Washington in 2010
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida|
June 20, 1969 |
Glen Cove, New York
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 11 (October 26, 1992)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1994)|
|French Open||4R (1993)|
|US Open||4R (1992)|
|Grand Slam Cup||QF (1996)|
|Olympic Games||QF (1996)|
|Highest ranking||No. 172 (April 20, 1992)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||2R (1991)|
MaliVai "Mal" Washington (// mal-i-VEE-ə; born June 20, 1969) is an American former professional tennis player. He reached the Men's Singles final at Wimbledon in 1996, won 4 titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 11.
Washington was born in Glen Cove, New York. His father, William, taught himself and then his five children to play tennis. When William was the assistant dean at the State University of New York, he decided to teach underprivileged children in the area how to play tennis on the university's new courts. When the family moved to Mundy Township, Michigan, they played on the courts at General Motors headquarters, where MaliVai's parents worked, and at the Flint Tennis Club.
Washington's younger sister, Mashona, is also an accomplished professional tennis player. She was a member of the 1992 U.S. National Team.[clarification needed] His younger brother, Mashiska, received All-America honors at Michigan State University, before joining the men's professional tour. MaliVai's older sister, Michaela, also played professionally.
Washington began playing tennis at the age of five after his family moved to Michigan. Growing up in Mundy Township, Michigan, MaliVai worked on his game and trained at the Indoor Genesee Valley Tennis Club and the Flint Tennis Club in nearby Flint, Michigan. As a teenager, he played on the junior circuit and competed in the USTA national junior championships, facing future world-class players like Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, and Todd Martin.
As a high school senior, at Carman – Ainsworth High School in Flint Township, Washington was coached by former ATP Tour participant Victor Amaya. For two seasons, Washington played tennis for the University of Michigan and was the top ranked college player in the United States at the end of his sophomore season. He left school and turned professional in 1989.
His first notable tour result came in 1990, when he defeated Ivan Lendl in straight sets in the second round of the tournament at New Haven, Connecticut. Just a week earlier, Lendl had lost the World No. 1 ranking to Stefan Edberg, and he would have regained it if he had won that match.
Washington won his first top-level singles title in 1992 at Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1996, Washington reached his only Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. He was the first African-American male to reach the Wimbledon final since Arthur Ashe in 1975. Washington lost to the Dutch player Richard Krajicek, 3-6, 4-6, 3-6. He also reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 1994, defeating No. 2 seed Michael Stich in 4 sets in the first round.
During his career, Washington won 4 tour singles titles. His career-high singles ranking was no. 11 in 1992.
The later years of Washington's career were plagued by injuries, and he retired from the professional tour in 1999. Since retiring, he has served as a TV analyst with ESPN, and as an on-court interviewer for the USTA during the US Open.
MaliVai received the 1997 Boys and Girls Clubs of America CARE Award. In 1998, he was honored with the Arthur Ashe Athletic Association Leadership Award. Washington also played on the US Davis Cup team in 1992.
He was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Of The Year Award in the 2009 ATP World Tour Awards.
Grand Slam singles final
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|Runner-up||1996||Wimbledon||Grass||Richard Krajicek||3–6, 4–6, 3–6|
ATP Tour finals
Singles champion (4)
|Grand Slam (0)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0)|
|ATP Masters Series (0)|
|ATP Championship Series (1)|
|ATP Tour (3)|
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||January 6, 1992||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Jaime Yzaga||6–7(6–8), 4–6|
|Winner||1.||February 10, 1992||Memphis, U.S.||Hard (i)||Wayne Ferreira||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||April 13, 1992||Tampa, U.S.||Clay||Jaime Yzaga||6–3, 4–6, 1–6|
|Winner||2.||May 4, 1992||Charlotte, U.S.||Clay||Claudio Mezzadri||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||June 15, 1992||Manchester, U.K.||Grass||Jacco Eltingh||3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||August 17, 1992||New Haven, U.S.||Hard||Stefan Edberg||6–7(4–7), 1–6|
|Runner-up||5.||January 11, 1993||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Alexander Volkov||6–7(2–7), 4–6|
|Runner-up||6.||March 12, 1993||Miami, U.S.||Hard||Pete Sampras||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||October 10, 1994||Ostrava, Czech Republic||Carpet (i)||Arnaud Boetsch||4–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||7.||October 9, 1995||Ostrava, Czech Republic||Carpet (i)||Wayne Ferreira||6–3, 4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||8.||October 23, 1995||Essen, Germany||Carpet (i)||Thomas Muster||6–7(6–8), 6–2, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||4.||April 15, 1996||Bermuda||Clay||Marcelo Filippini||6–7(6–8), 6–4, 7–5|
|Runner-up||9.||July 7, 1996||Wimbledon, London||Grass||Richard Krajicek||3–6, 4–6, 3–6|
Doubles finalist (1)
|Tournament||1988||1989||1990||1991||1992||1993||1994||1995||1996||1997||1998||1999||Career SR||Career Win-Loss|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||1R||3R||4R||QF||1R||4R||4R||2R*||A||0 / 8||16–7|
|French Open||A||A||1R||1R||2R||4R||1R||2R||1R||A||A||A||0 / 7||5–7|
|Wimbledon||A||A||2R||2R||1R||2R||1R||1R||F||A||A||A||0 / 7||9–7|
|U.S. Open||A||2R||2R||3R||4R||3R||2R||1R||2R||A||1R||A||0 / 9||11–9|
|Grand Slam SR||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 0||0 / 31||N/A|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||A||A||A||A||3R||3R||1R||1R||A||A||2R||A||0 / 5||5–5|
|Miami||A||A||A||1R||2R||F||2R||4R||3R||A||2R||A||0 / 7||10–7|
|Monte Carlo||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Rome||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||3R||2R||A||A||A||0 / 3||3–3|
|Hamburg||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||A||A||A||0 / 2||2–2|
|Montreal/Toronto||A||A||1R||2R||SF||2R||QF||QF||3R||A||3R||A||0 / 8||13–8|
|Cincinnati||A||A||A||3R||1R||2R||3R||1R||2R||A||A||1R||0 / 7||6–6|
|Stockholm/Essen/Stuttgart||A||A||A||A||2R||SF||1R||F||2R||A||A||A||0 / 5||9–5|
|Paris||A||A||A||2R||2R||2R||A||2R||3R||A||A||A||0 / 5||4–5|
|Masters Series SR||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 4||0 / 5||0 / 7||0 / 5||0 / 8||0 / 8||0 / 0||0 / 3||0 / 1||0 / 42||N/A|
|Year End Ranking||329||199||93||50||13||23||30||26||20||258||178||1115||N/A|
* Washington withdrew prior to his second-round match at the 1998 Australian Open
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