Wally Masur

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Wally Masur
Country  Australia
Residence Sydney, Australia
Born (1963-05-15) 15 May 1963 (age 51)
Southampton, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1982
Retired 1995
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,134,718
Singles
Career record 328–287 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 15 (11 October 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1987)
French Open 3R (1991)
Wimbledon 4R (1988, 1992, 1993)
US Open SF (1993)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (1988)
Doubles
Career record 285–211 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 16
Highest ranking No. 8 (12 April 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1993)
French Open SF (1988, 1992)
Wimbledon QF (1988, 1992)
US Open 2R (1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993)
Last updated on: 23 October 2012.

Wally Masur (born 13 May 1963, in Southampton, England) is a tennis coach, television commentator, and former professional tennis player from Sydney, Australia. He reached the semi-finals of the 1987 Australian Open and the 1993 US Open, achieving a career-high singles ranking of World No. 15 in October 1993.

Tennis career[edit]

Masur began playing tennis at the age of 8.

Juniors[edit]

In 1980, he reached the final of the Australian Open boys' singles tournament and won the boys' doubles title.

Tournament 1979 1980 1981
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 2R F U
French Open A 3R 3R
Wimbledon A QF 3R
US Open A A QF

Pro tour[edit]

Masur turned professional in 1982. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[1]

In 1983, Masur won his first top-level singles title at Hong Kong, and his first tour doubles title at Taipei. He also reached quarter-finals of that year's Australian Open, before being knocked out by John McEnroe.

In 1987, Masur won his second career singles title at Adelaide and reached the Australian Open semi-finals, where he lost to eventual champion Stefan Edberg.

Masur won his third singles title in 1988 at Newport, Rhode Island.

In 1990, Masur helped Australia reach the final of the Davis Cup, compiling a 6–0 record in singles rubbers in the first round, quarter-finals and semi-finals. However he was left out of the team that played the United States in the final by captain Neale Fraser. The decision to leave Masur out of the final was fairly controversial at the time given the very significant role that he had played in getting Australia there, but was principally because the final was to be played on clay courts, which was not Masur's best surface. The US beat Australia 3–2 in the final.

1993 was possibly the best year of Masur's career. He reached the semi-finals of that year's US Open, where he lost to Cédric Pioline. He also reached his career-high rankings in both singles (World No. 15) and doubles (World No. 8) that year. He captured doubles titles in Milan and Stuttgart that year, which proved to be the final top-level titles of his career.

Masur retired from the professional tour in 1995, having won 3 singles titles and 16 doubles titles. His career prize-money totalled $3,134,718.

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 11 (3 titles – 8 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (6–5)
Year-End Championships (1–1)
ATP Masters Series (4–5)
ATP Championship Series (8–4)
ATP Grand Prix (22–21)
Outcome Nr. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 6 October 1983 Hong Kong Hardcourt United States Sammy Giammalva 6–1, 6–1
Winner 2. January 1987 Adelaide Grass United States Bill Scanlon 6–4, 7–6
Winner 3. 10 July 1988 Newport Grass Australia Brad Drewett 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 5 November 1984 Taipei Carpet (i) United States Brad Gilbert 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 13 January 1985 Auckland Hardcourt New Zealand Chris Lewis 7–5, 6–0, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 29 March 1987 Nancy Carpet (i) Australia Pat Cash 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 3 January 1988 Adelaide Hardcourt Australia Mark Woodforde 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 4 March 1990 Memphis Hardcourt (i) West Germany Michael Stich 7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 7 April 1991 Hong Kong Hardcourt Netherlands Richard Krajicek 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 13 June 1993 Rosmalen Grass France Arnaud Boetsch 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 20 June 1993 Manchester Grass Australia Jason Stoltenberg 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 24 (16 titles – 8 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Nr. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 November 1983 Taipei Carpet (i) Australia Kim Warwick Australia Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
7–6, 6–4
Winner 2. 21 October 1984 Melbourne Indoor Carpet (i) Australia Broderick Dyke Australia Peter Johnston
Australia John McCurdy
6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 23 December 1984 Adelaide Grass Australia Broderick Dyke Australia Peter Doohan
South Africa Brian Levine
4–6, 7–5, 6–1
Winner 4. 30 December 1984 Melbourne Outdoor Grass Australia Broderick Dyke United States Mike Bauer
United States Scott McCain
6–7, 6–3, 7–6
Winner 5. 12 January 1986 Auckland Hardcourt Australia Broderick Dyke United States Karl Richter
United States Rick Rudeen
6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. 27 July 1986 Livingston Hardcourt United States Bob Green United States Sammy Giammalva
United States Greg Holmes
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. 27 November 1988 Brussels Indoor Carpet (i) Netherlands Tom Nijssen Australia John Fitzgerald
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
7–5, 7–6
Winner 8. 15 January 1989 Sydney Hardcourt Australia Darren Cahill South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
6–4 6–3
Winner 9. 6 August 1989 Stratton Mountain Hardcourt Australia Mark Kratzmann South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
6–3, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 10. 15 April 1990 Tokyo Hardcourt Australia Mark Kratzmann United States Kent Kinnear
United States Brad Pearce
6–4, 6–3
Winner 11. 29 April 1990 Hong Kong Hardcourt Australia Pat Cash United States Kevin Curren
United States Joey Rive
6–3, 6–3
Winner 12. 11 February 1991 San Francisco Hardcourt (i) Australia Jason Stoltenberg Sweden Ronnie Båthman
Sweden Rikard Bergh
4–6, 7–6, 6–4
Winner 13. 21 July 1991 Stuttgart Clay Spain Emilio Sánchez Italy Omar Camporese
Croatia Goran Ivanišević
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 14. 18 August 1991 New Haven Hardcourt CzechoslovakiaPetr Korda United States Jeff Brown
United States Scott Melville
7–5, 6–3
Winner 15. 14 February 1993 Milan Carpet (i) Australia Mark Kratzmann Netherlands Tom Nijssen
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 16. 21 February 1993 Stuttgart Indoor Hardcourt (i) Australia Mark Kratzmann United States Steve DeVries
Australia David Macpherson
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 1. 29 April 1984 Aix-En-Provence Hardcourt New Zealand Chris Lewis Australia Pat Cash
Australia Paul McNamee
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 7 October 1984 Brisbane Carpet (i) Australia Broderick Dyke Paraguay Francisco González
United States Matt Mitchell
6–7, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 13 January 1985 Auckland Hardcourt Australia Broderick Dyke New Zealand Chris Lewis
Australia John Fitzgerald
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 31 March 1985 Milan Carpet (i) Australia Broderick Dyke Sweden Heinz Günthardt
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 20 October 1985 Sydney Grass Australia Broderick Dyke Australia David Dowlen
Nigeria Nduka Odizor
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 6. 11 May 1986 Munich Clay Australia Broderick Dyke Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 22 June 1986 Bristol Grass Australia Mark Edmondson Australia Christo Steyn
South Africa Danie Visser
6–7, 7–6, 12–10
Runner-up 8. 11 October 1987 Queensland Open Hardcourt (i) Australia Broderick Dyke United States Matt Anger
Australia Kelly Evernden
7–6, 6–2

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