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Peter Fleming
File:Fleming-Forget.jpg
Fleming and Guy Forget, Wimbledon 2010
Full name Peter Blair Fleming
Country 23x15px United States
Residence Glen Cove, New York
Born (1955-01-21) January 21, 1955 (age 61)
Chatham Borough, New Jersey
Height 6 ft 5 (1.96 m)
Turned pro 1976
Retired 1988
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,986,799
Singles
Career record 222–210 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT & Grand Slam level & Davis Cup)</td></tr>
Career titles 3</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 8 (July 7, 1980)</td></tr>
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1983)</td></tr>
French Open 2R (1977, 1980)</td></tr>
Wimbledon QF (1980)</td></tr>
US Open 3R (1978)</td></tr>
Doubles
Career record 507–177 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT & Grand Slam level & Davis Cup)</td></tr>
Career titles 60</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 1 (June 11, 1984)</td></tr>
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1983)</td></tr>
French Open SF (1987)</td></tr>
Wimbledon W (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984)</td></tr>
US Open W (1979, 1981, 1983)</td></tr>
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon

3R (1987)</td></tr></table> Peter Blair Fleming (born January 21, 1955 in Chatham Borough, New Jersey) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. Fleming is best known for his successful doubles partnership with John McEnroe, with whom he won 52 titles, seven at Grand Slams (four at Wimbledon, three at the US Open). As a singles player, he peaked at World No. 8, winning three titles (including the 1979 Cincinnati Open).

Tennis career

Fleming attended Chatham High School, where he won the New Jersey high school individual championship in 1972, during his junior year.[1]

Fleming was a highly successful professional tennis player. During the 1980s, Fleming teamed up with fellow American John McEnroe to dominate the men's doubles game. The duo won 50 doubles titles together, including four at Wimbledon (1979, 1981, 1983 and 1984), and three at the US Open (1979, 1981 and 1983). This success triggered Fleming's famous, and modest, quote that "The best doubles pair in the world is John McEnroe and anyone", though arguably Fleming provided a perfect physical, technical and mental counterpart to McEnroe.[2]

Fleming also played on three American Davis Cup winning teams (1979, 1981 and 1982), and helped the US win the World Team Cup twice (1984 and 1985). Fleming reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1984. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 8 in 1980, the year in which he reached the quarter-finals at the Wimbledon championships. Over the course of his career Fleming won three top-level singles titles and sixty doubles titles. Prior to turning professional, Fleming played tennis for the University of California, Los Angeles (after transferring from the University of Michigan), and won the National Collegiate Athletic Association doubles title in 1976.

Since retiring as a player, Fleming has become a tennis commentator for Sky Sports, Eurosport and the BBC.

Fleming is a keen golfer (handicap 10) and is an active member of The Stage Golf Society.

He was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame.[3] On July 30, 2011, Fleming, the Farmers Classic 1979 singles and 1983 doubles champion, was named 2011 Farmers Classic Tournament Honoree.[4]

WCT, Grand Prix, and Grand Slam doubles finals

Wins (60)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1976 La Costa, U.S. Hard 23x15px Gene Mayer 23x15px Marty Riessen
23x15px Roscoe Tanner
6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 2. 1977 Columbus, U.S. Clay 23x15px Gene Mayer 23x15px Robert Lutz
23x15px Stan Smith
6–4, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 1977 Laguna Niguel, U.S. Hard 23x15px Trey Waltke 23x15px James Chico Hagey
23x15px Billy Martin
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 1977 Johannesburg WCT, South Africa Hard 23x15px Raymond Moore 23x15px Marty Riessen
23x15px Roscoe Tanner
6–7, 6–7
Winner 1. 1978 Monte Carlo WCT, Monaco Clay 23x15px Tomáš Šmíd 23x15px Jaime Fillol
23x15px Ilie Năstase
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 1978 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Bob Hewitt
23x15px Frew McMillan
1–6, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 1978 South Orange, U.S. Clay 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Ion Ţiriac
23x15px Guillermo Vilas
6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. 1978 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Robert Lutz
23x15px Stan Smith
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1978 Maui, U.S. Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Tim Gullikson
23x15px Tom Gullikson
6–7, 6–7
Winner 4. 1978 Cologne, Germany Hard (i) 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Bob Hewitt
23x15px Frew McMillan
6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. 1978 Bologna, Italy Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Jean-Louis Haillet
23x15px Antonio Zugarelli
6–1, 6–4
Winner 6. 1978 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard 23x15px Raymond Moore 23x15px Bob Hewitt
23x15px Frew McMillan
6–3, 7–6
Winner 7. 1979 World Doubles WCT, London Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Ilie Năstase
23x15px Sherwood Stewart
3–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 7. 1979 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Wojtek Fibak
23x15px Tom Okker
7–5, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 1979 New Orleans, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Robert Lutz
23x15px Stan Smith
6–1, 6–3
Winner 9. 1979 Milan, Italy Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px José Luis Clerc
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
6–1, 6–3
Winner 10. 1979 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x16px Heinz Günthardt
23x15px Bernard Mitton
6–4, 6–4
Winner 11. 1979 San Jose, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Hank Pfister
23x15px Brad Rowe
6–3, 6–4
Winner 12. 1979 Rome, Italy Carpet 23x15px Tomáš Šmíd 23x15px José Luis Clerc
23x15px Ilie Năstase
4–6, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 13. 1979 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Brian Gottfried
23x15px Raúl Ramírez
4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 14. 1979 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Gene Mayer
23x15px Sandy Mayer
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 15. 1979 South Orange, U.S. Clay 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Fritz Buehning
23x15px Bruce Nichols
6–1, 6–3
Winner 16. 1979 Toronto, Canada Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x16px Heinz Günthardt
23x15px Bob Hewitt
6–7, 7–6, 6–1
Winner 17. 1979 US Open, New York City Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Robert Lutz
23x15px Stan Smith
6–2, 6–4
Winner 18. 1979 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Wojtek Fibak
23x15px Frew McMillan
6–1, 6–4
Winner 19. 1979 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Wojtek Fibak
23x15px Tom Okker
6–4, 6–4
Winner 20. 1979 Wembley, England Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
23x15px Stan Smith
6–2, 6–3
Winner 21. 1979 Bologna, Italy Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Fritz Buehning
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
6–1, 6–1
Winner 22. 1980 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Brian Gottfried
23x15px Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 7–6
Winner 23. 1980 Milan, Italy Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Andrew Pattison
23x15px Butch Walts
6–2, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 24. 1980 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Peter McNamara
23x15px Paul McNamee
6–2, 5–7, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 1980 Columbus, U.S. Hard 23x15px Eliot Teltscher 23x15px Brian Gottfried
23x15px Sandy Mayer
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 1980 US Open, New York Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Robert Lutz
23x15px Stan Smith
6–7, 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 25. 1980 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Gene Mayer
23x15px Sandy Mayer
6–1, 6–4
Winner 26. 1980 Maui, U.S. Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Victor Amaya
23x15px Hank Pfister
7–6, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 27. 1980 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Tim Gullikson
23x15px Johan Kriek
4–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 28. 1980 Hong Kong Hard 23x15px Ferdi Taygan 23x15px Bruce Manson
23x15px Brian Teacher
7–5, 6–2
Winner 29. 1980 Wembley, England Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Bill Scanlon
23x15px Eliot Teltscher
7–5, 6–3
Winner 30. 1981 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Tracy Delatte
23x15px Trey Waltke
6–3, 7–6
Winner 31. 1981 Forest Hills WCT, U.S. Clay 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px John Fitzgerald
23x15px Andy Kohlberg
6–4, 6–4
Winner 32. 1981 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Robert Lutz
23x15px Stan Smith
6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 1981 Montreal, Canada Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Raúl Ramírez
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
6–2, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 33. 1981 Atlanta, U.S. Hard 23x15px Fritz Buehning 23x15px Sammy Giammalva Jr.
23x15px Tony Giammalva
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 34. 1981 US Open, New York Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x16px Heinz Günthardt
23x15px Peter McNamara
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Winner 35. 1981 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Mark Edmondson
23x15px Sherwood Stewart
7–6, 6–4
Winner 36. 1981 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Sherwood Stewart
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
6–7, 7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 11. 1981 Wembley, England Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Sherwood Stewart
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
5–7, 7–6, 4–6
Winner 37. 1982 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Sherwood Stewart
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 1982 Memphis, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Kevin Curren
23x15px Steve Denton
6–7, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 1982 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Paul McNamee
23x15px Peter McNamara
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 1982 Toronto, Canada Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Steve Denton
23x15px Mark Edmondson
7–6, 5–7, 2–6
Winner 38. 1982 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Steve Denton
23x15px Mark Edmondson
6–2, 6–3
Winner 39. 1982 Wembley, England Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x16px Heinz Günthardt
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 1983 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Kevin Curren
23x15px Steve Denton
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 16. 1983 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 23x15px Pavel Složil 23x15px Fritz Buehning
23x15px Tom Gullikson
6–7, 6–4, 6–7
Runner-up 17. 1983 Milan, Italy Carpet 23x15px Fritz Buehning 23x15px Pavel Složil
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
2–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 40. 1983 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Sandy Mayer
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
6–1, 6–2
Winner 41. 1983 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Tim Gullikson
23x15px Tom Gullikson
6–4, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 42. 1983 US Open, New York Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Fritz Buehning
23x15px Van Winitsky
6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 43. 1983 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Ivan Lendl
23x15px Vincent Van Patten
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 18. 1983 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 23x15px Johan Kriek 23x15px Anders Järryd
23x15px Hans Simonsson
3–6, 4–6
Winner 44. 1983 Wembley, England Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Steve Denton
23x15px Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 6–4
Winner 45. 1984 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Henri Leconte
23x15px Yannick Noah
6–2, 6–3
Winner 46. 1984 Memphis, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Fritz Buehning 23x16px Heinz Günthardt
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
6–3, 6–0
Winner 47. 1984 Madrid, Spain Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Fritz Buehning
23x15px Ferdi Taygan
6–3, 6–3
Winner 48. 1984 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Pat Cash
23x15px Paul McNamee
6–2, 5–7, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 49. 1984 Toronto, Canada Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px John Fitzgerald
23x15px Kim Warwick
6–4, 6–2
Winner 50. 1984 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Mike De Palmer
23x15px Sammy Giammalva Jr.
6–3, 6–4
Winner 51. 1984 Masters, New York Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Pavel Složil
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
6–2, 6–2
Winner 52. 1985 Toronto Indoor, Canada Carpet 23x15px Anders Järryd 23x15px Glenn Layendecker
23x15px Glenn Michibata
7–6, 6–2
Winner 53. 1985 Houston, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Hank Pfister
23x15px Ben Testerman
6–3, 6–2
Winner 54. 1985 Dallas, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Mark Edmondson
23x15px Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 6–1
Winner 55. 1986 La Quinta, U.S. Carpet 23x15px Guy Forget 23x15px Yannick Noah
23x15px Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 1986 Wimbledon, London Grass 23x15px Gary Donnelly 23x15px Joakim Nyström
23x15px Mats Wilander
6–7, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 56. 1986 Stratton Mountain, U.S. Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Paul Annacone
23x15px Christo van Rensburg
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 20. 1986 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Stefan Edberg
23x15px Anders Järryd
6–3, 5–7, 6–7
Winner 57. 1986 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Mike De Palmer
23x15px Gary Donnelly
6–4, 7–6
Winner 58. 1986 Paris Indoor, France Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe
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    23x15px Diego Pérez
6–3, 6–2
Winner 59. 1986 Wembley, England Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 23x15px Sherwood Stewart
23x15px Kim Warwick
3–6, 7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 21. 1987 Forest Hills, U.S. Clay 23x15px Gary Donnelly 23x15px Guy Forget
23x15px Yannick Noah
6–4, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 60. 1987 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard 23x15px Gary Donnelly 23x15px Laurie Warder
23x15px Blaine Willenborg
6–2, 7–6

Grand Prix, WCT, and Grand Slam singles finals

Wins (3)

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1978 Maui, U.S. Hard 23x15px Bill Scanlon 2–6, 0–6
Winner 1. 1978 Bologna, Italy Carpet 23x15px Adriano Panatta 6–2, 7–6
Runner-up 2. 1978 Montego Bay, Jamaica Hard 23x15px Ilie Năstase 6–2, 6–5, 2–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1979 San Jose, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 6–7, 6–7
Winner 2. 1979 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard 23x15px Roscoe Tanner 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 1979 Los Angeles, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 1979 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet 23x15px John McEnroe 6–4, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 1979 Maui, U.S. Hard 23x15px Bill Scanlon 1–6, 1–6

Doubles records with John McEnroe

Tournament Years Record accomplished Player tied
Grand Prix Tour Finals 1978–84 7 doubles titles consecutive and overall John McEnroe
Grand Prix Tour Finals 1978–84 7 doubles titles consecutive and overall as a team Stands alone
Grand Prix Tour 1979 14 doubles titles in 1 season as a team Stands alone

References

  1. ^ Best Boys Tennis Team of the Century, The Star-Ledger. Accessed December 10, 2007.
  2. ^ McEnroe, John; James Kaplan (2002). You Cannot Be Serious. New York: Berkley Books. p. 109. ISBN 0-425-19008-0. 
  3. ^ ITA Men's Hall of Fame
  4. ^ 2011 Tournament Honoree: Peter Fleming, FarmersClassic.com, July 30, 2011

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