Wally Masur

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 semifinals 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 (1963-05-13) 13 May 1963 (age 57)
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-, 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-, 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

JuniorsEdit

Masur began playing tennis at the age of eight. 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 quarterfinals 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 semifinals, 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, quarterfinals and semifinals. 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 team beat Australia 3–2 in the final.

1993 was the best year of Masur's career. He reached the semifinals 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 (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 three singles titles and 16 doubles titles.

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 runner-ups)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 1983 Hong Kong, UK Hard   Sammy Giammalva Jr. 6–1, 6–1
Loss 1–1 Nov 1984 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i)   Brad Gilbert 3–6, 3–6
Loss 1–2 Jan 1985 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Chris Lewis 7–5, 6–0, 2–6, 6–4
Win 2–2 Jan 1987 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Bill Scanlon 6–4, 7–6
Loss 2–3 Mar 1987 Nancy, France Carpet (i)   Pat Cash 2–6, 3–6
Loss 2–4 Jan 1988 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Mark Woodforde 2–6, 4–6
Win 3–4 Jul 1988 Newport, USA Grass   Brad Drewett 6–2, 6–1
Loss 3–5 Mar 1990 Memphis, USA Hard (i)   Michael Stich 7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Loss 3–6 Apr 1991 Hong Kong, UK Hard   Richard Krajicek 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 3–7 Jun 1993 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass   Arnaud Boetsch 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Loss 3–8 Jun 1993 Manchester, UK Grass   Jason Stoltenberg 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 24 (16 titles, 8 runner-ups)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Nov 1983 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i)   Kim Warwick   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
7–6, 6–4
Loss 1. Apr 1984 Aix-en-Provence, France Clay   Chris Lewis   Pat Cash
  Paul McNamee
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 2. Oct 1984 Brisbane, Australia Carpet (i)   Broderick Dyke   Francisco González
  Matt Mitchell
6–7, 6–2, 7–5
Win 2. Oct 1984 Melbourne Indoor, Australia Carpet (i)   Broderick Dyke   Peter Johnston
  John McCurdy
6–3, 6–2
Win 3. Dec 1984 Adelaide, Australia Hard   Broderick Dyke   Peter Doohan
  Brian Levine
4–6, 7–5, 6–1
Win 4. Dec 1984 Melbourne Outdoor, Australia Grass   Broderick Dyke   Mike Bauer
  Scott McCain
6–7, 6–3, 7–6
Loss 3. Jan 1985 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Broderick Dyke   Chris Lewis
  John Fitzgerald
7–6, 6–2
Loss 4. Mar 1985 Milan Indoor, Italy Carpet (i)   Broderick Dyke   Heinz Günthardt
  Anders Järryd
6–2, 6–1
Loss 5. Oct 1985 Sydney, Australia Grass   Broderick Dyke   David Dowlen
  Nduka Odizor
6–4, 7–6
Win 5. Jan 1986 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Broderick Dyke   Karl Richter
  Rick Rudeen
6–3, 6–4
Loss 6. May 1986 Munich, West Germany Clay   Broderick Dyke   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Loss 7. Jun 1986 Bristol, Australia Grass   Mark Edmondson   Christo Steyn
  Danie Visser
6–7, 7–6, 12–10
Win 6. Jul 1986 Livingston, USA Hard   Bob Green   Sammy Giammalva Jr.
  Greg Holmes
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 8. Oct 1987 Brisbane, Australia Hard (i)   Broderick Dyke   Matt Anger
  Kelly Evernden
7–6, 6–2
Win 7. Nov 1988 Brussels Indoor, Belgium Carpet (i)   Tom Nijssen   John Fitzgerald
  Tomáš Šmíd
7–5, 7–6
Win 8. Jan 1989 Sydney, Australia Hard   Darren Cahill   Pieter Aldrich
  Danie Visser
6–4, 6–3
Win 9. Aug 1989 Stratton Mountain, USA Hard   Mark Kratzmann   Pieter Aldrich
  Danie Visser
6–3, 4–6, 7–6
Win 10. Apr 1990 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Mark Kratzmann   Kent Kinnear
  Brad Pearce
6–4, 6–3
Win 11. Apr 1990 Hong Kong, UK Hard   Pat Cash   Kevin Curren
  Joey Rive
6–3, 6–3
Win 12. Feb 1991 San Francisco, USA Hard (i)   Jason Stoltenberg   Ronnie Båthman
  Rikard Bergh
4–6, 7–6, 6–4
Win 13. Jul 1991 Stuttgart, Germany Clay   Emilio Sánchez   Omar Camporese
  Goran Ivanišević
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 14. Aug 1991 New Haven, USA Hard  Petr Korda   Jeff Brown
  Scott Melville
7–5, 6–3
Win 15. Feb 1993 Milan Indoor, Italy Carpet (i)   Mark Kratzmann   Tom Nijssen
  Cyril Suk
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 16. Feb 1993 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i)   Mark Kratzmann   Steve DeVries
  David Macpherson
6–3, 7–6

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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