Byron Black

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Byron Black
Country  Zimbabwe
Residence Harare, Zimbabwe
Born (1969-10-06) 6 October 1969 (age 44)
Salisbury, Rhodesia
Height 5'9" (175 cm)
Turned pro 1991
Retired 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money $5,159,775
Singles
Career record 257-246 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 22 (29 April 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (1998)
French Open 3R (1999)
Wimbledon QF (2000)
US Open QF (1995)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (1996)
Doubles
Career record 328-201 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 22
Highest ranking No. 1 (14 February 1994)
Last updated on: 23 March 2012.

Byron Black (born 6 October 1969 in Salisbury, Rhodesia – now Harare, Zimbabwe) is a former touring professional tennis and Davis Cup player for Zimbabwe.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Donald Black and Velia Black and brother to Wayne Black and Cara, who were also professional tennis players. He attended the University of Southern California and was named and an All-American by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).[1]

Tennis career[edit]

Black started playing tennis at a young age at his father’s grass court in Highlands, and played the game for Prince Edward School in his hometown. He played for the tennis team when he moved to the Oriel Boys High School, where he was exposed to other future Davis Cup players for Zimbabwe like Greig Rodgers and Mark Gurr.

Juniors[edit]

Tournament 1986 1987
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open NH A
French Open 1R 3R
Wimbledon 1R QF
US Open 3R A

Pro tour[edit]

In 1995 Black was a US Open quarter-finalist and in 2000 he reached the same round at Wimbledon. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 22, which he achieved in June 1996.

An accomplished doubles player, Black became World No. 1 in doubles in February 1994. He won the 1994 French Open partnering Jonathan Stark. Black was a doubles finalist in three other majors, the 1994 and 2001 Australian Opens and 1996 Wimbledon.

Black is one of the few professional players to have played with a double-handed forehand.[2]

Black formed the core of the Zimbabwean Davis Cup team with his brother Wayne.

Doubles Titles (22–19)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1–3)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (5–5)
ATP Championship Series (3–4)
ATP Tour (13–7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (14–12)
Clay (4–2)
Grass (1–2)
Carpet (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 20 April 1992 Hong Kong Hard South Africa Byron Talbot United States Brad Gilbert
United States Jim Grabb
2–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 5 April 1993 Durban, South Africa Hard South Africa Lan Bale South Africa Johan De Beer
South Africa Marcos Ondruska
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 12 July 1993 Newport, United States Grass United States Jim Pugh Argentina Javier Frana
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
6–4, 1–6, 6–7
Winner 2. 26 July 1993 Washington, D.C., United States Hard United States Rick Leach Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 30 August 1993 Schenectady, United States Hard New Zealand Brett Steven Germany Bernd Karbacher
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
6–2, 6–7, 1–6
Winner 3. 4 October 1993 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Brad Pearce
United States Dave Randall
3–6, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 4. 11 October 1993 Toulouse, France Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark Germany David Prinosil
Germany Udo Riglewski
7–5, 7–6
Winner 5. 25 October 1993 Vienna, Austria Carpet United States Jonathan Stark United States Mike Bauer
Germany David Prinosil
6–3, 7–6
Winner 6. 8 November 1993 Paris, France Carpet United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Tom Nijssen
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
4–6, 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 10 January 1994 Adelaide, Australia Hard South Africa David Adams Australia Mark Kratzmann
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 31 January 1994 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 3–6, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 7 February 1994 San Jose, United States Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Rick Leach
United States Jared Palmer
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 14 February 1994 Memphis, United States Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Jim Grabb
United States Jared Palmer
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 28 February 1994 Indian Wells, United States Hard United States Jonathan Stark Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
5–7, 3–6
Winner 8. 6 June 1994 French Open, Paris Clay United States Jonathan Stark Sweden Jan Apell
Sweden Jonas Björkman
6–4, 7–6
Winner 9. 1 August 1994 Toronto, Canada Hard United States Jonathan Stark United States Patrick McEnroe
United States Jared Palmer
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 10 October 1994 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 9. 17 October 1994 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Hard United States Jonathan Stark Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 7 November 1994 Paris, France Carpet United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
6–3, 6–7, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 9 January 1995 Adelaide, Australia Hard Canada Grant Connell United States Jim Courier
Australia Patrick Rafter
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 15 May 1995 Hamburg, Germany Clay Russia Andrei Olhovskiy South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
1–6, 6–7
Winner 10. 29 May 1995 Bologna, Italy Clay United States Jonathan Stark Belgium Libor Pimek
United States Vince Spadea
7–5, 6–3
Winner 11. 13 November 1995 Moscow, Russia Carpet United States Jonathan Stark United States Tommy Ho
New Zealand Brett Steven
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 12. 19 February 1996 Dubai, UAE Hard Canada Grant Connell Czech Republic Karel Nováček
Czech Republic Jiří Novák
6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 13. 4 March 1996 Philadelphia, United States Carpet Canada Grant Connell Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 15 April 1996 New Delhi, India Hard Australia Sandon Stolle Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 20 May 1996 Rome, Italy Clay United States Jonathan Stark Belgium Libor Pimek
South Africa Byron Talbot
6–2, 6–3
Winner 14. 24 June 1996 Halle, Germany Grass Canada Grant Connell Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 15. 8 July 1996 Wimbledon, England Grass Canada Grant Connell Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–4, 1–6, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 15. 19 August 1996 New Haven, United States Hard Canada Grant Connell Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 19 May 1997 Rome, Italy Clay United States Alex O'Brien The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 16. 13 April 1998 Hong Kong Hard United States Alex O'Brien South Africa Neville Godwin
Finland Tuomas Ketola
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 17. 1 March 1999 London, England Carpet South Africa Wayne Ferreira United Kingdom Tim Henman
United Kingdom Greg Rusedski
3–6, 6–7(6)
Winner 17. 2 August 1999 Los Angeles, United States Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Croatia Goran Ivanišević
United States Brian MacPhie
6–2, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 18. 9 August 1999 Montreal, Canada Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Patrick Rafter
6–7(5), 4–6
Winner 18. 16 August 1999 Cincinnati, United States Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–3, 7–6(6)
Winner 19. 1 November 1999 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) Sweden Jonas Björkman South Africa David Adams
South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
6–7(6), 7–6(2), 6–0
Winner 20. 28 February 2000 Mexico City, Mexico Clay United States Donald Johnson Argentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Martín Rodríguez
6–3, 7–5
Winner 21. 8 January 2001 Chennai, India Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United Kingdom Barry Cowan
Italy Mosé Navarra
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 29 January 2001 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Germany David Prinosil Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
1–6, 7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 22. 24 September 2001 Shanghai, China Hard Japan Thomas Shimada South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
South Africa Robbie Koenig
6–2, 3–6, 7–5

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R F 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R F 3R 0 / 11 18–11
French Open A A A 1R 1R W 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 1 / 11 12–10
Wimbledon A A 2R 1R QF 3R 3R F 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 12 17–12
U.S. Open 2R A A 1R 2R 3R QF 1R 1R 3R SF 1R 2R A 0 / 11 14–11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 45 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–4 4–4 15–3 6–4 7–4 3–4 2–4 6–4 4–4 6–4 5–3 N/A 61–44
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NME 2R A A A F 2R SF 2R 2R 1R 1R QF A 0 / 9 9–8
Miami NME A A A SF SF SF SF QF 3R 1R QF 2R A 0 / 9 17–9
Monte Carlo NME A A A A A 2R A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Rome NME A A A A A 1R W F A A QF A A 1 / 4 11–3
Hamburg NME A A A A A F A A A A 2R A A 0 / 2 4–2
Canada NME A A A 2R W 2R QF 1R 1R F A 1R A 1 / 8 9–7
Cincinnati NME A A A A QF SF QF 1R 1R W A 2R A 1 / 7 10–6
Stuttgart (Stockholm) NME A A A A A QF 2R A 1R W A A A 1 / 4 5–3
Paris NME A A A W F 2R SF 1R 2R 2R 1R A A 1/ 8 11–7
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 3 1 / 5 0 / 9 1 / 7 0 / 6 0 / 6 2 / 6 0 / 5 0 / 4 0 / 0 5 / 52 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 1–0 0–0 0–0 9–2 14–4 9–9 12–6 6–6 4–6 13–4 5–5 3–4 0–0 N/A 76–46
Year End Ranking 586 381 149 90 5 6 18 4 70 70 10 53 34 106 N/A

A = did not attend tournament

Singles finals (10)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 8 January 1996 Adelaide, Australia Hard Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-7, 6-3, 1-6
Runner-up 2. 15 April 1996 New Delhi, India Hard Sweden Thomas Enqvist 2-6, 6-7
Winner 1. 29 April 1996 Seoul, South Korea Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 13 April 1998 Hong Kong Hard Denmark Kenneth Carlsen 2-6, 0-6
Runner-up 4. 20 April 1998 Tokyo, Japan Hard Romania Andrei Pavel 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 5. 22 June 1998 Nottingham, England Grass Sweden Jonas Björkman 3-6, 2-6
Winner 2. 12 April 1999 Chennai, India Hard Germany Rainer Schüttler 6–4, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 15 November 1999 Moscow, Russia Carpet Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-7, 4-6
Runner-up 7. 21 February 2000 Memphis, USA Hard (i) Sweden Magnus Larsson 2-6, 6-1, 3-6
Runner-up 8. 26 June 2000 Nottingham, England Grass France Sébastien Grosjean 6-7, 3-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ATP Player Profile". ATP. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  2. ^ http://2012.itftennis.com/es/jugadores/jugador/perfil.aspx?playerid=10000147

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