Toomas Leius

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Toomas Leius
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Willem Maris and Toomas Leius (r.) (1959)
Country  Soviet Union
Born (1941-08-28) 28 August 1941 (age 73)
Tallinn, Estonia[1]
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1969)
French Open QF (1965)
Wimbledon 3R (1960, 1963)
US Open 2R (1962)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1969)
Wimbledon QF (1963)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1969)
French Open F (1971)
Wimbledon 3R (1967)
Team competitions
Davis Cup FEu (1967, 1969, 1970)

Toomas Leius (born 28 August 1941, also written Lejus) is a former tennis player from Estonia who competed for the Soviet Union.[2]

Career[edit]

Toomas Leius
Medal record
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Men's Tennis
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1970 Turin Mixed Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1965 Budapest Men's Singles
Silver medal – second place 1965 Budapest Men's Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1965 Budapest Mixed Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1970 Turin Men's Singles
Silver medal – second place 1970 Turin Men's Doubles

Leius was the boy's singles champion at the 1959 Wimbledon Championships. He won the Soviet Championships in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1968. Other good performances during his career include reaching the final of the 1964 Queen's Club Championships, which he lost to Roy Emerson, and taking Rod Laver to five sets at the 1969 Heineken Open. He was a gold medalist in the mixed doubles at the 1970 Summer Universiade in Turin, with Tiiu Parmas.

His best performance in the singles draw of a Grand Slam tournament came at the 1965 French Championships, where he made the quarter-finals.[3] He was due to face South African player Cliff Drysdale in the quarter-final but the Soviet delegation made him forfeit the match, in protest against apartheid. Leius and Winnie Shaw were mixed doubles runners-up at the 1971 French Open.

He was a regular fixture in the Soviet Davis Cup team during the 1960s and appeared in a total of 20 ties, from which he managed 23 wins, 17 of them in singles.[4]

Prison[edit]

In the mid-1970s, Leius received an eight-year prison sentence for killing his wife.[5][6] He had strangled her to death after finding her in bed with another man.[7]

Coaching[edit]

Leius worked as a tennis coach after leaving prison and spent some time as captain of the Estonia Fed Cup team.[8]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1971 France French Open United Kingdom Winnie Shaw France Françoise Dürr
France Jean-Claude Barclay
2–6, 4–6

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ATP World Tour: Thomas Lejus
  2. ^ ITF Tennis: Tom Leius
  3. ^ Tennis Archives: Toomas Karlovich Lejus
  4. ^ Davis Cup: Tomas Leius
  5. ^ Brown, Cameron (2005). Wimbledon Facts, Figures & Fun. AAPPL. 
  6. ^ Moscow Times, "Former Soviet Soccer Star Arrested for Killing Woman", 23 September 1997
  7. ^ Taki's Magazine - "Choose Pushkin" - May 30, 2007
  8. ^ Fed Cup - Tie details - 2000 - Estonia v Madagascar