Jay Lapidus

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Jay Lapidus
Country (sports) United States United States
Residence Durham,
North Carolina
Born (1959-05-01) May 1, 1959 (age 58)
Princeton, New Jersey
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Turned pro 1980
Plays Left-handed
Prize money $246,102
Career record 75–106
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 34 (March 21, 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (1985)
French Open 2R (1982)
Wimbledon 3R (1986)
US Open 3R (1984)
Career record 19–51
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 169 (January 3, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (1982)
US Open 1R (1980, 82, 83, 85)

Jay Lapidus (born May 1, 1959) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.[1]

Playing career[edit]

A three time All-American, Lapidus played collegiate tennis for Princeton University.

Lapidus won his only Grand Prix title in 1982, at the Stowe Open.[2] He defeated Tim Mayotte, Brad Gilbert, John Alexander and Tom Gullikson en route to the final, which he won in straight sets, over Eric Fromm.[3] The American also made semi-finals in Basel and Stockholm that year.[3]

His best Grand Slam performance came in the 1985 Australian Open.[3] He was beaten in the fourth round by sixth seed Johan Kriek.[3] His only other appearances in the third round were at the 1984 US Open (as a qualifier) and the 1986 Wimbledon Championships.[3]

During his career, Lapidus had a number of wins over players ranked in the world's top 20, including Peter Fleming at South Orange in 1979, Chip Hooper at Tampa in 1982, Aaron Krickstein at North Conway in 1984, Vitas Gerulaitis at Houston in 1985 and Juan Aguilera at Memphis in 1985.[3] His best win came in 1982, at a Hartford WCT tournament, where he beat the world number six, José Luis Clerc.[3]


In 1991, Lapidus became head coach of Duke University and remained in that role until 2008. He finished with a 372-126 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), with his wins tally bettered by only two coaches in history. On six occasions he was named as the ACC Coach of the Year and he coached 11 ACC Championships.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Lapidus is married to former Filipino Fed Cup player Pia Tamayo.[3]

Grand Prix career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1982 Stowe, United States Hard United States Eric Fromm 6-4, 6-2

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1982 Paris, France Hard United States Richard Meyer United States Brian Gottfried
United States Bruce Manson
4-6, 2-6