David Wheaton

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David Wheaton
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Country  United States
Residence Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota
Born (1969-06-02) June 2, 1969 (age 45)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 1988
Retired 2001
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $5,238,401
Singles
Career record 232–191
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 12 (July 22, 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1990)
French Open 3R (1995)
Wimbledon SF (1991)
US Open QF (1990)
Doubles
Career record 157–122
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 24 (June 24, 1991)
Last updated on: November 27, 2012.

David Wheaton (born June 2, 1969) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Minneapolis, Wheaton married in 2009.

Tennis career[edit]

Wheaton played in his first tournament at age eight, and won the Minnesota State High School tennis title in 1984, as a ninth grader.

Juniors[edit]

In 1987, he won the US Open junior title and was ranked the No. 1 junior player in the US. In 1988, he helped Stanford University's tennis team win the NCAA team title.

Pro tour[edit]

Wheaton turned professional in 1988 and won his first top-level singles title in 1990 at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. He was also runner-up in the 1990 US Open men's doubles.

The most significant highlights of his career came in 1991. He won the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, beating Michael Chang in straight sets in the final 7–5, 6–2, 6–4. He also reached the semi-finals of the men's singles at Wimbledon (beating Andre Agassi in the quarter-finals before being knocked-out by Boris Becker), and was a men's doubles runner-up at the Australian Open (partnering with his former Stanford team-mate Patrick McEnroe). Wheaton reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 12 in July 1991.

During his career, Wheaton won three top-level singles and three tour doubles titles. His career prize-money earnings total US$5,238,401. He retired from the professional tour in 2001 following a series of injuries during the late 1990s.

After retirement[edit]

Since retiring from the tour, Wheaton has shifted toward a different career as a Christian radio talk-show host and producer of The Christian Worldview, a live call-in talk radio program on KKMS (AM 980) in Minneapolis/St. Paul and 165 other stations in the US, including Sirius satellite ch. 161, plus internet streaming at AFR.NET. The program offers a biblical perspective on current events, culture and faith. He hosts shows on other radio programs, too. He has done public speaking, and at times he writes about tennis for articles appearing in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Wheaton authored the book, (University Of Destruction: Your Game Plan For Spiritual Victory On Campus).

He served on the board of directors of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) through 2006. Currently, he plays in professional tournaments on the senior tour, and he won the Wimbledon men's 35 doubles championship title in 2004, and was runner-up in 2005 and 2006.

Masters Series singles finals[edit]

Runner-ups[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1991 Miami United States Jim Courier 6–4, 3–6, 4–6

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