John Lloyd (tennis)
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Lloyd at the Dutch Open in 1975
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom|
|Born||27 August 1954|
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 21 (23 July 1978)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (1977Dec)|
|French Open||3R (1978, 1982)|
|Wimbledon||3R (1973, 1984, 1985)|
|US Open||QF (1984)|
|Highest ranking||No. 34 (8 September 1986)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1984, 1985)|
|French Open||QF (1986)|
|US Open||QF (1984)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (1989)|
|French Open||W (1982)|
|Wimbledon||W (1983, 1984)|
John Lloyd (born 27 August 1954) is a British former professional tennis player. Lloyd reached an ATP world ranking of 21 from 23 July 1978 to 30 July 1978, and was ranked as UK number 1 in 1984 and 1985. He now works as sports commentator.
During his career, he reached one Grand Slam singles final and won three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles with tennis partner Wendy Turnbull: the French Open in 1982 and Wimbledon in 1983 and 1984. Also, Lloyd scored 27 wins and 24 losses with the Great Britain Davis Cup team.
He was the first husband of the former top woman player Chris Evert and is the younger brother of the former British Davis Cup captain David Lloyd. He served as the British Davis Cup captain himself from August 2006 until March 2010. He is a member of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Life and career
At the Australian Open in December 1977, Lloyd became the first British male tennis player in the Open era to reach a Grand Slam singles final. He lost in five sets to America's Vitas Gerulaitis 6–3, 7–6, 5–7, 3–6, 6–2. No other British player reached a Grand Slam final for 20 years, until British-Canadian Greg Rusedski reached the US Open final in 1997. In 1984 he reached the quarter-finals of the US Open. Lloyd never progressed beyond the third round in singles play at Wimbledon.
Though he never won a Grand Slam singles title, Lloyd did win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles partnering Australia's Wendy Turnbull, beginning with the French Open mixed doubles in 1982. The pair finished runners-up in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon that year, and then went on to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown in both 1983 and 1984.
Lloyd's career-high singles ranking was World No. 21 in 1978. He was a member of the British team that reached the final of the Davis Cup that year with Lloyd himself losing in straight sets in the singles to Brian Gottfried and to a 19-year-old John McEnroe. As a player, he represented the British Davis Cup team for 11 years. His career-high doubles ranking was World No. 34 in 1986. As his playing career came to an end, Lloyd stayed within the tennis world, finding work as a coach and television commentator, and appearing on the veterans circuit.
In 2006, Lloyd was appointed the captain of Great Britain's Davis Cup team, replacing Jeremy Bates. Lloyd's reign started very well, with successive victories taking the team back into the World Group, but after the retirement of both Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman in 2007 the team suffered five successive defeats, their worst run in Davis Cup history, to drop back down to the third tier of the competition. Lloyd resigned as coach in mid-2010.
Since the 1990s, Lloyd has been a commentator and analyst for the BBC's tennis coverage, particularly at Wimbledon. Lloyd is known for his trademark catchphrases, using the analogy of food and drink to describe tennis shots. For example, if a shot is too weak he will claim that it was "undercooked" or "needed more mustard." Conversely, if a shot is overhit he will describe it as "overcooked", having "too much juice", or "having too much mustard."
He worked for Sky Sports on their coverage of the US Open 2009.
In 1979, Lloyd married the World No. 1 woman player, American Chris Evert (who became Chris Evert-Lloyd). The media-styled "golden couple" of tennis enjoyed several years in the limelight before a separation, a short-lived reconciliation, and eventual divorce in 1987. Because of Evert's higher profile tennis career, Lloyd was sometimes jokingly referred to in the press as "Mr. Evert". Aware of this negative impact on his psyche, Evert attempted to boost Lloyd's standing by the couple always insisting on being billed or announced as "International tennis star John Lloyd and his wife Chris" whenever they made personal appearances together in the UK or Australia. Their biographer Carol Thatcher (a friend of the couple) documented the observation that this was akin to the ridiculousness of her own parents being announced as "International business executive Denis Thatcher and his wife Margaret".
Lloyd is a supporter of the football team Wolverhampton Wanderers. It is because of Lloyd's influence that Andy Murray is also a Wolves fan (although Murray's 'first' club is Hibernian FC) and is often seen wearing the Wolves shirt that was presented to him by Lloyd.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (1 runner-up)
|Loss||1977||Australian Open (December)||Grass||Vitas Gerulaitis||3–6, 6–7(1–7), 7–5, 6–3, 2–6|
Mixed doubles (3 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Win||1982||French Open||Clay||Wendy Turnbull|| Cláudia Monteiro
|Loss||1982||Wimbledon||Gras||Wendy Turnbull|| Anne Smith
|6–2, 3–6, 5–7|
|Win||1983||Wimbledon||Grass||Wendy Turnbull|| Billie Jean King
|6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–5|
|Win||1984||Wimbledon (2)||Gras||Wendy Turnbull|| Kathy Jordan
Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||2R||A||2R||A||F||A||A||A||A||1R||4R||2R||QF||NH||0 / 7|
|French Open||2R||1R||2R||1R||1R||3R||2R||A||A||3R||1R||2R||2R||1R||0 / 12|
|Wimbledon||3R||1R||1R||1R||2R||1R||1R||1R||2R||1R||1R||3R||3R||1R||0 / 14|
|US Open||2R||2R||2R||3R||2R||3R||3R||A||1R||A||4R||QF||2R||A||0 / 11|
|Strike Rate||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 2||0 / 44|
Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
Grand Prix Championship Series singles finals
|Year||Championship||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|1977||London||Björn Borg||4–6, 4–6, 3–6|
Other career titles
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||25 August 1974||Merion||Unknown||John Whitlinger||6–0, 4–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partnering||Opponents in the final||Score|
|1.||6 November 1976||London||Carpet||David Lloyd|| John Feaver
|6–4, 3–6, 6–2|
|2.||7 October 1979||Hawaii||Hard||Nick Saviano|| Rod Frawley
References and notes
- "BBC Sport - Tennis - John Lloyd resigns as Great Britain Davis Cup captain". BBC News. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- "John Lloyd: My new life as an estate agent". TheTennisSpace.com. 10 February 2012. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
- Jewell, Alan (25 November 2015). "Davis Cup final: Buster Mottram & story of Britain's 1978 campaign". BBC. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Lloyd is new GB Davis Cup captain" BBC Sport, 9 August 2006
- "Lloyd resigns as GB Cup captain". BBC News. 18 March 2010.
- "Lloyd`s Fond Memories Of Old Neighborhood Dim With Loss". Sun Sentinel. 22 July 1988. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- Thatcher, Carol with John and Chris Evert LLoyd: LLoyd On Lloyd. Beaufort Books 1986. ISBN 978-0825303746
- "Guess Who?". andymurray.com. 4 February 2009. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009.