Toomas Leius

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Toomas Leius
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Willem Maris and Toomas Leius (r.) (1959)
Country (sports)  Soviet Union
Born (1941-08-28) 28 August 1941 (age 74)
Tallinn, Estonia[1]
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1969)
French Open QF (1965)
Wimbledon 3R (1960, 1963)
US Open 2R (1962)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1969)
Wimbledon QF (1963)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1969)
French Open F (1971)
Wimbledon 3R (1967)
Team competitions
Davis Cup FEu (1967, 1969, 1970)

Toomas Leius (born 28 August 1941, also written Lejus) is a former tennis player from Estonia who competed for the Soviet Union.[2]

Career[edit]

Leius was the boy's singles champion at the 1959 Wimbledon Championships. He won the Soviet Championships in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1968. Other good performances during his career include reaching the final of the 1964 Queen's Club Championships, which he lost to Roy Emerson, and taking Rod Laver to five sets at the 1969 Heineken Open. He was a gold medalist in the mixed doubles at the 1970 Summer Universiade in Turin, with Tiiu Parmas.

His best performance in the singles draw of a Grand Slam tournament came at the 1965 French Championships, where he made the quarter-finals.[3] He was due to face South African player Cliff Drysdale in the quarter-final but the Soviet delegation made him forfeit the match, in protest against apartheid. Leius and Winnie Shaw were mixed doubles runners-up at the 1971 French Open.

He was a regular fixture in the Soviet Davis Cup team during the 1960s and appeared in a total of 20 ties, from which he managed 23 wins, 17 of them in singles.[4]

Prison[edit]

On 13 May 1974, Toomas Leius strangled his wife Ene Leius (née Visnapuu) to death after finding her in bed with another man. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and was released after serving five years for good behavior. [5][6] [7]

Coaching[edit]

Leius worked as a tennis coach after leaving prison and spent some time as captain of the Estonia Fed Cup team.[8]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1971 French Open United Kingdom Winnie Shaw France Françoise Dürr
France Jean-Claude Barclay
2–6, 4–6

Awards[edit]

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