Raul Viver

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Raul Viver
Country (sports) Ecuador Ecuador
Born (1961-03-17) 17 March 1961 (age 55)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 1980
Plays Left-handed
Prize money $189,118
Career record 27-58
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 94 (3 Oct 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (1985)
Wimbledon 1R (1985)
US Open 1R (1985)
Career record 15-45
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 184 (2 Jan 1984)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 2R (1982)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open QF (1986)

Raul Antonio Viver (born 17 March 1961) is a former professional tennis player from Ecuador.[1]


Viver was the world number one ranked junior player in 1979, the year that he won the Orange Bowl (18s & Under).[2] He also reached his only semi-final on the Grand Prix tennis circuit in 1979, at Bogota.[2]

In the 1982 French Open, Viver and partner Luca Bottazzi had a win over fifth seeds Anders Järryd and Hans Simonsson, but lost in the second round.[2] Three years later he won his only Grand Slam singles match, over world number 42 John Fitzgerald.[2] He was a mixed doubles quarter-finalist in the 1986 French Open, with Mariana Perez-Roldan.[2]

The Ecuadorian reached the quarter-finals at Kitzbuhel in 1984 and Buenos Aires the following year.[2]

He appeared in 18 Davis Cup ties for Ecuador during his career, from 1978 to 1990. In the mid-1980s he was part of the team which competed in the World Group and faced players like Jimmy Arias, Boris Becker and Miloslav Mečíř. Viver finished with a 15/13 overall record, winning 14 of his 25 singles rubbers.[3]

Challenger titles[edit]

Singles: (3)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1988 Neu-Ulm, West Germany Clay Sweden Stefan Eriksson 7–5, 6–2
2. 1991 Pembroke Pines, United States Clay United States Jimmy Brown 6–3, 1–6, 7–6
3. 1991 São Paulo, Brazil Clay Argentina Gabriel Markus 7–6, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles: (3)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1982 Brussels, Belgium Clay Spain Alberto Tous Australia David Graham
Australia Laurie Warder
3–6, 6–3, 7–5
2. 1983 Brescia, Italy Chile Iván Camus Brazil Dacio Campos
Brazil Eduardo Oncins
6–2, 5–7, 6–4
3. 1988 Nyon, Switzerland Clay Ecuador Hugo Nunez Sweden Jan Apell
Finland Veli Paloheimo
2–6, 6–4, 6–1