Peter Burwash (b. Brockville, Ontario) is Canadian former tennis player, current tennis coach, television commentator, motivational speaker, writer, and President of Peter Burwash International.
Burwash played both tennis and ice hockey for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues from 1963 through 1967, earning a Bachelor of Physical Education degree. He was OUAA singles champion in tennis in 1963-4 and 1965-6, as well as member of back-to-back OUAA and CIAU hockey champions in 1965-6 and 1966-7. Several internet biographies of Burwash mention his having been selected in the NHL draft by the St. Louis Blues ice hockey club, but he is not listed as ever having been drafted by the Blues.
After tennis tour playing days
After retiring from professional tennis in 1975, he founded Peter Burwash International, a tennis management company that operates in 32 countries. He remains its president. PBI's original concept of "taking tennis to every part of the globe" has since become one of providing opportunities for service-minded individuals who have a passion for tennis and travel.
Burwash is an United States Professional Tennis Association Master Professional and has coached many tennis players, including Venus Williams and Serena Williams, Greg Rusedski, Andrew Sznajder, and Sébastien Lareau when he won the gold medal in doubles with Daniel Nestor at the 2000 Olympics.
During his career, Peter has both played and coached in 134 countries.
Burwash is known as a strong supporter of the USTA's decision to allow players to challenge calls using Hawk-Eye technology.
Burwash is the author of 10 books on a variety of topics;
- Aerobic Workout for Men
- Vegetarian Primer
- Tennis for Life
- Total Tennis
- Total Health
- Who Cares: A Wake-Up Call for Service & Leadership
- Becoming the Master of Your D-A-S-H
- Dear Teenager
- Improving the Landscape of Your Life
- The Key to Great Leadership
- Behind Every Lesson there is a Wonderful Journey
Burwash is also a regular Instructional Editor for Tennis
He currently tours the World giving motivational speeches, giving approximately 100+ speeches a year.
Burwash has also been a featured speaker for many Fortune 500 companies, such as;
- Coca-Cola Company
- American Express
- Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
- Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.
Burwash is currently involved with many organizations;
- (former member) Young President's Organization (YPO)
- Urban Land Institute (ULI)
- American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)
Honours and awards
- TIA (Tennis Industry Association) Hall of Fame 2015
- USPTA Professional of the Year, 1990
- USPTA Master Professional
- Educational Merit Award by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, for his mentoring and teaching of tennis
- Inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame in 2004
- Winner of Tennis News' Tennis Person of the Year 2006
- Canada's TV Tennis Commentator of the Decade, 2000–2010
- Inducted into the Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame 2010
- USTA Facility Emeritus Award 2008
According to the publication of Vegetarian Journal, Peter Burwash has been an advocate of vegetarianism for 35 years along with his sport career. As of 2006, Burwash resides in Carmel Valley, California.
Tour tennis career
Burwash lost in the first round of the U.S.T.A. National amateur championship of 1968, played at the Longwood Cricket Club in early August, 0–6, 9–7, 3–6, 5–7 to Dick Stockton. Three weeks later at the inaugural U.S. Open, Burwash lost his opening main draw match to Bob Lutz, 1–6, 1–6, 3–6.
Burwash won his only professional tour match in the opening round of the 1969 Cincinnati Outdoor, defeating American Roy Sprengelmeyer, 6–3, 6–4. Burwash then lost in the second round, 1–6, 4–6, to No. 9 seed Željko Franulović. Burwash also played in the doubles main draw in Cincinnati where, with partner Stanley Pasarell, he lost in the first round.
The following month, Burwash played in the Canadian Open for the first time where after a first round bye, he lost to Brian Fairlie 6–2, 1–6, 0–6, 1–6. In doubles, he reached the second round partnering American Rudy Hernando.
Two weeks later, at his second U.S. Open, Burwash was beaten by Jim Osborne, 2–6, 2–6, 2–6. Again partnering Hernando in doubles, the pair lost their opening match by exactly the same score, to the British pair of Mark Cox and Peter Curtis.
In 1970, Burwash played in his only Davis Cup tie for Canada, winning a dead rubber against Caribbean Davis Cup team player Leo Rolle, 6–1, 6–1, 6–1. Canada won the North and Central America Semi-final tie, played in June, 5–0.
In his only tournament main draw singles action for the year, at the U.S. Clay Court Championships in July, Burwash lost in the first round, to Terry Addison, 2–6, 3–6. He played one main draw in doubles, at the U.S. Open, again with partner Rudy Hernando, and lost by default to Roy Emerson and Rod Laver.
Burwash competed in main draws at two events, the Canadian Open and the U.S. Open. In Montreal, he lost to Ismail El Shafei 3–6, 4–6 in singles, and partnering compatriot Ken Binns, lost to Bob Lutz and Charlie Pasarell in doubles. At Forest Hills, he was beat by Milan Holeček, 1–6, 0–6, 7–5, 4–6.
Burwash participated in the main draw in both singles and doubles at the Columbus Outdoor, losing to Charles Owens. In doubles he also lost in the first round, partnering Ian Fletcher. A week later at the U.S. Clay Court Championships, Burwash lost 1–6, 1–6 to Toshiro Sakai. In doubles, he and partner William Higgins lost 2–6, 2–6 to Jim Delaney and James Chico Hagey. The following week at the Canadian Open, his last appearance there in a main draw, Burwash lost Jaime Fillol 6–7, 2–6, after a bye in the first round.
Burwash was entered in the main draw of two grand prix events. At the Calgary Indoor, held in February, he lost in the first round to Nicholas Kalogeropoulos 4–6, 3–6. In doubles Burwash partnered Franklin Robbins and lost in the first round as well. In August, Burwash as set to play John Newcombe in the first round of the Louisville Outdoor but defaulted.
Burwash lost by default to Bob Giltinan in the first round of the Calgary Indoor in what would be his last tour result. The computer rankings having been introduced only in September 1973, Burwash received his highest singles ranking in June 1974, when he was ranked World No. 240. He never earned a doubles ranking, as they were not kept until 1978.
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