Amos Mansdorf

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Amos Mansdorf
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Country  Israel
Residence Tel Aviv, Israel
Born (1965-10-20) 20 October 1965 (age 48)
Ramat HaSharon, Israel
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 1994
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,412,691
Singles
Career record 304–231
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 18 (16 November 1987)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1992)
French Open 3R (1990)
Wimbledon 4R (1989)
US Open 4R (1990)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 3R (1988)
Doubles
Career record 46–84
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 67 (19 May 1986)
Last updated on: 28 October 2012.

Amos Mansdorf (Hebrew: עמוס מנסדורף‎; born 20 October 1965, in Tel Aviv, Israel) is a former Israeli professional tennis player.

His career-high singles ranking was World No. 18 (achieved in November 1987), the highest ever for any male Israeli tennis player. His career-high doubles ranking was World No. 67 (May 1986).

Early life[edit]

Mansdorf grew up in Ramat HaSharon, a small city north of Tel Aviv. He started playing tennis when he was 10 years old. He trained at the Israel Tennis Centers.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

1980s[edit]

In 1983 Mansdorf won the Asian Junior Championship in Hong Kong. That same year he turned professional, and started his mandatory Israeli army service. During his service he played at the demonstration event of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and lost in the first round.

Immediately after completing his service, in November 1986 he beat World # 5 Henri Leconte 6–2, 6–7, 6–3, in Wembley, United Kingdom. He won his first tour singles title later that month at Johannesburg, beating World # 10 Andrés Gómez 6–4, 6–4 in the quarterfinals, and defeating American Matt Anger in the final.

His second singles title came the following year in his hometown of Ramat Hasharon. In the semifinals he beat World # 6 Jimmy Connors, 7–6, 6–3, and in the finals he beat World # 12 Brad Gilbert, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4.

The third title was in January 1988 at Auckland. In March he beat World # 4 Boris Becker, 6–4, 6–4, in Orlando. In October that year he won the biggest title of his career at the Paris Open (now part of the Tennis Masters Series). He faced the World # 1 Mats Wilander, but the Swede retired before the tournament began. Mansdorf beat Aaron Krickstein and Jakob Hlasek, two top 10 players, on his way to the final. He beat Gilbert in the final in straight sets, 6–3, 6–2, 6–3.

He also played at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, where tennis was an official sport, and this time reached the 3rd round (the final 16 players). In March 1989 in Scottsdale he upset World # 13 Thomas Muster, 7–5, 6–2, and World # 15 Gilbert 5–7, 6–3, 6–0.

1990s[edit]

Mansdorf won another title at Rosmalen in the Netherlands in 1990. In the third round of the US Open in 1990 he beat World # 8 Brad Gilbert 5–7, 5–7, 6–3, 7–6, 6–1. In September 1991 in Toulouse, he beat World # 11 Magnus Gustafsson, 6–4, 6–1.

His best performance at a Grand Slam tournament came at the Australian Open in 1992, where he reached the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual champion, Jim Courier. In February 1992 in Philadelphia, he upset World # 3 Michael Stich 7–6 (5), 7–5. In January 1993 in Sydney, he beat World # 13 Carlos Costa 6–1, 5–7, 6–4. He qualified for the 1992 Olympics, but had to withdraw because of injury.

Mansdorf's sixth and final career title came in 1993 at Washington, DC, during which he beat World # 11 Petr Korda 6–3, 6–3. In July 1994 in Toronto, he beat World # 8 Todd Martin 6–7 (4), 6–3, retired, and in August at Cincinnati he upset Korda (World # 14) 6–3, 6–3, and Boris Becker (World # 8), 7–6 (1), 6–4.

He reached the fourth round of the US Open and Wimbledon and the finals of the US Pro Indoor Championships.

In addition to his six titles, he reached ten other finals but lost, four of them in Ramat Hasharon. During his career, he won 304 matches and lost 231, and earned prize money of US$2,412,691.

Davis Cup[edit]

In Davis Cup, Mansdorf played 10 years and won 22 matches (second-most ever by an Israeli, to Shlomo Glickstein, through 2008) against 25 losses, including a 15–4 record in singles matches on hard courts or carpet.[2] He played a major role in Israel's success in this competition, when Israel played 6 years in the world group between 1987 and 1994.

Retirement[edit]

Mansdorf retired in 1994. Mansdorf next worked as a diamond merchant in Ramat Aviv. He serves as chairman of the Israel Tennis Center and works in the Israel Tennis Association's youth program.[3]

Between 2000 and 2004, he served as Davis Cup captain.

Career finals[edit]

Singles (6 titles – 10 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–0)
ATP Tour (5–10)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 20 October 1985 Tel Aviv Hardcourt United States Brad Gilbert 3–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 23 November 1986 Johannesburg Hardcourt (i) United States Matt Anger 6–3, 3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 2. 18 October 1987 Tel Aviv Hardcourt United States Brad Gilbert 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 25 October 1987 Vienna Hardcourt (i) Sweden Jonas Svensson 6–1, 6–1, 2–6, 3–6, 5–7
Winner 3. 10 January 1988 Auckland Hardcourt India Ramesh Krishnan 6–3, 6–4
Winner 4. 30 October 1988 Paris Carpet (i) United States Brad Gilbert 6–3, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 15 January 1989 Auckland Hardcourt India Ramesh Krishnan 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 4. 30 April 1989 Singapore Hardcourt United States Kelly Jones 1–6, 5–7
Winner 5. 17 June 1990 Rosmalen Grass Soviet Union Alexander Volkov 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 5. 14 October 1990 Tel Aviv Hardcourt Soviet Union Andrei Chesnokov 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 6 October 1991 Toulouse Hardcourt (i) France Guy Forget 2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 7. 23 February 1992 Philadelphia Carpet (i) United States Pete Sampras 1–6, 6–7(4–7), 6–2, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 8. 4 April 1993 Osaka Hardcourt United States Michael Chang 4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 25 July 1993 Washington Hardcourt United States Todd Martin 7–6(7–3), 7–5
Runner-up 9. 17 October 1993 Tel Aviv Hardcourt Italy Stefano Pescosolido 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Runner-up 10. 16 October 1994 Tel Aviv Hardcourt South Africa Wayne Ferreira 6–7(4–7), 3–6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ITC Champions
  2. ^ Davis Cup – Players
  3. ^ "Mansdorf, Amos". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 

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