About Ivan


Ivan Lendl was ranked No. 1 in the world for 270 weeks, including 157 straight from September 9. 1985, through September 12, 1988. He is the holder of 94 career singles titles, including his 1980 feat, winning three tournaments in successive weeks on three different surfaces. His career match record was 1071-239 (82%).

Ivan captured 8 career singles titles in Grand Slam events and reached an astounding 19 Slam singles finals. He relied on strength and heavy topspin from the baseline to reach 8 consecutive US Open finals (1982-89), winning three, 1985, `86, `87. Lendl also won twice at the Australian Open, 1984, 1986 and 1987. Arguably his most memorable victory occurred in the 1984 French Open Final. Down two sets to love, and training 4-2 in the fourth, Lendl won the title over John McEnroe in epic battle.

During the 1980’s, Lendl was one of the game’s most dominant players. In 1982, he won 15 of 23 singles tournaments entered, compiling a record of 107-9, which included a 44-match streak. In 1985, Ivan captured 11 singles crowns in 17 tournament appearances, and in 1989 won 10 titles out of 17. He finished 4 years (1985, ’86, ’87, ’89) as the top ranked player in the world and was named Men’s Tour’s Player of the Year in 1985, ’86, and ’87.

In addition to the Grand Slam titles, Ivan won 86 professional singles titles and until recently was the men's career prize money leader. While playing Davis Cup from 1978 - 1985, Ivan compiled a 22 -15 career record, including 18-11 in singles.

Born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia in 1960, Ivan Lendl became an American citizen in 1992. He also compiled a Davis Cup record of 7-0 in Singles and 3-0 in Doubles winning the Cup in 1980. He retired from professional tennis in 1994 and was included into the Tennis of Fame in Newport, RI in 2001.

Since retiring from tennis at the end of 1994, Ivan has focused on another sport with great enthusiasm, Golf. Ivan owns a sports management company, Spectrum Sports and is responsible for initiating the "Hitting Hot" system for teaching tennis that has become the basis of instruction at his tennis facilities; Grand Slam Tennis Club in Weston, Connecticut and Grand Slam at Banksville in Bedford, New York.

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