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Kevin Curren

This article is about the former tennis player. For similarly named people, see Kevin Curran (disambiguation).

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Kevin Curren
Country 23x15px South Africa
23x15px United States
Residence Austin, TX, USA
Born (1958-03-02) 2 March 1958 (age 58)
Durban, South Africa
Height Script error: No such module "convert".
Turned pro 1979
Retired 1993
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,055,510
Singles
Career record 338–235 (Grand Prix, WCT, ATP & Grand Slam-level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 5 (22 July 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1984)
French Open 2R (1992)
Wimbledon F (1985)
US Open 4R (1981, 1990)
Other tournaments
WCT Finals SF (1984)
Doubles
Career record 430–249 (Grand Prix, WCT, ATP & Grand Slam-level, and Davis Cup)</td></tr>
Career titles 26</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 3 (3 January 1983)</td></tr>
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1981)</td></tr>
French Open QF (1984)</td></tr>
Wimbledon SF (1982, 1983)</td></tr>
US Open W (1982)</td></tr>
Mixed doubles
Career titles 3</td></tr>
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1982)</td></tr>
US Open

W (1981, 1982)</td></tr></table>

Kevin Melvyn Curren (born 2 March 1958 in Durban, South Africa) is a former professional tennis player. He played in two Grand Slam singles finals and won four Grand Slam doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 5.

Personal life

Curren became a naturalized American citizen in April 1985.[1]

Tennis career

Curren played both tennis and cricket at Glenwood High School in Durban. He also quickly rose among the ranks as a junior at Montclair Lawn Tennis Club in Montclair, Durban. At college he played tennis for the University of Texas at Austin in the United States and won the NCAA singles title in 1979. He turned professional later that year, and won his first top-level singles title in 1981 in Johannesburg.

In 1983, Curren reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon, beating defending champion, Jimmy Connors, 6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 7–6, in the fourth round, snapping Connors' streak of 27 consecutive major quarterfinals appearances. It would go on to be his only 4th round loss in 35 Grand Slam tournaments appearances. Curren lost to unseeded New Zealander Chris Lewis in a dramatic five-set semifinal match, 7–6, 4–6, 6–7, 7–6, 6–8, which allowed Lewis to become only the seventh unseeded player to reach the Wimbledon final. In 1984, Curren powered his way through the draw and played Mats Wilander in the final of the Australian Open, after making a comeback from two sets down to defeat Ben Testerman in the semifinals. Wilander won the match, played on the grass courts at Kooyong, in four sets, 6–7, 6–4, 7–6, 6–2.

In 1985, Curren became an American citizen, and reached the final at Wimbledon with the help of coaching from Tony Roche. After defeating future champion Stefan Edberg in the fourth round in straight sets, 7–6, 6–3, 7–6, he comprehensively eliminated the then-World No. 1 John McEnroe in the quarterfinals, 6–2, 6–2, 6–4, and World No. 3 Jimmy Connors in the semifinals, 6–2, 6–2, 6–1. Curren was the first player to beat both legends in the same Grand Slam event. McEnroe commented that he felt overpowered[2] and later that he had difficulty in dealing with Curren's highly individualistic and very fast serving[citation needed], which, in its low toss, was hard to read and tended to produce low balls that skipped on the grass courts of the time. In the final, he lost in four sets to Boris Becker, 3–6, 7–6, 6–7, 4–6, in a match best remembered for making the 17-year-old Becker the youngest male Grand Slam champion (a record which was later eclipsed by Michael Chang in 1989 at the French Open). The final was very heated and intense, and Becker sent several hostile glares to Curren before and after points. On one of the final change-overs, Becker even bumped Curren's shoulder as they passed one another. After his defeat, Curren was noted as saying that he thought the game would see an increase in the number of successful young players and predicted that they would have more intense, but shorter, careers.[3] Curren would be the last American man to reach the final at Wimbledon until Andre Agassi did so seven years later in 1992.

Though he never won a Grand Slam singles title, Curren did win four Grand Slam doubles titles. In 1981, he won the US Open mixed doubles, and in 1982 he won the Wimbledon mixed doubles and both men's doubles and mixed doubles at the US Open. During his career, Curren won five top-level singles titles and 26 doubles titles. His career-high rankings were World No. 5 in singles and World No. 3 in doubles. His career prize-money earnings totaled $3,055,510. His final career singles title came in 1989 at Frankfurt, and his last doubles title was won in 1992 in Seoul. Curren retired from the professional tour in 1993.

Since retiring from the tour, Curren has served as captain of South Africa's Davis Cup team.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 2 finals (2 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1984 Australian Open Grass 23x15px Mats Wilander 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–7(3–7), 2–6
Runner-up 1985 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Boris Becker 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7), 4–6

Doubles (1 title)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1982 US Open Hard 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Victor Amaya
23x15px Hank Pfister
6–2, 6–7(4–7), 5–7, 6–2, 6–4

Mixed doubles (3 titles)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1981 US Open Hard 23x15px Anne Smith 23x15px JoAnne Russell
23x15px Steve Denton
6–4, 7–6
Winner 1982 Wimbledon Championships Grass 23x15px Anne Smith 23x15px Wendy Turnbull
23x15px John Lloyd
2–6, 6–3, 7–5
Winner 1982 US Open Hard 23x15px Anne Smith 23x15px Barbara Potter
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
6–7, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)

Singles finals 13 (5-8)

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1981 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard 23x15px Bernard Mitton 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1982 Los Angeles, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Ivan Lendl 6–7(5–7), 5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 1982 Amsterdam, Netherlands Carpet 23x15px Wojtek Fibak 5–7, 6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 1982 Cologne, Germany Hard (i) Template:Country data ISR Shlomo Glickstein 2–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 1983 Milan, Italy Carpet 23x15px Ivan Lendl 7–5, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 1984 Australian Open Grass 23x15px Mats Wilander 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–7(3–7), 2–6
Winner 3. 1985 Toronto, Canada Carpet 23x15px Anders Järryd 7–6(8–6), 6–3
Runner-up 5. 1985 Houston, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 5–7, 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 6. 1985 Wimbledon Grass 23x15px Boris Becker 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Winner 4. 1986 Atlanta, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Tim Wilkison 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 7. 1986 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 3–6, 6–3, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 1988 Toronto, Canada Hard 23x15px Ivan Lendl 6–7(10–12), 2–6
Winner 5. 1989 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet 23x15px Petr Korda 6–2, 7–5

Doubles finals 53 (26-27)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1980 Denver, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Wojtek Fibak
23x16px Heinz Günthardt
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 1980 Washington-2, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Ferdi Taygan
23x15px Brian Teacher
6–4, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 2. 1980 North Conway, U.S. Clay 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Jimmy Connors
23x15px Brian Gottfried
6–7, 3–6
Winner 2. 1980 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Wojtek Fibak
23x15px Ivan Lendl
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Winner 3. 1980 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Bob Hewitt
23x15px Frew McMillan
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 1981 Monterrey WCT, Mexico Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Johan Kriek
23x15px Russell Simpson
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 1981 Brussels, Belgium Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Sandy Mayer
23x15px Frew McMillan
6–4, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 1981 London/Queen's Club, U.K. Grass 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Pat Du Pré
23x15px Brian Teacher
6–3, 6–7, 9–11
Runner-up 5. 1981 Newport, U.S. Grass 23x15px Billy Martin 23x15px Brad Drewett
23x15px Erik Van Dillen
2–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 1981 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Raúl Ramírez
23x15px Van Winitsky
6–3, 5–7, 7–5
Winner 6. 1981 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Sherwood Stewart
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
6–7, 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 6. 1982 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x16px Heinz Günthardt
23x15px Balázs Taróczy
7–6, 3–6, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 7. 1982 Denver, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Phil Dent
23x15px Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–4
Winner 8. 1982 Memphis, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Peter Fleming
23x15px John McEnroe
7–6, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 1982 Munich-2 WCT, Germany Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Mark Edmondson
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 1982 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet 23x15px Fritz Buehning 23x15px Mark Edmondson
23x15px Sherwood Stewart
5–7, 2–6
Winner 9. 1982 Houston, U.S. Clay 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Mark Edmondson
23x15px Peter McNamara
7–5, 6–4
Winner 10. 1982 U.S. Open, New York Hard 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Victor Amaya
23x15px Hank Pfister
6–2, 6–7, 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 11. 1982 Los Angeles-2 WCT, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Hank Pfister 23x15px Andy Andrews
23x15px Drew Gitlin
4–6, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 9. 1982 Amsterdam WCT, Netherlands Carpet 23x15px Buster Mottram 23x15px Fritz Buehning
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 3–6, 0–6
Winner 12. 1983 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Peter Fleming
23x15px John McEnroe
6–4, 7–6
Winner 13. 1983 Munich WCT, Germany Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x16px Heinz Günthardt
23x15px Balázs Taróczy
7–5, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 14. 1983 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Mark Dickson
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 6–7, 6–1
Winner 15. 1983 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Tracy Delatte
23x15px Johan Kriek
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 10. 1983 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Tracy Delatte
23x15px Johan Kriek
7–6, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 1983 London/Queen's Club, U.K. Grass 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Brian Gottfried
23x15px Paul McNamee
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 1984 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px John McEnroe
23x15px Patrick McEnroe
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 1984 Brussels, Belgium Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Tim Gullikson
23x15px Tom Gullikson
4–6, 7–6, 6–7
Winner 16. 1984 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet 23x15px Wojtek Fibak 23x15px Fritz Buehning
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 1984 Milan, Italy Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Pavel Složil
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 15. 1985 Memphis, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Steve Denton 23x15px Pavel Složil
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 16. 1985 Brussels, Belgium Carpet 23x15px Wojtek Fibak 23x15px Stefan Edberg
23x15px Anders Järryd
3–6, 6–7
Winner 17. 1986 London/Queen's Club, U.K. Grass 23x15px Guy Forget 23x15px Darren Cahill
23x15px Mark Kratzmann
6–2, 7–6
Winner 18. 1987 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard 23x15px Paul Annacone 23x15px Andrés Gómez
23x15px Anders Järryd
6–4, 7–6
Winner 19. 1987 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard 23x15px David Pate 23x15px Brad Gilbert
23x15px Tim Wilkison
6–3, 6–4
Winner 20. 1987 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i) 23x15px David Pate 23x15px Eric Korita
23x15px Brad Pearce
6–4, 6–4
Winner 21. 1988 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px David Pate 23x15px Peter Lundgren
23x15px Mikael Pernfors
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 17. 1988 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Danie Visser 23x15px Kelly Evernden
23x15px Johan Kriek
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 18. 1988 Vienna, Austria Carpet 23x15px Tomáš Šmíd 23x15px Alex Antonitsch
23x15px Balázs Taróczy
6–4, 3–6, 6–7
Winner 22. 1988 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 23x15px Jim Grabb 23x15px Paul Annacone
23x15px John Fitzgerald
7–5, 7–5
Winner 23. 1988 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i) 23x15px David Pate 23x15px Gary Muller
23x15px Tim Wilkison
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 19. 1989 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard 23x15px David Pate 23x15px Boris Becker
23x16px Jakob Hlasek
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 20. 1989 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard 23x15px David Pate 23x15px Ken Flach
23x15px Robert Seguso
4–6, 4–6
Winner 24. 1989 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet 23x15px David Pate 23x15px Andrés Gómez
23x15px Slobodan Živojinović
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 21. 1989 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet 23x15px Eric Jelen 23x15px Pieter Aldrich
23x15px Danie Visser
6–7, 7–6, 3–6
Runner-up 22. 1989 Wembley, U.K. Carpet 23x15px Jeremy Bates 23x16px Jakob Hlasek
23x15px John McEnroe
1–6, 6–7
Runner-up 23. 1990 Toronto Indoor, Canada Carpet 23x15px Neil Broad 23x15px Patrick Galbraith
23x15px David Macpherson
6–2, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 24. 1990 Hong Kong Hard 23x15px Joey Rive 23x15px Pat Cash
23x15px Wally Masur
3–6, 3–6
Winner 25. 1990 London/Queen's Club, U.K. Grass 23x15px Jeremy Bates 23x15px Henri Leconte
23x15px Ivan Lendl
6–2, 7–6
Runner-up 25. 1990 Berlin, Germany Carpet 23x15px Patrick Galbraith 23x15px Pieter Aldrich
23x15px Danie Visser
6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 26. 1991 Lyon, France Hard (i) 23x15px Jeremy Bates 23x15px Steve DeVries
23x15px David Macpherson
6–7, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 27. 1992 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Gary Muller 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
5–7, 6–4, 6–7
Winner 26. 1992 Seoul, South Korea Hard 23x15px Gary Muller 23x15px Kelly Evernden
23x15px Brad Pearce
7–6, 6–4

References

  1. ITF Tennis – Mens Circuit – Player Biography
  2. "McEnroe Gets What He Had Coming: a Loss", Los Angeles Times, 4 July 1985.
  3. "1985: Boris Becker wins Wimbledon at 17". BBC. 7 July 1985. Retrieved 18 October 2008. 

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