg Holmes
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. 27 November 1988 Brussels Indoor Carpet (i)   Tom Nijssen   John Fitzgerald
  Tomáš Šmíd
7–5, 7–6
Winner 8. 15 January 1989 Sydney Hardcourt   Darren Cahill   Pieter Aldrich
  Danie Visser
6–4, 6–3
Winner 9. 6 August 1989 Stratton Mountain Hardcourt   Mark Kratzmann   Pieter Aldrich
  Danie Visser
6–3, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 10. 15 April 1990 Tokyo Hardcourt   Mark Kratzmann   Kent Kinnear
  Brad Pearce
6–4, 6–3
Winner 11. 29 April 1990 Hong Kong Hardcourt   Pat Cash   Kevin Curren
  Joey Rive
6–3, 6–3
Winner 12. 11 February 1991 San Francisco Hardcourt (i)   Jason Stoltenberg   Ronnie Båthman
  Rikard Bergh
4–6, 7–6, 6–4
Winner 13. 21 July 1991 Stuttgart Clay   Emilio Sánchez   Omar Camporese
  Goran Ivanišević
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 14. 18 August 1991 New Haven Hardcourt  Petr Korda   Jeff Brown
  Scott Melville
7–5, 6–3
Winner 15. 14 February 1993 Milan Carpet (i)   Mark Kratzmann   Tom Nijssen
  Cyril Suk
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 16. 21 February 1993 Stuttgart Indoor Hardcourt (i)   Mark Kratzmann   Steve DeVries
  David Macpherson
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 1. 29 April 1984 Aix-En-Provence Hardcourt   Chris Lewis   Pat Cash
  Paul McNamee
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 7 October 1984 Brisbane Carpet (i)   Broderick Dyke   Francisco González
  Matt Mitchell
6–7, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 13 January 1985 Auckland Hardcourt   Broderick Dyke   Chris Lewis
  John Fitzgerald
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 31 March 1985 Milan Carpet (i)   Broderick Dyke   Heinz Günthardt
  Anders Järryd
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 20 October 1985 Sydney Grass   Broderick Dyke   David Dowlen
  Nduka Odizor
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 6. 11 May 1986 Munich Clay   Broderick Dyke   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 22 June 1986 Bristol Grass   Mark Edmondson   Christo Steyn
  Danie Visser
6–7, 7–6, 12–10
Runner-up 8. 11 October 1987 Queensland Open Hardcourt (i)   Broderick Dyke   Matt Anger
  Kelly Evernden
7–6, 6–2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ AIS at the Olympics Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Schlink, Leo. "Pat Rafter steps down as Davis Cup captain with Wally Masur to fill role in interim role". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 6 July 2015.

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