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winner of 94 singles titles (including 8 Gram Slam titles)
Ivan Lendl was born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, on March 7, 1960. Both of his parents were top tennis players in Czechoslovakia; in fact, his mother was at one point ranked Number 2 woman player in the country. Ivan first came to the tennis world's attention in his own right as an outstanding junior player. In 1978, he won the boy's singles titles at both the French Open and Wimbledon, and was ranked the Number 1 Junior Player in the world that same year. He then left the amateur circuit and turned professional.
Chronology of His Professional Career
Made it to a record 52 finals matches
(including 19 in Gram Slam events -- a record for male
Won 44 matches in a row between October
1981 and February 1982, the second-longest streak in the
Made it to 8 consecutive U.S. Open finals between 1982 and 1989.
Shares a record with Jimmy Connors (1974) and Guillermo Vilas (1977) for most tournaments won in a single year, 15 in 1982.
Ranked Number 1 in the world for 157 straight weeks (1985-1988), 3 short of Jimmy Connors' record. Finished four years as Number 1 (1985, 1986, 1987, and 1989). His total of 270 weeks ranked Number 1 broke Jimmy Connors' record; it has subsequently been broken by Pete Sampras.
At the time of his retirement, he had earned $21,262,417 in prize money, a record at the time.
Honors and Awards
ATP Most Improved Player in 1981
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001.
Since leaving the professional tennis circuit Lendl has transferred his competitive spirit to professional golf. After a developmental period on the Moonlightgolf.com Tour he captured a win on the Celebrity Tour. In 2004, he organized the Ivan Lendl Celebrity Golf Tournament. He still competes at the mini-tour level, but devotes much of his time to managing his daughters' golfing abilities.
Ivan Lendl married Samantha Frankel on September 16, 1989. The couple has five daughters.
Lendl defected to the United States in 1986 after the Czechoslovakian Tennis Association told him that he would not be allowed to travel abroad for tournaments any more because he had played a match in Sun City, South Africa. He became an American citizen in 1992.
He currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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