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Roger Taylor at the 1969 Dutch Open
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom|
|Residence||Wimbledon, London, England|
|Born||14 October 1941|
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Turned pro||1967 (amateur tour from 1960)|
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||274–214 (56.10%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (1970, Lance Tingay )|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1970)|
|French Open||QF (1973)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1967, 1970, 1973)|
|US Open||QF (1964)|
|WCT Finals||QF (1973)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1962)|
|French Open||3R (1963)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1968, 1969, 1973)|
|US Open||W (1971, 1972)|
Roger Taylor MBE (born 14 October 1941) is a British former tennis player. Born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, he won 6 singles titles and 10 doubles titles during his career.He achieved success at several Grand Slam tournaments, reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open in 1973, the semi-finals of Wimbledon during the same year and winning back to back US Open Men's Doubles titles in 1971 and 1972. He also enjoyed particular success in 1970, again reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon, where he achieved a big upset win over defending champion Rod Laver en route, and the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Taylor also reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 1967. His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 11, though Taylor was ranked World No. 8 in 1970 before the ATP rankings began.
Also, he was ranked number one in the UK in both 1973 and 1974. Additionally, Taylor scored 29 wins and 11 losses at the Great Britain Davis Cup team. He is a member of the AELTC.
Taylor was the sole British member of the so-called Handsome Eight (he was noted[ by whom? ] particularly for his massive eyebrows) signed by Lamar Hunt to compete in his newly created World Championship Tennis tour in 1968. He was shown how to play tennis by his mother, Lilian, and he used to play in the various parks across Sheffield, such as Weston Park. He often practiced by hitting a tennis ball against a wall.
Taylor endeared himself to millions of viewers during his 1973 Wimbledon quarterfinal match against the 17-year-old Wimbledon debutant Björn Borg. Having already been declared the match winner by the umpire following his match-point serve which was disputed by Borg, Taylor voluntarily offered to replay the point. The linesman then, questioned by the umpire as to whether he wished to reconsider his decision, changed his "in" call to "out" and the umpire requested that the point be replayed as a "let". Taylor subsequently went on to win the match, but lost to eventual champion Jan Kodeš in the semifinals.
He retired from professional tennis in 1980 and following his retirement he operated tennis holidays. He was Great Britain's Davis Cup captain from February 2000 until January 2004. Taylor also captained the British ladies Wightman Cup team; steering them to their last victory in the competition in 1978. He was awarded an MBE in the 1977 Silver Jubilee and Birthday Honours.
He is currently active on the ITF Seniors Tour and has a singles ranking of 54 as at 2020 in the over 75’s category. He won the 70+ title at Woking’s Veterans Open Tournament in 2012. In 2019, he teamed up with Australia's Gordon Waygood to win the Men's 75 Doubles title at the British Open Seniors Clay Court Championships.
|Win||1971||US Open||Grass||John Newcombe|| Stan Smith |
Erik van Dillen
|6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6|
|Win||1972||US Open||Grass||Cliff Drysdale|| Owen Davidson |
|6–4, 7–6, 6–3|
6-4, 6-0, 6-4https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_Lawn_Tennis_Championships
|1.||1963||Surrey Grass Court Championships||Grass||Jaidip Mukerjea||10–8, 9–11, 10–8|
|2.||1967||Surrey Grass Court Championships||Grass||Bobby Wilson||2–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|3.||18 April 1971||Palermo||Clay||Pierre Barthes||6–3, 4–6, 7–6, 6–2|
|4.||17 February 1973||Copenhagen Open||Hard||Marty Riessen||6–2, 6–3, 7–6|
|5.||2 February 1975||Roanoke International Tennis Tournament||Indoor||Vitas Gerulaitis||7–6, 7–6|
|6.||2 March 1975||Fairfield||Carpet (i)||Sandy Mayer||7–5, 5–7, 7–6|
|1.||5 January 1969||Hobart||Grass||Mal Anderson|| Tony Roche |
|7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 1–6, 6–4|
|2.||3 February 1969||Auckland||Grass||Ray Moore|| Mal Anderson |
|13–15, 6–3, 8–6, 8–6|
|3.||1 August 1969||Hilversum||Unknown||Tom Okker|| Jan Kodeš |
|6–3, 6–2, 6–4|
|4.||10 July 1971||Newport||Grass||Ken Rosewall|| John Clifton |
|7–5, 3–6, 6–2|
|5.||12 September 1971||US Open||Grass||John Newcombe|| Stan Smith |
Erik van Dillen
|6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6|
|6.||10 September 1972||US Open||Grass||Cliff Drysdale|| Owen Davidson |
|6–4, 7–6, 6–3|
|7.||1 April 1973||Vancouver||Unknown||Pierre Barthes|| Tom Gorman |
Erik van Dillen
|5–7, 6–3, 7–6|
|8.||17 July 1977||Kitzbühel||Clay||Christopher Mottram|| Colin Dowdeswell |
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