Christo van Rensburg

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Christo van Rensburg
Country South Africa South Africa
 South Africa
Residence Austin, TX, USA
Born (1962-10-23) 23 October 1962 (age 51)
Uitenhage, South Africa
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 1997
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,928,431
Singles
Career record 166–160
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 19 (29 February 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (1989)
Wimbledon 4R (1986, 1989)
US Open 4R (1990)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (1992)
Doubles
Career record 297–216
Career titles 20
Highest ranking No. 5 (4 May 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1985)
French Open QF (1985)
Wimbledon SF (1986)
US Open SF (1989)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals SF (1986)

Christo van Rensburg (born 23 October 1962 in Uitenhage, South Africa) is a former professional tennis player from South Africa.

Van Rensburg turned professional in 1983. He won his first tour doubles title later that year at Cleveland.

Van Rensburg won 20 top-level doubles titles during his career, including one Grand Slam men's doubles title at the Australian Open in 1985, partnering Paul Annacone. He also won two ATP singles titles at Orlando in 1987, and at Johannesburg in 1989. Van Rensburg's career-high rankings were World No. 19 in singles (achieved in 1988) and World No. 5 in doubles (achieved in 1987). His career prize money totalled $1,928,431. He retired from the professional tour in 1995.

Van Rensburg is one of only two men to beat Pete Sampras in straight sets at Wimbledon (doing so in 1990, where Sampras was the No. 12 seed), the other being 1996 Champion Richard Krajicek.

Singles finals (6)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Championship Series (0–0)
ATP Tour (2–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 22 March 1987 Orlando Hard United States Jimmy Connors 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 14 November 1988 Johannesburg Hard (i) Switzerland Jakob Hlasek 7–6, 4–6, 1–6, 6–7
Runner-up 2. 18 June 1989 London (Queen's Club) Grass Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 19 November 1989 Johannesburg Hard (i) United States Paul Chamberlin 6–4, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 8 April 1990 Orlando Hard United States Brad Gilbert 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 13 October 1991 Tel Aviv Hard Mexico Leonardo Lavalle 2–6, 6–3, 3–6

Doubles finals (32)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (19)
Titles by Surface
Hard (9)
Clay (4)
Grass (3)
Carpet (4)
Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1983 Cleveland, United States Hard South Africa Mike Myburg Paraguay Francisco González
United States Matt Mitchell
7–6, 7–5
Winner 2. 1984 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass United States Paul Annacone United States Tom Gullikson
United States Scott McCain
7–6, 7–5
Winner 3. 1985 Delray Beach, United States Hard United States Paul Annacone United States Sherwood Stewart
Australia Kim Warwick
7–5, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 4. 1985 Atlanta, United States Carpet United States Paul Annacone United States Steve Denton
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 1985 Las Vegas, United States Hard United States Paul Annacone Australia Pat Cash
Australia John Fitzgerald
6–7, 7–6, 6–7
Runner-up 2. 1985 Newport, United States Grass United States Paul Annacone Australia Peter Doohan
United States Sammy Giammalva Jr.
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 1985 Los Angeles, United States Hard United States Paul Annacone United States Scott Davis
United States Robert Van't Hof
3–6, 6–7
Winner 5. 1985 San Francisco, United States Carpet United States Paul Annacone United States Brad Gilbert
United States Sandy Mayer
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. 1985 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell Israel Amos Mansdorf
Israel Shahar Perkiss
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Winner 7. 1985 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass United States Paul Annacone Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
3–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 1986 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet United States Paul Annacone Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
4–6, 6–1, 6–7, 7–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1986 Stratton Mountain, United States Hard United States Paul Annacone United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 8. 1986 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard United States Mike De Palmer Ecuador Andrés Gómez
United States Sherwood Stewart
3–6, 6–2, 7–6
Winner 9. 1987 Key Biscayne, United States Hard United States Paul Annacone United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
6–2, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1987 Orlando, United States Hard United States Paul Annacone United States Sherwood Stewart
Australia Kim Warwick
6–2, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 10. 1987 Chicago, United States Carpet United States Paul Annacone United States Mike De Palmer
United States Gary Donnelly
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 7. 1988 Paris Indoor, France Carpet United States Jim Grabb United States Paul Annacone
Australia John Fitzgerald
2–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 1989 Memphis, United States Hard (i) United States Paul Annacone United States Scott Davis
United States Tim Wilkison
7–6, 6–7, 6–1
Winner 12. 1989 Philadelphia, United States Carpet United States Paul Annacone United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 8. 1989 Scottsdale, United States Hard United States Paul Annacone United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
7–6, 3–6, 2–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 1989 San Francisco, United States Carpet United States Paul Annacone South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
4–6, 3–6
Winner 13. 1990 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) South Africa Stefan Kruger South Africa Neil Broad
South Africa Gary Muller
4–6, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 14. 1990 Tel-Aviv, Israel Hard Nigeria Nduka Odizor Sweden Ronnie Båthman
Sweden Rikard Bergh
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 1991 Singapore Hard South Africa Stefan Kruger Canada Grant Connell
Canada Glenn Michibata
4–6, 7–5, 6–7
Runner-up 11. 1992 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet Germany Patrick Baur Australia John Fitzgerald
Australia Sandon Stolle
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 12. 1993 Marseille, France Carpet United States Ivan Lendl France Arnaud Boetsch
France Olivier Delaître
3–6, 6–7
Winner 15. 1993 Osaka, Japan Hard United States Mark Keil Canada Glenn Michibata
United States David Pate
7–6, 6–3
Winner 16. 1993 Newport, United States Grass Argentina Javier Frana Zimbabwe Byron Black
United States Jim Pugh
4–6, 6–1, 7–6
Winner 17. 1994 Birmingham, United States Clay United States Richey Reneberg United States Brian MacPhie
United States David Witt
2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 18. 1995 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay United States Vincent Spadea Czech Republic Jiří Novák
Czech Republic David Rikl
6–3, 6–3
Winner 19. 1996 Atlanta, United States Clay United States David Wheaton United States Bill Behrens
United States Matt Lucena
7–6, 6–2
Winner 20. 1996 Bologna, Italy Clay South Africa Brent Haygarth Morocco Karim Alami
Hungary Gábor Köves
6–1, 6–4

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