November 26, 1966 |
Fort Dix, New Jersey
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two handed backhand)|
|Career record||141–80 (ATP, Grand Prix & Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (April 16, 1990)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1991)|
|French Open||QF (1989)|
|US Open||QF (1989)|
|Career record||19–28 (at ATP, Grand Prix & Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 196 (November 14, 1988)|
Jay Berger (born November 26, 1966) is an American former professional tennis player. He won three singles and one doubles title on the ATP Tour and reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 7 in April 1990.
- 1 Tennis career
- 2 Coaching career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
- 5 Grand Prix and ATP Tour finals (9)
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Berger was the USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion in 1985.. He also won the 1985 Florida State Junior Championship. He had the best finish of any reigning Boys’ 18s National Champion at the US Open during the Open Era when he reached the 4th round in 1985.
Berger was an All-American at Clemson University in 1985 and 1986, where he recorded a 91–22 singles record in two seasons. His 80.5% career winning percentage in singles play places 3rd all-time at Clemson.
Pro tennis career
Berger turned professional in 1986. He played on the tour from 1986–91.
He won his first top-level singles title in 1986 at Buenos Aires. In 1988, he captured both the singles and doubles titles at São Paulo. In March he upset world # 2 Mats Wilander, 6–0, 7–5, in Orlando, Florida. In March 1989 Berger upset world # 3 Boris Becker, 6–1, 6–1, in Indian Wells. In May he upset world # 3 Mats Wilander, 6–3, 6–4, in Rome. In August Berger beat world # 3 Stefan Edberg, 6–4, 6–2, at Indianapolis.
In 1989, Berger reached the quarterfinals at both the French Open and the US Open. He also won the third tour singles title of his career that year at Charleston, South Carolina. Berger was runner-up at the Canadian Open in 1990.
He retired from the professional tour in 1991. Chronic knee injuries forced his retirement.
Halls of Fame and Awards
Berger was inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame in 1993. He was inducted into the Greater Miami-Dade Hall of Fame in 2001. He was also voted "Sportsman of the Year" by the Olympic Committee in 1985, and "Junior Player of the Year" by TENNIS Magazine in 1985.
|Coaching career (1994–)|
|Coaching awards and records|
Big East Coach of the Year 2000, '01
Berger went on to become an assistant coach at Florida International University, where he resumed his studies and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Sports Management in 1994. Berger was the Head Men’s and Women’s tennis coach at the University of Miami, and a USTA National Coach. He was the Big East Coach of the Year for two consecutive years, after leading the Hurricanes to the tennis conference championships in 2000 and 2001.
He and his wife Nadia reside on Key Biscayne, and have four children: daughter Alexandra, and sons Daniel, Jonathan, and Noah. His son Daniel, who played golf and was an All-American at Florida State, is a PGA Tour golfer.
National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Grand Prix and ATP Tour finals (9)
Singles champion (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||November 10, 1986||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Franco Davín||6–3, 6–3|
|2.||October 31, 1988||São Paulo, Brazil||Hard||Horacio de la Peña||6–4, 6–4|
|3.||May 8, 1989||Charleston, USA||Clay||Lawson Duncan||6–4, 6–3|
Singles finalist (4)
- 1987: Buenos Aires (lost to Guillermo Pérez Roldán)
- 1989: Indianapolis (lost to John McEnroe)
- 1989: Itaparica (lost to Martín Jaite)
- 1990: Toronto (lost to Michael Chang)
Doubles champion (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partnering||Opponents in the final||Score|
|2.||October 31, 1988||São Paulo, Brazil||Hard||Horacio de la Peña|| Ricardo Acuña
|5–7, 6–4, 6–3|