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Jeff Simpson

Jeff Simpson
Country 23x15px New Zealand
Residence Auckland
Born (1950-10-29) 29 October 1950 (age 69)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Plays Right-handed
Singles
Career record 40-79
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 66 (13 Sep 1973)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (1982)
French Open 1R (1974)
Wimbledon 3R (1973)
US Open 3R (1973)
Doubles
Career record 46-72
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 108 (3 Jan 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1983)
French Open 2R (1983)
Wimbledon 2R (1972, 1973)
US Open 2R (1972, 1973, 1974)

Jeff Simpson (born 29 October 1950) is a former professional tennis player from New Zealand.[1]

Playing career

Over the course of his career, Simpson competed in five Davis Cup ties for the New Zealand team. He won a total of four rubbers, two in singles and two in doubles.[2]

In 1973, Simpson reached the third round of both Wimbledon and the US Open.[3] Those performances saw him reach his career best ranking of 66.[3]

Simpson was a singles semi-finalist at Newport in 1973 and Auckland in 1975.[3] As a doubles player he was runner-up at two Grand Prix events, in Christchurch and Roanoke.[3]

Coaching

Simpson was New Zealand's Davis Cup captain for 16 years, from 1984 to 1999, as well as Fed Cup captain for five years. He also coached New Zealand in the 1988 Summer Olympics and 1996 Summer Olympics.[4]

Personal life

Simpson is the elder brother of Russell Simpson, who was also a professional tennis player.

His son, Matt, competes on the Futures circuit.[5]

Grand Prix career finals

Doubles: 2 (0–2)

Outcome No. Year Tournament Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1973 23x15px Christchurch, New Zealand 23x15px Jurgen Fassbender Template:Country data IND Anand Amritraj
23x15px Fred McNair
W/O
Runner-up 2. 1974 23x15px Roanoke, United States 23x15px Ian Crookenden 23x15px Vitas Gerulaitis
23x15px Sandy Mayer
6-7, 1-6

Challenger titles

Singles: (1)

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1982 23x15px Le Touquet, France Clay 23x16px Roland Stadler 6-7, 6-2, 6-1

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