Onny Parun

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Onny Parun
Country (sports)  New Zealand
Residence Wellington, New Zealand
Born (1947-04-15) 15 April 1947 (age 70)
Wellington, New Zealand
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1969 (amateur tour from 1967)
Retired 1982
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 321–294
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 19 (5 March 1975)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1973)
French Open QF (1975)
Wimbledon QF (1971, 1972)
US Open QF (1973)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1974)
Doubles
Career record 162–221
Career titles 2

Onny Parun OBE (born 15 April 1947) is a former tennis player of Croatian descent from New Zealand, who was among the world's top 20 for five years and who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1971 and 1972. He made the final of the Australian Open in 1973, losing to John Newcombe in four sets, and was a US Open quarterfinalist in 1973 and also a quarterfinalist at the French Open in 1975.

Parun and Australian Dick Crealy won the French Open doubles title in 1974. He also made the Masters in 1974, qualifying by finishing in the top eight on the grand prix table. Parun played Davis Cup from 1966 to 1982 and won a string of national titles, including the Benson and Hedges Open three times in four years.

Parun became the second player from New Zealand to reach a Grand Slam Singles final, 62 years after Anthony Wilding had reached the 1913 Wimbledon final, and Parun became the second player from New Zealand to win a Grand Slam Doubles title, 61 years after Wilding had won the 1914 Wimbledon doubles title and is also the last player from New Zealand to reach the finals of a Grand Slam Doubles title.

Parun reached his career-high ATP singles ranking on 5 March 1975, when he became World No. 19. His brother, Tony Parun, also played professional tennis.

In September 1974, he defeated Jimmy Connors in San Francisco to end the No. 1 world ranked player's run of 160 weeks atop the ATP rankings.

In the 1982 Queen's Birthday Honours, Parun was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to tennis.[1] Since retiring from competition, Parun has been a coach, and trades shares on the US sharemarket.[2][3]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1973 Australian Open Grass Australia John Newcombe 3–6, 7–6, 5–7, 1–6

Doubles (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1974 French Open Clay Australia Dick Crealy United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 5–7, 6–1

ATP Tour singles titles (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 3 November 1974 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard Australia Kim Warwick 6–3, 6–3, 6–4
2. 16 November 1974 Bombay, India Clay Australia Tony Roche 6–3, 6–3, 7–6
3. 12 January 1975 Auckland, New Zealand Grass New Zealand Brian Fairlie 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–7, 6–4
4. 31 December 1975 Auckland, New Zealand Grass New Zealand Brian Fairlie 6–2, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
5. 6 April 1976 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard South Africa Cliff Drysdale 7–6, 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49010, 11 June 1982. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  2. ^ Jonathan Millmow (2013-09-28). "Night owl Onny Parun still loves a challenge". The Dominion Post. 
  3. ^ Joseph Romanos (2009-04-23). "The Wellingtonian interview: Onny Parun". The Wellingtonian. 

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