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Colin Dowdeswell

Colin Dowdeswell
Country 23x15px Rhodesia
(1972–1976)
23x16px Switzerland (1977–1981)
23x15px Great Britain
(1982–1986)
Born (1955-05-12) 12 May 1955 (age 65)
London, England
Height 6'1" (185 cm)
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $327,277
Singles
Career record 113–171
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 31 (12 December 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1984)
French Open 2R (1977, 1978, 1979)
Wimbledon 2R (1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1986)
US Open 4R (1976, 1978)
Doubles
Career record 216–162
Career titles 11
Highest ranking No. 24 (24 March 1980)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1984, 1985)
French Open QF (1977)
Wimbledon F (1975)
US Open SF (1976)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open F (1976)
Wimbledon QF (1976, 1980)
US Open SF (1984)

Colin Dowdeswell (born 12 May 1955), is an English-born former professional tennis player who represented, at different times, Rhodesia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom[1] and who achieved rank as UK number 1. During his time on the world tour, he won 1 singles title and 11 doubles titles.[2] Perhaps the highlight of his career was reaching the men's doubles final of Wimbledon.

Early life

Dowdeswell was born in London but grew up in Rhodesia and went to university in South Africa.[3]

Tennis career highlights

Partnering Australian Allan Stone, Dowdeswell finished runner-up in doubles at Wimbledon in 1975. Unseeded, after two straight sets wins, they defeated the No. 7 seeds Tom Okker and Marty Riessen in the round of sixteen in four sets. They did likewise in eliminating the No. 3 seeds, Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan, in the quarterfinals. It took Dowdeswell and Stone then five sets to overcome the unseeded team of Dick Crealy and Niki Pilic in the semi-finals. They lost the final to another unseeded tandem, Vitas Gerulaitis and Sandy Mayer, 5–7, 6–8, 4–6.[4]

Dowdeswell achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 31 in 1983 and a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 24 in 1980.[2]

Grand Prix and WCT singles finals (4)

Titles (1)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1974 Dublin, Ireland Outdoor 23x15px Sherwood Stewart 3–6, 8–9
Winner 1. 1975 Istanbul, Turkey Outdoor 23x15px Ferdi Taygan 6–1, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1978 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard 23x15px Cliff Richey 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1983 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard 23x15px Johan Kriek 4–6, 6–4, 6–1, 5–7, 3–6

Grand Slam, Grand Prix, and WCT doubles finals (28)

Titles (11)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1974 Dublin, Ireland Outdoor 23x15px John Yuill 23x15px Lito Álvarez
23x15px Jorge Andrew
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 1975 Birmingham, US Carpet 23x15px John Yuill 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender
23x15px Karl Meiler
1–6, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 2. 1975 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px Allan Stone 23x15px Vitas Gerulaitis
23x15px Sandy Mayer
5–7, 6–8, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1975 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 23x15px Ken Rosewall 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender
23x15px Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
4–6, 7–9, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 1975 Istanbul, Turkey Outdoor 23x15px John Feaver 23x15px Colin Dibley
23x15px Thomaz Koch
2–6, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 1976 Nuremberg, Germany Carpet 23x15px Peter Kronk 23x15px Frew McMillan
23x15px Karl Meiler
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 1976 Barcelona, Spain Clay 23x15px Peter Kronk 23x15px Wojtek Fibak
23x15px Jacek Niedzwiedzki
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 1976 Cologne, Germany Carpet 23x15px Mike Estep 23x15px Bob Hewitt
23x15px Frew McMillan
1–6, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 8. 1977 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 23x15px Bob Hewitt 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender
23x15px Karl Meiler
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 9. 1977 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 23x15px Chris Kachel 23x15px Buster Mottram
23x15px Roger Taylor
6–7, 4–6
Winner 2. 1978 Sarasota, US Carpet 23x15px Geoff Masters 23x15px Byron Bertram
23x15px Bernard Mitton
2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 1978 Lagos, Nigeria Clay 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender 23x15px George Hardie
Template:Country data IND Sashi Menon
3–6, 6–3, 5–7
Winner 3. 1978 Berlin, Germany Clay 23x15px Jürgen Fassbender 23x15px Željko Franulović
23x15px Hans Gildemeister
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1978 Toronto, Canada Clay 23x16px Heinz Günthardt 23x15px Wojtek Fibak
23x15px Tom Okker
3–6, 6–7
Winner 4. 1979 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard 23x16px Heinz Günthardt 23x15px Raymond Moore
23x15px Ilie Năstase
6–3, 7–6
Winner 5. 1979 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay 23x15px Frew McMillan 23x15px Wojtek Fibak
23x15px Pavel Složil
6–4, 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 1980 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard 23x16px Heinz Günthardt 23x15px Bob Hewitt
23x15px Frew McMillan
4–6, 3–6
Winner 6. 1980 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 23x15px Ismail El Shafei 23x15px Mark Edmondson
23x15px Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. 1980 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay 23x15px Frew McMillan 23x15px Chris Lewis
23x15px John Yuill
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 13. 1983 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 23x15px Wojtek Fibak 23x15px Pavel Složil
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 1983 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 23x15px Zoltan Kuharszky 23x15px Wojtek Fibak
23x15px Pavel Složil
5–7, 2–6
Winner 8. 1983 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard 23x15px Zoltan Kuharszky 23x15px Peter Elter
23x15px Peter Feigl
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 15. 1984 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay 23x15px Wojtek Fibak 23x15px Henri Leconte
23x15px Pascal Portes
6–2, 6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 16. 1984 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard 23x16px Jakob Hlasek 23x15px Peter Doohan
23x15px Brian Levine
3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 1985 Palermo, Italy Clay 23x15px Joakim Nyström 23x15px Sergio Casal
23x15px Emilio Sánchez
6–4, 6–7, 7–6
Winner 10. 1985 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard 23x15px Christo van Rensburg Template:Country data ISR Amos Mansdorf
Template:Country data ISR Shahar Perkiss
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Winner 11. 1986 Milan, Italy Carpet 23x15px Christo Steyn 23x15px Brian Levine
23x15px Laurie Warder
6–3, 4–6, 6–1
Runner-up 17. 1986 Nice, France Clay 23x15px Gary Donnelly 23x16px Jakob Hlasek
23x15px Pavel Složil
3–6, 6–4, 9–11

Davis Cup

Dowdeswell participated in one Davis Cup tie for Rhodesia in 1976, posting a 2–0 record in singles and an 0–1 record in doubles. He participated in six Davis Cup ties for Great Britain from 1984 to 1986, posting an 0–2 record in singles and a 5–1 record in doubles.

Life outside of tennis

Dowdeswell completed his tennis career in 1986 and began a successful career in Financial Services and Private Banking with Merrill Lynch.[2] Married with three children,[2] he currently resides in Monaco.[citation needed] He has also resided in Wimbledon.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "ITF Men's Circuit Biography of Colin Dowdeswell". ITF Tennis. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "ATP.com Colin Dowdeswell profile". ATP.com. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Official website: Biography. Accessed 11 July 2014
  4. ^ "1975 Wimbledon Men's Doubles drawsheet". ATP.com. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 

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