Roger Taylor (tennis)

Last updated

Roger Taylor
MBE
Roger Taylor (tennis).jpg
Roger Taylor at the 1969 Dutch Open
Country (sports)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Residence Wimbledon, London, England
Born (1941-10-14) 14 October 1941 (age 79)
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1967 (amateur tour from 1960)
Retired1980
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record274–214 (56.10%)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 8 (1970, Lance Tingay ) [1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1970)
French Open QF (1973)
Wimbledon SF (1967, 1970, 1973)
US Open QF (1964)
Other tournaments
WCT Finals QF (1973)
Doubles
Career record189–140
Career titles10
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. [2] 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. [1]

Contents

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.

Tennis career

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.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles (2 titles)

ResultYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Win 1971 US Open Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Newcombe Flag of the United States.svg Stan Smith
Flag of the United States.svg Erik van Dillen
6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6
Win 1972 US Open Grass Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Cliff Drysdale Flag of Australia (converted).svg Owen Davidson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Newcombe
6–4, 7–6, 6–3

Career titles

Singles (6)

6-4, 6-0, 6-4 [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_Lawn_Tennis_Championships

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 1963 Surrey Grass Court Championships Grass Flag of India.svg Jaidip Mukerjea 10–8, 9–11, 10–8
2. 1967 Surrey Grass Court Championships Grass Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bobby Wilson 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
3. 18 April 1971 Palermo Clay Flag of France.svg Pierre Barthes 6–3, 4–6, 7–6, 6–2
4. 17 February 1973 Copenhagen Open Hard Flag of the United States.svg Marty Riessen 6–2, 6–3, 7–6
5. 2 February 1975 Roanoke International Tennis Tournament Indoor Flag of the United States.svg Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 7–6
6. 2 March 1975 Fairfield Carpet (i) Flag of the United States.svg Sandy Mayer 7–5, 5–7, 7–6

Doubles (8)

No.DateTournamentSurfacePartneringOpponentScore
1.5 January 1969 Hobart Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mal Anderson Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Roche
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Fred Stolle
7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 1–6, 6–4
2.3 February 1969 Auckland Grass Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Ray Moore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mal Anderson
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Toomas Leius
13–15, 6–3, 8–6, 8–6
3.1 August 1969 Hilversum Unknown Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tom Okker Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Kodeš
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Kukal
6–3, 6–2, 6–4
4.10 July 1971 Newport Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ken Rosewall Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Clifton
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Paish
7–5, 3–6, 6–2
5.12 September 1971 US Open Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Newcombe Flag of the United States.svg Stan Smith
Flag of the United States.svg Erik van Dillen
6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6
6.10 September 1972 US Open Grass Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Cliff Drysdale Flag of Australia (converted).svg Owen Davidson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Newcombe
6–4, 7–6, 6–3
7.1 April 1973 Vancouver Unknown Flag of France.svg Pierre Barthes Flag of the United States.svg Tom Gorman
Flag of the United States.svg Erik van Dillen
5–7, 6–3, 7–6
8.17 July 1977 Kitzbühel Clay Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Christopher Mottram Flag of Switzerland.svg Colin Dowdeswell
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Kachel
7–6, 6–4

Related Research Articles

Björn Borg Swedish tennis player

Björn Rune Borg is a former world No. 1 tennis player from Sweden. Between 1974 and 1981, he became the first man in the Open Era to win 11 Grand Slam singles titles, but he was never able to win the US Open in four finals appearances. He is the first male player to win five Wimbledon titles in the Open Era. He won four consecutive French Open (1978–81) and is 6–0 in French Open finals, fourth behind Sampras, djokovic and nadal. He is one of two male players, along with Roger Federer, to appear in French Open and Wimbledon finals for four consecutive years (1978–81) and only one to win both of them for three consecutive years (1978–80). He is the first male player to appear in French Open, Wimbledon and US Open finals in the same year three time in his career, a record surpassed only by Federer who achieve the same task for four consecutive years (2006–09).

Lleyton Hewitt Australian tennis player

Lleyton Glynn Hewitt is an Australian semi-retired professional tennis player and former world No. 1. He is the most recent Australian to win a men's singles Grand Slam title.

Pat Rafter Australian tennis player

Patrick Michael Rafter is an Australian former professional tennis player. He reached the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 1 singles ranking on 26 July 1999. His career highlights include consecutive US Open titles in 1997 and 1998, consecutive runner-up appearances at Wimbledon in 2000 and 2001, winning the 1999 Australian Open men's doubles tournament alongside Jonas Björkman, and winning two singles and two doubles ATP Masters titles.

Jimmy Connors American tennis player

James Scott Connors is an American former world No. 1 tennis player. He held the top Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking for a then-record 160 consecutive weeks from 1974 to 1977 and a career total of 268 weeks. He is the first male player to be No. 1 for more than 200 weeks.

Ilie Năstase Romanian tennis player

Ilie Theodoriu Năstase is a Romanian former world No. 1 professional tennis player, and one of the world's top players of the 1970s. He was ranked world No. 1 from 23 August 1973 to 2 June 1974.

John McEnroe American tennis player

John Patrick McEnroe Jr. is a former professional American tennis player. He was known for his shot-making and volleying skills, in addition to confrontational on-court behavior that frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities.

Greg Rusedski

Gregory Rusedski is a British and Canadian former tennis player. He was the British No. 1 in 1997, 1999 and 2006, and reached the ATP ranking of world No. 4 for periods from 6 October 1997 to 12 October 1997 and from 25 May 1998 to 21 June 1998.

Mario Ančić Croatian tennis player

Mario Ančić is a Croatian former professional tennis player who currently works as an investment banker in New York City. He won three singles titles and five doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking came during the 2006 ATP Tour, when he reached world no. 7. Ančić helped Croatia to win the 2005 Davis Cup and at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, he and Ivan Ljubičić won a bronze medal in doubles for Croatia.

Dominik Hrbatý Slovak tennis player

Dominik Hrbatý is a retired professional tennis player from Slovakia. He reached the semi-finals of the 1999 French Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 12 in October 2005.

Luis Horna Peruvian tennis player

Luis Horna Biscari is a former tour professional tennis player from Peru, who turned professional in 1998. Known by his nickname "Lucho", he won his 2 career singles titles, reached the quarterfinals of the 2004 Madrid Masters and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 33 in August 2004.

Tom Gorman is a retired American tennis player.

Jonathan Marray British tennis player

Jonathan Marray is a former British tennis player and a Wimbledon Men's Doubles champion. Marray is a former top 20 doubles player, reaching a career high of world no. 15 in January 2013, mainly due to more regular appearances on the ATP World Tour, following his victory at Wimbledon 2012. He has also competed on the singles tour, reaching world no. 215 in April 2005, but was unable to continue his singles career, in part due to injuries.

Dan Evans (tennis) British tennis player

Daniel Evans is a British professional tennis player, and a Davis Cup Champion. As of 8 February 2021 he is ranked 26 in the world and is the current British No. 1.

Jamie Murray British tennis player

Jamie Robert Murray, is a British professional tennis player from Scotland. He is a seven-time Grand Slam doubles winner and a Davis Cup champion, currently the world No. 22 doubles player, and a former doubles world No. 1. Murray is the elder brother of Britain's former world No. 1 singles tennis player, Andy Murray.

Philipp Petzschner German tennis player

Philipp Petzschner is a retired German professional tennis player. He was known for his hard-hitting forehand and bursts of speed around the court. He reached a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 9, which he achieved in April 2011.

Sam Groth Australian tennis player

Samuel Groth is an Australian former professional tennis player. His highest ATP singles ranking was World No. 53, which he reached in August 2015. His career high in doubles was World No. 24, reached in February 2015. Groth's best singles result was a semi-final appearance at the 2014 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. He hit the fastest serve on record at 263 km/h (163.4 mph) in 2012 at the ATP Challenger in Busan. He currently works for Nine Network for the WWOS and as a host on Postcards.

Colin Fleming British tennis player

Colin Fleming is a British retired professional tennis player who specialised in doubles.

Frederik Nielsen Danish tennis player

Frederik Løchte Nielsen is a professional tennis player. He is currently the top ranked player from Denmark in ATP doubles world rankings. A former Wimbledon men's doubles champion, he peaked at no. 17 in the rankings in April 2013. Nielsen has reached five other doubles finals on tour, winning on two occasions.

Dominic Inglot British tennis player

Dominic Inglot is a British professional tennis player and a Davis Cup champion. A doubles specialist; he has made the final of twenty six ATP World Tour events, winning fourteen, including the Citi Open and Swiss Indoors partnering Treat Huey, and has also made the final of eight ATP Challenger Tour events winning five of them. He is the current British No. 4 in doubles. Also known as 'Dom the Bomb' due to his menacing serve.

Liam Broady British tennis player

Liam Tarquin Broady is a professional tennis player and current British no 4. In 2010, he won the Boys' Doubles at Wimbledon with Tom Farquharson, and the Boys' Doubles at the Australian Open with Joshua Ward-Hibbert, as well as reaching the Boys' Singles finals at Wimbledon 2011 and US Open 2012, peaking at number 2 in the junior world rankings. He currently plays on the ATP Tour and is coached by David Sammel.

References

  1. 1 2 United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 428.
  2. "Roger Taylor". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 30 June 2009.