December 23, 1954 |
San Diego, California
|Height||6'3" (190 cm)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (October 19, 1981)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1980)|
|French Open||3R (1978)|
|US Open||4R (1978, 1980)|
|Highest ranking||No. 24 (August 9, 1983)|
|Last updated on: August 21, 2012.|
Teacher is best remembered for his singles championship at the Australian Open in 1980. He won the final over Kim Warwick of Australia in straight sets (7-5, 7-6, 6-2), becoming the first Jewish male to win a singles title in a Grand Slam event since the 1950s.
With his Grand Slam victory, Teacher is one of only five American players in the Open era to have won a single Grand Slam event (along with Chang, Gerulaitis, Roddick and Tanner). Seven more Americans have more than one Slam (Smith, Ashe, Courier, Connors, Agassi, McEnroe and Sampras).
Following his playing career, he became an ATP & WTA touring coach working with, among others, Andre Agassi and Greg Rusedski. Under his tutelage, Rusedski made a run from #85 in the world to the top ten and the U.S. Open finals. Teacher also coached world #1 doubles players Jim Grabb, Richey Renenberg, Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi. On the women's side, he coached WTA tour player Marissa Irvin.
He currently runs the Brian Teacher Tennis Academy in South Pasadena, CA.
Teacher learned both tennis and swimming at the age of five, but concentrated solely on tennis after ear and throat troubles caused him to give up swimming.
In 1972, he won the boys' 18 singles and doubles titles. The following year, Teacher enrolled at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) where he was an All-American from 1973–76, won the Pacific-8 singles and doubles championship in 1974, and was a member of UCLA's NCAA championship teams in 1975-76.
In 1976, just shy of graduating from UCLA with a degree in economics, Teacher turned professional.
He won 8 career singles titles, and 16 doubles titles.
Style of play
He was a terrific player on faster surfaces, where he could use a serve-and-volley attack.
Halls of fame
Teacher was inducted in 2001 into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame, in 2008 into the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame, and he is also a member of the NCAA Tennis Hall of Fame and the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Grand Slam singles final
|Year||Championship||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|1980||Australian Open||Kim Warwick||7–5, 7–6(4), 6–2|
Singles finals (23)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1976||Newport, U.S.||Grass||Vijay Amritraj||3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||1977||Adelaide, Australia||Grass||Victor Amaya||1–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||1977||Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.||Carpet||Bill Scanlon||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||1977||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Grass||Roscoe Tanner||3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||1978||Tokyo Indoor, Japan||Carpet||Björn Borg||3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||1978||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet||Tom Gorman||6–3, 6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||3.||1979||Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.||Grass||Stan Smith||1–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||5.||1980||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Gene Mayer||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||6.||1980||Hong Kong||Hard||Ivan Lendl||7–5, 6–7, 3–6|
|Runner-up||7.||1980||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet||Ivan Lendl||7–6, 3–6, 3–6, 6–7|
|Runner-up||8.||1980||Bangkok, Thailand||Carpet||Vijay Amritraj||3–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||9.||1980||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Grass||Fritz Buehning||3–6, 7–6, 6–7|
|Winner||4.||1980||Australian Open, Melbourne||Grass||Kim Warwick||7–5, 7–6, 6–2|
|Winner||5.||1981||Columbus, Ohio, U.S.||Hard||John Austin||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||10.||1981||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Eliot Teltscher||3–6, 6–7|
|Runner-up||11.||1982||Maui, Hawaii, U.S.||Hard||John Fitzgerald||2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||6.||1982||Dortmund WCT, Germany||Carpet||Wojtek Fibak||6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 2–6, 6–4|
|Winner||7.||1983||Munich WCT, Germany||Carpet||Mark Dickson||1–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||8.||1983||Columbus, Ohio, U.S.||Hard||Bill Scanlon||7–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||12.||1983||Dallas, Texas, U.S.||Hard||Andrés Gómez||7–6, 1–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||13.||1984||Bristol, U.K.||Grass||Johan Kriek||7–6, 6–7, 4–6|
|Runner-up||14.||1984||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Joakim Nyström||4–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||15.||1985||Livingston, U.S.||Hard||Brad Gilbert||6–7, 4–6|
Men's doubles finals (23)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1.||1976||Columbus, U.S.||Hard||William Brown|| Fred McNair
|Runner-up||1.||1978||Miami, U.S.||Clay||Bob Carmichael|| Tom Gullikson
|Winner||2.||1978||Manila, Philippines||Clay||Sherwood Stewart|| Ross Case
|Runner-up||2.||1979||Washington Indoor, U.S.||Carpet||Bob Carmichael|| Robert Lutz
|4–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–7|
|Runner-up||3.||1979||Stuttgart Indoor, Germany||Hard (i)||Bob Carmichael|| Wojtek Fibak
|3–6, 7–5, 6–7|
|Winner||3.||1980||Washington-2, U.S.||Carpet||Ferdi Taygan|| Kevin Curren
|4–6, 6–3, 7–6|
|Runner-up||4.||1980||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Carpet||Bill Scanlon|| Vijay Amritraj
|Winner||4.||1980||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Butch Walts|| Anand Amritraj
|Winner||5.||1980||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Heinz Günthardt
|6–3, 3–6, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||1980||Cincinnati, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Wojtek Fibak
|6–7, 7–5, 6–4|
|Runner-up||5.||1980||Hong Kong||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Peter Fleming
|Winner||7.||1980||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet||Bruce Manson|| John Austin
|Winner||8.||1980||Bangkok, Thailand||Carpet||Ferdi Taygan|| Tom Okker
|Winner||9.||1981||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Terry Moor
|Winner||10.||1981||Frankfurt, Germany||Carpet||Butch Walts|| Vitas Gerulaitis
|7–5, 6–7, 7–5|
|Winner||11.||1981||London/Queen's Club, U.K.||Grass||Pat Du Pré|| Kevin Curren
|3–6, 7–6, 11–9|
|Winner||12.||1981||Columbus, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Anand Amritraj
|Runner-up||6.||1982||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Sherwood Stewart
|1–6, 7–6, 3–6|
|Winner||13.||1982||Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany||Clay||Mark Edmondson|| Andreas Maurer
|Winner||14.||1982||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Fritz Buehning|| Marty Davis
|6–7, 6–2, 7–5|
|Runner-up||7.||1983||Richmond, Virginia, U.S.||Carpet||Fritz Buehning|| Pavel Složil
|Winner||15.||1983||Columbus, U.S.||Hard||Scott Davis|| Anand Amritraj
|6–1, 4–6, 7–6|
|Winner||16.||1983||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Steve Meister|| Andrés Gómez
|6–7, 7–6, 6–2|
- After he retired he completed his undergraduate economics degree, and went on to business school at the University of Southern California.
- He continued successfully as a coach, working with among others Greg Rusedski, Max Mirnyi, and doubles teams of Knowles/Nestor and Grabb/Reneberg.
- He is married and has two children.
- San Diego District Tennis Association: Brian Teacher (1954- )
- Dan Magill, Magill: Teacher joins Californian Hall contingent, Athens Banner-Herald, May 19, 2001.
- ITA Men's Hall of Fame
- Archived November 4, 2011 at the Wayback Machine