Balázs Taróczy

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The native form of this personal name is Taróczy Balázs. This article uses the Western name order.
Balázs Taróczy
Balázs Taróczy - Hilversum 1981 (3).jpg
Country  Hungary
Residence Budapest, Hungary
Born (1954-05-09) 9 May 1954 (age 60)
Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 1972
Retired 1990
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,437,443
Singles
Career record 385–226
Career titles 13
Highest ranking No. 12 (5 April 1982)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1973, 1979)
French Open QF (1976, 1981)
Wimbledon 4R (1980)
US Open 3R (1974, 1975)
Other tournaments
WCT Finals 1R (1983)
Doubles
Career record 390–236
Career titles 25
Highest ranking No. 3 (15 July 1985)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1973, 1979, 1990)
French Open W (1981)
Wimbledon W (1985)
US Open SF (1984)
Last updated on: 15 February 2013.
Balázs Taróczy
Medal record
Tennis
Competitor for  Hungary
Summer Universiade
Silver 1973 Moscow Singles
Bronze 1973 Moscow Doubles
Silver 1977 Sofia Singles

Balázs Taróczy (Taróczy Balázs; born 9 May 1954 in Budapest) is a former tennis player from Hungary, who won thirteen singles titles in his career. The right-hander achieved his career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 12 in April 1982.

Tennis career[edit]

Taróczy was six times a Hungarian national champion.

One of the game's premier doubles artists, Balazs and partner Heinz Günthardt surged from the pack to win the 1985 Wimbledon doubles title. Though never especially proficient on the grass prior to their magic fortnight, the duo played beautifully on the historic centre court at the All-England Club to defeat Pat Cash-John Fitzgerald in four sets.

He became the Hungarian No. 1 player in 1973 and was a member of the Hungarian Davis Cup team from 1973 to 1985.

Despite playing part-time, still managed to finish top 50 in the doubles world rankings at No. 45 in 1989[1]

From September 1989 to the end of 1990 he was the coach of Goran Ivanišević.

Career singles finals 20 (13-7)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series (13)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0)
Clay (13)
Grass (0)
Carpet (0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1974 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay New Zealand Onny Parun 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. 1976 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Argentina Ricardo Cano 6–4, 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 1977 Båstad, Sweden Clay Italy Corrado Barazzutti 6–7, 7–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 1978 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Netherlands Tom Okker 2–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 4. 1978 Barcelona, Spain Clay Romania Ilie Năstase 1–6, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 1978 Vienna, Austria Hard United States Stan Smith 6–4, 6–7, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 5. 1979 Brussels, Belgium Clay Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 6–1, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 1979 Båstad, Sweden Clay Sweden Björn Borg 1–6, 5–7
Winner 6. 1979 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 1980 Brussels, Belgium Clay Australia Peter McNamara 6–7, 3–6, 0–6
Winner 7. 1980 Båstad, Sweden Clay United States Tony Giammalva 6–3, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 8. 1980 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Zimbabwe Haroon Ismail 6–3, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 9. 1980 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Italy Adriano Panatta 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 1981 Bournemouth, UK Clay Paraguay Víctor Pecci 3–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 1981 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt 6–3, 6–7, 6–4
Winner 11. 1981 Tokyo, Japan Clay United States Eliot Teltscher 6–3, 1–6, 7–6(3)
Winner 12. 1982 Nice, France Clay France Yannick Noah 6–2, 3–6, 13–11
Winner 13. 1982 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay United Kingdom Buster Mottram 7–6, 6–7, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 6. 1983 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 1984 Indianapolis, US Clay Ecuador Andrés Gómez 0–6, 6–7

Career doubles finals 59 (26-33)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1973 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay Hungary Róbert Machán Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Czechoslovakia Vladimir Zednik
3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 2. 1974 Florence, Italy Clay Hungary Róbert Machán Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Adriano Panatta
3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1974 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Czechoslovakia František Pala Colombia Iván Molina
Colombia Jairo Velasco
6–2, 6–7, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 1975 Rotterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet Spain José Higueras South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 1976 Florence, Italy Clay Hungary Péter Szőke Australia Colin Dibley
Brazil Carlos Kirmayr
7–5, 5–7, 5–7
Runner-up 6. 1976 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak Argentina Ricardo Cano
Chile Belus Prajoux
4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 1977 Munich, Germany Clay Czechoslovakia František Pala Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Špear
United States John Whitlinger
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1978 Båstad, Sweden Clay Hungary Péter Szőke Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Mark Edmondson
5–7, 4–6
Winner 2. 1978 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Netherlands Tom Okker Australia Bob Carmichael
Australia Mark Edmondson
7–6, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 3. 1978 Boston, U.S. Clay Paraguay Víctor Pecci Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
United States Van Winitsky
6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 4. 1978 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Paraguay Víctor Pecci South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 1979 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Paraguay Víctor Pecci Romania Ilie Năstase
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 1979 Brussels, Belgium Clay Brazil Carlos Kirmayr United States Billy Martin
Australia Peter McNamara
7–5, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 5. 1979 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Netherlands Tom Okker Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1980 Rome, Italy Clay United States Eliot Teltscher Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
6–7, 6–7
Winner 6. 1980 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Netherlands Tom Okker United States Tony Giammalva
United Kingdom Buster Mottram
7–5, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 11. 1980 Palermo, Italy Clay Paraguay Víctor Pecci Italy Gianni Ocleppo
Ecuador Ricardo Ycaza
2–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 1980 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Franulović Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Switzerland Markus Günthardt
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 1980 Madrid, Spain Clay Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš Chile Hans Gildemeister
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
6–3, 3–6, 8–10
Runner-up 13. 1980 Barcelona, Spain Clay Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil United States Steve Denton
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl
2–6, 7–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 1980 Bologna, Italy Carpet United States Butch Walts United States Steve Denton
Australia Paul McNamee
2–6, 6–3, 6–0
Winner 9. 1981 Cairo, Egypt Clay Egypt Ismail El Shafei Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Gianni Ocleppo
6–7, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 10. 1981 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–3, 6–3
Winner 11. 1981 French Open, Paris Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Terry Moor
United States Eliot Teltscher
6–2, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 12. 1981 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt South Africa Raymond Moore
South Africa Andrew Pattison
6–0, 6–2
Winner 13. 1981 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 14. 1981 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Larry Stefanki
United States Robert Van't Hof
3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 14. 1981 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Victor Amaya
United States Hank Pfister
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 15. 1981 Bologna, Italy Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United States Sammy Giammalva, Jr.
France Henri Leconte
6–7, 4–6
Winner 15. 1982 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet Switzerland Heinz Günthardt South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
6–7, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 1982 Mexico City WCT, Mexico City Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United States Sherwood Stewart
United States Ferdi Taygan
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 17. 1982 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United States Mel Purcell
United States Eliot Teltscher
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 18. 1982 Nice, France Clay Australia Paul McNamee France Henri Leconte
France Yannick Noah
7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 19. 1982 Madrid, Spain Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
1–6, 6–3, 7–9
Winner 16. 1982 Rome, Italy Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Poland Wojtek Fibak
Australia John Fitzgerald
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 20. 1982 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–7, 4–6
Winner 17. 1983 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–5, 7–6
Winner 18. 1983 Brussels, Belgium Carpet Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Sweden Hans Simonsson
Sweden Mats Wilander
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 21. 1983 Munich WCT, Germany Carpet Switzerland Heinz Günthardt South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
5–7, 6–2, 1–6
Winner 19. 1983 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt France Henri Leconte
France Yannick Noah
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 22. 1983 Bournemouth, England Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–7, 5–7
Winner 20. 1983 Hamburg, Germany Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Australia Mark Edmondson
United States Brian Gottfried
7–6, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 21. 1983 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 23. 1984 Hamburg, Germany Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Anders Järryd
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 24. 1984 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
6–7, 5–7
Runner-up 25. 1984 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard United States Sandy Mayer Paraguay Francisco González
United States Matt Mitchell
6–4, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 26. 1984 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Poland Wojtek Fibak
United States Sandy Mayer
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 27. 1985 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 0–6
Winner 22. 1985 La Quinta, United States Hard Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 28. 1985 Hamburg, Germany Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Chile Hans Gildemeister
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
6–1, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 23. 1985 Wimbledon, London Grass Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Australia Pat Cash
Australia John Fitzgerald
6–4, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 29. 1985 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay United States David Graham Chile Hans Gildemeister
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
3–6, 6–1, 4–6
Winner 24. 1986 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Paul Annacone
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
6–4, 1–6, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 30. 1988 Saint-Vincent, Italy Clay Italy Paolo Canè Argentina Alberto Mancini
Argentina Christian Miniussi
4–6, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 25. 1988 Vienna, Austria Carpet Austria Alex Antonitsch United States Kevin Curren
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 31. 1989 Milan, Italy Carpet Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
United States John McEnroe
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 32. 1989 Nice, France Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt West Germany Ricki Osterthun
West Germany Udo Riglewski
6–7, 7–6, 1–6
Winner 26. 1989 Munich, Germany Clay Spain Javier Sánchez Australia Peter Doohan
Australia Laurie Warder
7–6, 6–7, 7–6
Runner-up 33. 1990 Brussels, Belgium Carpet Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević Spain Emilio Sánchez
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Živojinović
5–7, 3–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Árvay, Sándor (2009-01-05). "Bajnokaink" [Our champions] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Magyar Tenisz Szövetség [Hungarian Tennis Association]. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 

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