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Todd Witsken

Todd Witsken
Country 23x15px United States
Born (1963-11-04)November 4, 1963
Indianapolis, Indiana
Died May 25, 1998(1998-05-25) (aged 34)
Zionsville, Indiana
Turned pro 1985
Retired 1993
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
College University of Southern California
Prize money $1,420,910
Singles
Career record 115–135
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 43 (November 13, 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1988)
French Open 2R (1988, 1989)
Wimbledon 2R (1986, 1989)
US Open 4R (1986)
Doubles
Career record 222–148
Career titles 12
Highest ranking No. 4 (August 29, 1988)

Todd Witsken (November 4, 1963 – May 25, 1998) was an American tennis player. He specialized in playing doubles and began his professional career in 1985. He was a three-time all-American at the University of Southern California. His career-high rankings were World No. 43 in singles and No. 4 in doubles.[1] Witsken retired just before the 1993 US Open and died from brain cancer on May 25, 1998, at the age of 34.[1]

Witsken's biggest singles win was at the 1986 US Open, where he beat 5-time US Open champion, Jimmy Connors, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5, in their third round match. It was the first time since 1973 that Connors had failed to reach the US Open semi finals.

In 1989 he lost to Greg Holmes 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 14-12 in the second round at Wimbledon, a match that was the longest Men's singles match at Wimbledon, timed at 5 hours 28 minutes, until the epic Isner-Mahut match in 2010.

He was one of eight children born to Marilyn and Henry Witsken. His hometown was Carmel, Indiana, where he left behind four children.

ATP Tour finals (22)

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (2)
ATP International Series Gold (0)
ATP Tour (10)

Doubles champion (12)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. October 4, 1987 San Francisco, USA Carpet (i) 23x15px Glenn Layendecker 23x15px Jim Grabb
23x15px Patrick McEnroe
2–6, 6–0, 4–6
Runner-up 2. March 6, 1988 Indian Wells, USA Hard 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Boris Becker
23x15px Guy Forget
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. May 1, 1988 Charleston, USA Clay 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Pieter Aldrich
23x15px Danie Visser
6–7, 3–6
Winner 1. May 8, 1988 Forest Hills, USA Clay 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Pieter Aldrich
23x15px Danie Visser
6–3, 7–6
Winner 2. May 15, 1988 Rome, Italy Clay 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Anders Järryd
23x15px Tomáš Šmíd
6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. July 10, 1988 Boston, USA Clay 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Bruno Orešar
23x15px Jaime Yzaga
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 4. July 24, 1988 Washington, USA Hard 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Rick Leach
23x15px Jim Pugh
3–6, 7–6, 2–6
Winner 4. July 31, 1988 Stratton Mountain, USA Hard 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Pieter Aldrich
23x15px Danie Visser
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 5. November 27, 1988 Itaparica, Brazil Hard 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Sergio Casal
23x15px Emilio Sánchez
6–7, 6–7
Winner 5. April 16, 1989 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Carpet (i) 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Patrick McEnroe
23x15px Tim Wilkison
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 6. July 16, 1989 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay 23x15px Cassio Motta 23x15px Petr Korda
23x15px Milan Šrejber
6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. August 20, 1989 Montreal, Canada Hard 23x15px Kelly Evernden 23x15px Charles Beckman
23x15px Shelby Cannon
6–3, 6–3
Winner 8. November 12, 1989 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Rick Leach
23x15px Jim Pugh
6–3, 5–7, 6–3
Runner-up 6. November 26, 1989 Itaparica, Brazil Hard 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Rick Leach
23x15px Jim Pugh
2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 7. July 22, 1990 Washington, USA Hard 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Grant Connell
23x15px Glenn Michibata
3–6, 7–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. October 21, 1990 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) 23x15px Jorge Lozano 23x15px Udo Riglewski
23x15px Michael Stich
4–6, 4–6
Winner 9. April 7, 1991 Hong Kong Hard 23x15px Patrick Galbraith 23x15px Glenn Michibata
23x15px Robert Van't Hof
6–2, 6–4
Winner 10. May 5, 1991 Munich, Germany Clay 23x15px Patrick Galbraith 23x15px Anders Järryd
23x15px Danie Visser
7–5, 6–4
Winner 11. July 28, 1991 Montreal, Canada Hard 23x15px Patrick Galbraith 23x15px Grant Connell
23x15px Glenn Michibata
6–4, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 12. March 22, 1992 Key Biscayne, USA Hard 23x15px Ken Flach 23x15px Kent Kinnear
23x15px Sven Salumaa
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 9. July 19, 1992 Washington, USA Hard 23x15px Ken Flach 23x15px Bret Garnett
23x15px Jared Palmer
2–6, 3–6

Singles finals (1)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. February 11, 1990 San Francisco, USA carpet (i) 23x15px Andre Agassi 1–6, 3–6

References

  1. ^ a b "Todd Witsken, 34, Champion in Tennis Doubles". New york Times. May 27, 1998. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 

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