|Country (sports)||United States|
December 23, 1954 |
San Diego, California
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (October 19, 1981)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1980)|
|French Open||3R (1978)|
|US Open||4R (1978, 1980)|
|Highest ranking||No. 24 (August 9, 1983)|
Teacher is best remembered for his singles championship at the Australian Open in 1980. His career-high world singles ranking was No. 7 in 1981, and his world doubles ranking was No. 5, both in 1981. He won 8 career singles titles, and 16 doubles titles.
Following his playing career, he became an ATP & WTA touring coach. He currently runs the Brian Teacher Tennis Academy in South Pasadena, California.
- 1 Early and personal life
- 2 Tennis career
- 3 Grand Slam singles final
- 4 Career finals
- 5 Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
- 6 Miscellaneous
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early and personal life
Teacher was born in San Diego, California, and is Jewish. In 1979 he married fellow California player Kathy May, also a Top 10 tennis player, and the great-granddaughter of David May, founder of The May Department Stores Company (now Macy's), though they subsequently divorced.
Junior, high school, and college
In 1972, he won the boys' 18 singles and doubles titles. At the University of California-Los Angeles, he won the Pacific-8 singles and doubles championship in 1974, was an All-American from 1973–76, and was a member of the UCLA teams that won the NCAA championship in 1975 and 1976. Teacher turned professional before acquiring his degree.
He reached the finals in the South Australian and New South Wales Opens in 1977. In 1978, at the Seiko World Super Tennis Tournament in Tokyo, Teacher upset UCLA graduates Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe before losing in the final to Björn Borg 6–3, 6–4.
In 1980, he won the Australian Open, becoming the second Jewish player to win a men's Grand Slam Singles event (after Dick Savitt). He won the final over Kim Warwick of Australia in straight sets. With his Grand Slam victory, Teacher is one of only five American male players in the Open era to have won a single Grand Slam event (along with Michael Chang, Vitas Gerulaitis, Andy Roddick, and Roscoe Tanner). Seven more Americans have more than one Slam (Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, Jim Courier, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, and Pete Sampras).
His career-high world singles ranking was No. 7 in 1981, and his world doubles ranking was No. 5, both in 1981.
He won 8 career singles titles, and 16 doubles titles.
Halls of fame
Teacher was inducted in 2001 into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame, in 2008 into the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame, and he is also a member of the NCAA Tennis Hall of Fame and the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. In 2014 he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. On September 20, 2015, Teacher was inducted into the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame.
Following his playing career, he became an ATP & WTA touring coach working with, among others, Andre Agassi and Greg Rusedski. Under his tutelage, Rusedski made a run from #85 in the world to the top ten and the U.S. Open finals. Teacher also coached world #1 doubles players Jim Grabb, Richey Renenberg, Daniel Nestor, and Max Mirnyi. On the women's side, he coached WTA tour player Marissa Irvin. He currently runs the Brian Teacher Tennis Academy in South Pasadena, California.
Grand Slam singles final
|Year||Championship||Opponent in final||Score in final|
|1980||Australian Open||Kim Warwick||7–5, 7–6(7–4), 6–2|
Singles (8 titles, 15 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1976||Newport, U.S.||Grass||Vijay Amritraj||3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||1977||Adelaide, Australia||Grass||Victor Amaya||1–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||1977||Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.||Carpet||Bill Scanlon||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||1977||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Grass||Roscoe Tanner||3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||1978||Tokyo Indoor, Japan||Carpet||Björn Borg||3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||1978||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet||Tom Gorman||6–3, 6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||3.||1979||Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.||Grass||Stan Smith||1–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||5.||1980||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Gene Mayer||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||6.||1980||Hong Kong||Hard||Ivan Lendl||7–5, 6–7, 3–6|
|Runner-up||7.||1980||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet||Ivan Lendl||7–6, 3–6, 3–6, 6–7|
|Runner-up||8.||1980||Bangkok, Thailand||Carpet||Vijay Amritraj||3–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||9.||1980||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Grass||Fritz Buehning||3–6, 7–6, 6–7|
|Winner||4.||1980||Australian Open, Melbourne||Grass||Kim Warwick||7–5, 7–6, 6–2|
|Winner||5.||1981||Columbus, Ohio, U.S.||Hard||John Austin||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||10.||1981||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Eliot Teltscher||3–6, 6–7|
|Runner-up||11.||1982||Maui, Hawaii, U.S.||Hard||John Fitzgerald||2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||6.||1982||Dortmund WCT, Germany||Carpet||Wojtek Fibak||6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 2–6, 6–4|
|Winner||7.||1983||Munich WCT, Germany||Carpet||Mark Dickson||1–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||8.||1983||Columbus, Ohio, U.S.||Hard||Bill Scanlon||7–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||12.||1983||Dallas, Texas, U.S.||Hard||Andrés Gómez||7–6, 1–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||13.||1984||Bristol, U.K.||Grass||Johan Kriek||7–6, 6–7, 4–6|
|Runner-up||14.||1984||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Joakim Nyström||4–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||15.||1985||Livingston, U.S.||Hard||Brad Gilbert||6–7, 4–6|
Doubles (16 titles, 7 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1.||1976||Columbus, U.S.||Hard||William Brown|| Fred McNair
|Runner-up||1.||1978||Miami, U.S.||Clay||Bob Carmichael|| Tom Gullikson
|Winner||2.||1978||Manila, Philippines||Clay||Sherwood Stewart|| Ross Case
|Runner-up||2.||1979||Washington Indoor, U.S.||Carpet||Bob Carmichael|| Robert Lutz
|4–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–7|
|Runner-up||3.||1979||Stuttgart Indoor, Germany||Hard (i)||Bob Carmichael|| Wojtek Fibak
|3–6, 7–5, 6–7|
|Winner||3.||1980||Washington-2, U.S.||Carpet||Ferdi Taygan|| Kevin Curren
|4–6, 6–3, 7–6|
|Runner-up||4.||1980||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Carpet||Bill Scanlon|| Vijay Amritraj
|Winner||4.||1980||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Butch Walts|| Anand Amritraj
|Winner||5.||1980||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Heinz Günthardt
|6–3, 3–6, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||1980||Cincinnati, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Wojtek Fibak
|6–7, 7–5, 6–4|
|Runner-up||5.||1980||Hong Kong||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Peter Fleming
|Winner||7.||1980||Taipei, Taiwan||Carpet||Bruce Manson|| John Austin
|Winner||8.||1980||Bangkok, Thailand||Carpet||Ferdi Taygan|| Tom Okker
|Winner||9.||1981||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Terry Moor
|Winner||10.||1981||Frankfurt, Germany||Carpet||Butch Walts|| Vitas Gerulaitis
|7–5, 6–7, 7–5|
|Winner||11.||1981||London/Queen's Club, U.K.||Grass||Pat Du Pré|| Kevin Curren
|3–6, 7–6, 11–9|
|Winner||12.||1981||Columbus, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Anand Amritraj
|Runner-up||6.||1982||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Bruce Manson|| Sherwood Stewart
|1–6, 7–6, 3–6|
|Winner||13.||1982||Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany||Clay||Mark Edmondson|| Andreas Maurer
|Winner||14.||1982||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Fritz Buehning|| Marty Davis
|6–7, 6–2, 7–5|
|Runner-up||7.||1983||Richmond, Virginia, U.S.||Carpet||Fritz Buehning|| Pavel Složil
|Winner||15.||1983||Columbus, U.S.||Hard||Scott Davis|| Anand Amritraj
|6–1, 4–6, 7–6|
|Winner||16.||1983||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Steve Meister|| Andrés Gómez
|6–7, 7–6, 6–2|
Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||W||A||QF||3R||3R||A||A||1 / 5||15–4|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||2R||3R||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 3||4–3|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||4R||3R||2R||QF||3R||1R||1R||2R||0 / 11||15–11|
|US Open||2R||3R||1R||1R||2R||4R||1R||4R||2R||2R||1R||1R||3R||1R||0 / 14||14–14|
|Win–Loss||1–1||2–1||0–1||1–2||2–4||6–3||10–3||12–2||2–2||9–3||4–3||1–3||2–2||1–2||1 / 33||53–32|
- After he retired he completed his undergraduate economics degree and studied business at the University of Southern California.
- As a coach, he worked with Jim Grabb, Mark Knowles, Max Mirnyi, Daniel Nestor, Richey Reneberg, and Greg Rusedski.
- He is married and has two children.
- "Brian Teacher"
- Robert Slater, Great Jews in Sports
- Sandra Harwitt, The Greatest Jewish Tennis Players of All Time
- The Making of America’s Next Great Tennis Talent
- "The Australian Open Champion Who Almost Wasn’t - Book Excerpt From 'The Greatest Jewish Tennis Players of All Time,'" World Tennis Magazine.
- San Diego District Tennis Association: Brian Teacher (1954- )
- Dan Magill, Magill: Teacher joins Californian Hall contingent, Athens Banner-Herald, May 19, 2001.
- "Brian David Teacher". Jews in Sports. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
- "Brian Teacher Wins Crown in Australia". The New York Times. AP. 5 January 1981.
- Douglas Perry (January 18, 2015). "Australian Open 2015: Four words that forged an unexpected Grand Slam champion - 'I want a divorce'". The Oregonian.
- ITA Men's Hall of Fame
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 4, 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
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