Thomaz Koch

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Thomaz Koch
Thomaz Koch.jpg
Country (sports) Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
Residence Porto Alegre, Brazil
Born (1945-05-11) 11 May 1945 (age 74)
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Turned pro1968 (amateur tour from 1962)
Retired1985
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record154–132
Career titles14
Highest rankingNo. 12 (1967, World's Top 20)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1968)
Wimbledon QF (1967)
US Open QF (1963)
Doubles
Career record111–99 (Open era)
Career titles3 (Open era)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon SF (1971)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1975)
Wimbledon QF (1971)

Thomaz Koch (born 11 May 1945), is a left-handed former tennis player from Brazil, who was a quarter-finalist at the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. National Championships.

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He won at least 14 singles titles (3 in the Open era) and 3 Open era doubles titles. [1] Whilst Koch's career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 24 (achieved on December 20, 1974), he ranked inside the Top 20 in the 1960s before the invention of the ATP rankings, peaking at World No. 12. [2]

He won two Gold medals in the men's tennis competition at the 1967 Pan American Games. He also won the Wimbledon Plate twice.

1967 Pan American Games fifth edition of the Pan American Games

The fifth Pan American Games were held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, from July 23 to August 6, 1967.

Career finals

Open era singles (3–2)

ResultNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1.1969 Caracas, Venezuela Hard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cox 8–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–4
Win2.1969 Washington, U.S. Hard Flag of the United States.svg Arthur Ashe 7–5, 9–7, 4–6, 2–6, 6–4
Win3.1971 Caracas, Venezuela Hard Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Manuel Orantes 7–6, 6–1, 6–3
Loss1.1976 Khartoum, Sudan Hard Flag of the United States.svg Mike Estep 4–6, 7–6, 4–6, 3–6
Loss2.1976 Nuremberg, Germany Carpet Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Frew McMillan 6–2, 3–6, 4–6

Open era doubles (3–8)

ResultNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss1.1968 Barcelona, SpainClay Flag of Brazil.svg José Mandarino Flag of Brazil.svg Carlos Fernández
Flag of Chile.svg Patricio Rodríguez
2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Loss2.1969 London/Queen's Club, UKGrass Flag of Sweden.svg Ove Nils Bengtson Flag of Australia (converted).svg Owen Davidson
Flag of the United States.svg Dennis Ralston
6–8, 3–6
Loss3.1971 Salisbury, U.S.Carpet Flag of the United States.svg Clark Graebner Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Juan Gisbert, Sr.
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Manuel Orantes
3–6, 6–4, 6–7
Win1.1971 Macon, U.S.Hard Flag of the United States.svg Clark Graebner Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Željko Franulović
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Kodeš
6–3, 7–6
Loss4.1971 Hampton, U.S.Hard (i) Flag of the United States.svg Clark Graebner Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg Ilie Năstase
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg Ion Țiriac
4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Win2.1971 Caracas, VenezuelaClay Flag of Brazil.svg José Edison Mandarino Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gerald Battrick
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Curtis
6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 6–4, 7–6
Loss5.1972 Washington, D.C., U.S.Carpet Flag of the United States.svg Clark Graebner Flag of the United States.svg Tom Edlefsen
Flag of the United States.svg Cliff Richey
4–6, 3–6
Loss6.1974 Gstaad, SwitzerlandClay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Roy Emerson Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg José Higueras
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Manuel Orantes
5–7, 6–0, 1–6, 8–9
Win3.1975 Istanbul, TurkeyOutdoor Flag of Australia (converted).svg Colin Dibley Flag of Rhodesia (1968-1979).svg Colin Dowdeswell
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Feaver
6–2, 6–2, 6–2
Loss7.1982 Itaparica, BrazilCarpet Flag of Brazil.svg Jose Schmidt Flag of Brazil.svg Givaldo Barbosa
Flag of Brazil.svg João Soares
6–7, 1–2, RET.
Loss8.1983 Bahia, BrazilHard Flag of Argentina.svg Ricardo Cano Flag of Brazil.svg Givaldo Barbosa
Flag of Brazil.svg João Soares

Mixed doubles: (1)

ResultDateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Win1975French OpenClay Flag of Uruguay.svg Fiorella Bonicelli Flag of Chile.svg Jaime Fillol
Flag of the United States.svg Pam Teeguarden
6–4, 7–6

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