Pavel Složil

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Pavel Složil
Medal record
Tennis
Competitor for  Czechoslovakia
Summer Universiade
Gold 1977 Sofia Doubles
Gold 1977 Sofia Mixed Doubles

Pavel Složil (born 29 December 1955, in Opava, Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic) is a former professional tennis player from Czechoslovakia.

Složil enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing doubles. During his career he won 32 doubles titles and finished runner-up an additional 29 times, including at the French Open in 1984.

Slozil and his partner, Renata Tomanová (also from Czechoslovakia), won the 1978 French Open Mixed Doubles Championship, defeating Virginia Ruzici (Romania) and Patrice Dominguez (France). The mixed doubles championship was an important event in those days, contested by top players, with John McEnroe and Mary Carillo having won the year before.

In 1985, Složil achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 4.

Složil participated in 11 Davis Cup ties for Czechoslovakia from 1978 to 1986, posting a 7–2 record in doubles and a 4–2 record in singles. He was a member of the winning Czech Davis Cup team in 1980, along with teammates Ivan Lendl, Tomáš Šmíd and Jan Kodeš.

Složil served as Steffi Graf's coach from mid-1986 until the end of 1991. Shortly after the start of his tenure as Graf's coach, she had her Grand Slam breakthrough year in 1987, winning six tournaments and then defeating Martina Navratilova in the French Open. Graf went on to be a finalist at Wimbledon and the US Open, losing both times to Navratilova. The next year, Graf achieved a calendar year's Grand Slam, a feat performed only twice before. She also won the 1988 Olympics singles and the Wimbledon Ladies doubles that same year.

From 1987 through 1991, coached by Složil, Graf won ten Grand Slam singles championships, winning the Australian Open (1988–89-90), the French Open (1987–88), Wimbledon (1988–89-91) and the U.S. Open (1988–89), plus numerous side tournaments.

He subsequently served as coach for Jennifer Capriati, Anna Kournikova and Magdalena Maleeva between 1992 and 1999. In 2002, he began work at the World Tennis Club in Naples, Florida. He serves there as Tennis Director and continues to teach tennis to a wide range of players.

Doubles titles (32)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1978 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Czechoslovakia Pavel Hutka United States Mike Fishbach
New Zealand Chris Lewis
7–6, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 1978 Madrid, Spain Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Poland Wojtek Fibak
Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš
7–6, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 1979 Nice, France Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Australia Peter McNamara
Australia Paul McNamee
1–6, 6–3, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 1979 Florence, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Adriano Panatta
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 1979 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak Switzerland Colin Dowdeswell
South Africa Frew McMillan
4–6, 2–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1979 Cologne, Germany Hard (i) Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Gene Mayer
United States Stan Smith
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 1980 Vienna, Austria Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Italy Gianni Ocleppo
France Christophe Roger-Vasselin
DEF
Runner-up 8. 1980 Barcelona, Spain Clay Hungary Balázs Taróczy United States Steve Denton
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl
2–6, 7–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 1980 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Switzerland Heinz Günthardt United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 1981 Linz, Austria Hard (i) Australia Brad Drewett Sweden Anders Järryd
Sweden Hans Simonsson
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 11. 1981 Nice, France Clay New Zealand Chris Lewis France Yannick Noah
France Pascal Portes
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 1981 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
3–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 1981 Florence, Italy Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez Italy Paolo Bertolucci
Italy Adriano Panatta
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 2. 1981 Boston, U.S. Clay Mexico Raúl Ramírez Chile Hans Gildemeister
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 13. 1981 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay United States Ferdi Taygan Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States Van Winitsky
7–5, 6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 14. 1981 North Conway, U.S. Clay United States Ferdi Taygan Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Australia Peter McNamara
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 1981 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
4–6, 6–3, 2–6
Runner-up 16. 1981 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Switzerland Markus Günthardt Argentina José Luis Clerc
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–7, 7–6, 6–7
Winner 3. 1982 Genova WCT, Italy Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United States Mike Cahill
United Kingdom Buster Mottram
6–7, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 4. 1982 Brussels, Belgium Hard (i) United States Sherwood Stewart United States Tracy Delatte
United States Chris Dunk
6–4, 6–7, 7–5
Winner 5. 1982 Madrid, Spain Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–1, 3–6, 9–7
Winner 6. 1982 Hamburg, Germany Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Sweden Anders Järryd
Sweden Hans Simonsson
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 17. 1982 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Australia Rod Frawley Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 18. 1982 Cap d'Agde WCT, France Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United States Andy Andrews
United States Drew Gitlin
2–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 1982 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Australia Carl Limberger
South Africa Mike Myburg
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 19. 1982 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) United States Fritz Buehning France Henri Leconte
France Yannick Noah
2–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 1982 Vienna, Austria Carpet France Henri Leconte United States Mark Dickson
United States Terry Moor
6–1, 7–6
Winner 9. 1982 Dortmund WCT, Germany Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United States Mike Cahill
Paraguay Francisco González
6–2, 6–7, 6–1
Winner 10. 1982 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd France Jean-Louis Haillet
France Yannick Noah
6–4, 6–4
Winner 11. 1983 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United States Fritz Buehning
United States Brian Teacher
6–2, 6–4
Winner 12. 1983 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd India Anand Amritraj
United States Johan Kriek
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 20. 1983 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) United States Peter Fleming United States Fritz Buehning
United States Tom Gullikson
6–7, 6–4, 6–7
Winner 13. 1983 Milan, Italy Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United States Fritz Buehning
United States Peter Fleming
6–2, 5–7, 6–4
Runner-up 21. 1983 Lisbon, Portugal Clay United States Ferdi Taygan Brazil Carlos Kirmayr
Brazil Cassio Motta
5–7, 4–6
Winner 14. 1983 Madrid, Spain Clay Switzerland Heinz Günthardt Switzerland Markus Günthardt
Hungary Zoltan Kuharszky
6–3, 6–3
Winner 15. 1983 Munich, Germany Clay New Zealand Chris Lewis Sweden Anders Järryd
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 6–2
Winner 16. 1983 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell
Poland Wojtek Fibak
6–7, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 22. 1983 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd India Anand Amritraj
United States Mike Bauer
6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 17. 1983 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell
Hungary Zoltan Kuharszky
7–5, 6–2
Winner 18. 1983 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Sweden Stefan Edberg
Romania Florin Segărceanu
6–1, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 19. 1983 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Switzerland Heinz Günthardt South Africa Bernard Mitton
United States Butch Walts
5–7, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 20. 1984 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Sweden Anders Järryd
Sweden Hans Simonsson
1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 21. 1984 Milan, Italy Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 23. 1984 French Open, Paris Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd France Henri Leconte
France Yannick Noah
4–6, 6–2, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 22. 1984 Washington, D.C., U.S. Clay United States Ferdi Taygan United States Drew Gitlin
United States Blaine Willenborg
7–6, 6–1
Winner 23. 1984 Bordeaux, France Clay United States Blaine Willenborg France Loïc Courteau
France Guy Forget
6–1, 6–4
Winner 24. 1984 Barcelona, Spain Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Argentina Martín Jaite
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
6–2, 6–0
Winner 25. 1984 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Sweden Stefan Edberg
United States Tim Wilkison
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 24. 1984 Wembley, England Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl
2–6, 2–6
Winner 26. 1984 Treviso, Italy Clay United States Tim Wilkison Sweden Jan Gunnarsson
United States Sherwood Stewart
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 25. 1984 Toulouse, France Hard (i) United States Tim Wilkison Sweden Jan Gunnarsson
Denmark Michael Mortensen
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 26. 1984 Masters, New York Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
2–6, 2–6
Winner 27. 1985 Memphis, U.S. Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
1–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 28. 1985 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd United States Vitas Gerulaitis
Australia Paul McNamee
6–4, 6–4
Winner 29. 1985 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Israel Shlomo Glickstein
Israel Shahar Perkiss
6–2, 6–3
Winner 30. 1985 Nice, France Clay Italy Claudio Panatta France Loïc Courteau
France Guy Forget
3–6, 6–3, 8–6
Runner-up 27. 1985 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay Australia Kim Warwick United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 28. 1985 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Chile Ricardo Acuña
Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
6–3, 2–6, 7–9
Winner 31. 1986 Nice, France Clay Switzerland Jakob Hlasek United States Gary Donnelly
United Kingdom Colin Dowdeswell
6–3, 4–6, 11–9
Winner 32. 1986 Saint Vincent, Italy Clay Belgium Libor Pimek United States Bud Cox
Australia Michael Fancutt
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 29. 1986 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Switzerland Jakob Hlasek Czechoslovakia Miloslav Mečíř
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
2–6, 6–3, 4–6

Singles titles (2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1979 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay United States Vitas Gerulaitis 2–6, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1981 Nancy, France Hard (i) Romania Ilie Năstase 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 1983 Delray Beach WCT, U.S. Clay Argentina Guillermo Vilas 1–6, 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. 1984 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) United States Tim Wilkison 1–6, 1–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1985 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay West Germany Michael Westphal 7–5, 6–2

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