Leif Shiras

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Leif Shiras
Country  United States
Residence Laguna Hills, California
Born (1959-08-21) 21 August 1959 (age 54)
Norwalk, Connecticut
Height 6' (183 cm)
Turned pro 1981
Retired 1991
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $467,156
Singles
Career record 71–102
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 31 (30 July 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1985)
French Open 2R (1990)
Wimbledon 4R (1989)
US Open 2R (1989)
Doubles
Career record 49–90
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 57 (17 October 1988)

George Livingston "Leif" Shiras (born August 21, 1959, in Norwalk, Connecticut) is a former professional tennis player from the United States and now a tennis journalist.

Personal life[edit]

Shiras attended high school at Shorewood High School in Shorewood, Wisconsin.[1]

Prior to his professional career, Shiras played tennis at Princeton University, where he was an NCAA All-American in 1979 and 1980.

Tennis career[edit]

During his career as a player, Shiras reached one top-level final – at the Queen's Club Championships in 1984, where he lost to John McEnroe 1–6, 6–3, 2–6 (having beaten Ivan Lendl in the first round). His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came at Wimbledon in 1989, where he reached the fourth round. His career-high ranking was World No. 31 in singles (in 1984) and World No. 57 in doubles in (in 1988).

Shiras retired from the professional tour in 1990. Since then, he has worked as a tennis journalist, primarily as a commentator for the Tennis Channel, British Sky Sports and Fox Sports. In 1993, he moved from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to where he currently resides, in Laguna Hills, California, with his two sons, Emmett and Austin, and his wife Maria.

In 1995, Shiras won the Wimbledon over-35 men's doubles title (partnering Paul McNamee).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doyle, Candace. "Serving up fund-raiser", Greater Milwaukee Today, May 26, 2004. Accessed September 17, 2007. "He attended Shorewood High School, Shorewood Intermediate School and Lake Bluff Elementary School."

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