Eddie Edwards (tennis)

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Eddie Edwards (born 3 July 1956 in Johannesburg) is a retired professional tour tennis player.

The right-handed Edwards was a tour regular from the mid-1970s to the end of 1987. He played in singles a total of 112 grand prix (including World Championship Tennis events) and 24 grand slam tournaments. His best results were on grass, reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon in 1986 and winning the Adelaide grand prix event in 1985.[1][2] He reached his high ranking of World No. 42 on 14 July 1986.[3]

Edwards's career singles record for grand prix and grand slam events was 87 wins and 135 defeats.[3] He also won three doubles titles on tour - Bournemouth in 1980 partnering compatriot Lennert Edwards, Melbourne in 1982 partnering Englishman Jonathan Smith, and Bristol Open in 1985, partnering compatriot Danie Visser. Edwards also reached doubles finals in 1981 in Adelaide and at the Stuttgart Indoor with Craig Edwards of Los Angeles as his partner, 1985 in Livingston with Visser, and 1986 in Chicago and Newport with Paraguayan Francisco González.[4] He reached a career high doubles ranking of World No. 40 in July 1988.[5] He also partnered American Andy Andrews and won numerous tour doubles titles.

Edwards played college tennis from 1978 through 1980 and earned All-American honors each year while attending Pepperdine University.[6] He had 62 career match wins and an .805 winning percentage (62-15) at Pepperdine.


  1. ^ Sarni, Jim (1986-06-29). "Becker's Choice Was Soccer's Loss – Tennis' Gain". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  2. ^ "SA Open win breaks five-year drought for Edwards". The Age. 1985-12-23. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  3. ^ a b "Eddie Edwards". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  4. ^ "Eddie Edwards: Career Titles/Finals". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  5. ^ "Eddie Edwards: South African Airways ATP Rankings History". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  6. ^ Pepperdine Tennis Records Book: 2010–11 Men's Tennis (PDF). Pepperdine University. 2010. p. 7. Retrieved 2010-12-29.