Byron Black
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Byron Black

Byron Black
Country (sports) Zimbabwe
ResidenceHarare, Zimbabwe
Born (1969-10-06) 6 October 1969 (age 51)
Salisbury, Rhodesia
(now Harare, Zimbabwe)
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1991
Retired2002
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money$5,159,775
Singles
Career record257-246 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 22 (29 April 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1998)
French Open3R (1999)
WimbledonQF (2000)
US OpenQF (1995)
Other tournaments
Grand Slam CupQF (1995)
Olympic Games2R (1996)
Doubles
Career record328-201 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles22
Highest rankingNo. 1 (14 February 1994)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1994, 2001)
French OpenW (1994)
WimbledonF (1996)
US OpenSF (1999)

Byron Black (born 6 October 1969) is a former touring professional tennis and Davis Cup player for Zimbabwe.

Personal life

He is the son of Donald Black and Velia Black and brother to Wayne Black and Cara, who were also professional tennis players. He attended the University of Southern California and was named an All-American by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).[1]

Tennis career

Black started playing tennis at a young age at his father's grass court in Highlands, and played the game for Lewisham Primary School in his hometown. He played for the tennis team when he moved to the Oriel Boys High School, where he was exposed to other future Davis Cup players for Zimbabwe like Greig Rodgers and Mark Gurr.

Pro tour

In 1995, Black was a US Open quarterfinalist, and in 2000, he reached the same round at Wimbledon. His career-high singles ranking was world No. 22, which he achieved in June 1996.

An accomplished doubles player, Black became world No. 1 in doubles in February 1994. He won the 1994 French Open partnering Jonathan Stark. Black was a doubles finalist in three other majors, the 1994 and 2001 Australian Opens and the 1996 Wimbledon Championships.

Black is one of the few professional players to have played with a double-handed forehand.[2]

Black formed the core of the Zimbabwe Davis Cup team with his brother Wayne.

Career finals

Doubles: 41 (22 titles, 19 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam (1-3)
ATP Masters Series (5-5)
ATP Championship Series (3-4)
ATP Tour (13-7)
Finals by surface
Hard (14-12)
Clay (4-2)
Grass (1-2)
Carpet (3-3)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Apr 1992 Hong Kong, UK Hard South Africa Byron Talbot United States Brad Gilbert
United States Jim Grabb
2-6, 1-6
Win 1. Apr 1993 Durban, South Africa Hard South Africa Lan Bale South Africa Johan de Beer
South Africa Marcos Ondruska
7-6, 6-2
Loss 2. Jul 1993 Newport, U.S. Grass United States Jim Pugh Argentina Javier Frana
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
6-4, 1-6, 6-7
Win 2. Jul 1993 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard United States Rick Leach Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
6-4, 7-5
Loss 3. Aug 1993 Schenectady, U.S. Hard New Zealand Brett Steven Germany Bernd Karbacher
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
6-2, 6-7, 1-6
Win 3. Oct 1993 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Brad Pearce
United States Dave Randall
3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Win 4. Oct 1993 Toulouse, France Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark Germany David Prinosil
Germany Udo Riglewski
7-5, 7-6
Win 5. Oct 1993 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Mike Bauer
Germany David Prinosil
6-3, 7-6
Win 6. Nov 1993 Paris, France Carpet (i) United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Tom Nijssen
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Loss 4. Jan 1994 Adelaide, Australia Hard South Africa David Adams Australia Mark Kratzmann
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
4-6, 3-6
Loss 5. Jan 1994 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 3-6
Loss 6. Feb 1994 San Jose, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Rick Leach
United States Jared Palmer
6-4, 4-6, 4-6
Win 7. Feb 1994 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Jim Grabb
United States Jared Palmer
7-6, 6-4
Loss 7. Feb 1994 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard United States Jonathan Stark Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
5-7, 3-6
Win 8. Jun 1994 French Open, Paris Clay United States Jonathan Stark Sweden Jan Apell
Sweden Jonas Björkman
6-4, 7-6
Win 9. Aug 1994 Toronto, Canada Hard United States Jonathan Stark United States Patrick McEnroe
United States Jared Palmer
6-4, 6-4
Loss 8. Oct 1994 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
4-6, 6-7
Loss 9. Oct 1994 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
3-6, 6-3, 4-6
Loss 10. Nov 1994 Paris, France Carpet (i) United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
6-3, 6-7, 5-7
Loss 11. Jan 1995 Adelaide, Australia Hard Canada Grant Connell United States Jim Courier
Australia Patrick Rafter
6-7, 4-6
Loss 12. May 1995 Hamburg, Germany Clay Russia Andrei Olhovskiy South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
1-6, 6-7
Win 10. May 1995 Bologna, Italy Clay United States Jonathan Stark Belgium Libor Pimek
United States Vince Spadea
7-5, 6-3
Win 11. Nov 1995 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Tommy Ho
New Zealand Brett Steven
6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Win 12. Feb 1996 Dubai, UAE Hard Canada Grant Connell Czech Republic Karel Nová?ek
Czech Republic Ji?í Novák
6-0, 6-1
Loss 13. Mar 1996 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i) Canada Grant Connell Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6-7, 2-6
Loss 14. Apr 1996 New Delhi, India Hard Australia Sandon Stolle Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
6-4, 4-6, 4-6
Win 13. May 1996 Rome, Italy Clay United States Jonathan Stark Belgium Libor Pimek
South Africa Byron Talbot
6-2, 6-3
Win 14. Jun 1996 Halle, Germany Grass Canada Grant Connell Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6-1, 7-5
Loss 15. Jul 1996 Wimbledon, England Grass Canada Grant Connell Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6-4, 1-6, 3-6, 2-6
Win 15. Aug 1996 New Haven, U.S. Hard Canada Grant Connell Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
6-4, 6-4
Loss 16. May 1997 Rome, Italy Clay United States Alex O'Brien The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
3-6, 6-4, 5-7
Win 16. Apr 1998 Hong Kong Hard United States Alex O'Brien South Africa Neville Godwin
Finland Tuomas Ketola
7-5, 6-1
Loss 17. Mar 1999 London, England Carpet (i) South Africa Wayne Ferreira United Kingdom Tim Henman
United Kingdom Greg Rusedski
3-6, 6-7(6-8)
Win 17. Aug 1999 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Croatia Goran Ivani?evi?
United States Brian MacPhie
6-2, 7-6(7-4)
Loss 18. Aug 1999 Montreal, Canada Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Patrick Rafter
6-7(5-7), 4-6
Win 18. Aug 1999 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard Sweden Jonas Björkman Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6-3, 7-6(8-6)
Win 19. Nov 1999 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) Sweden Jonas Björkman South Africa David Adams
South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
6-7(6-8), 7-6(7-2), 6-0
Win 20. Feb 2000 Mexico City, Mexico Clay United States Donald Johnson Argentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Martín Rodríguez
6-3, 7-5
Win 21. Jan 2001 Chennai, India Hard Zimbabwe Wayne Black United Kingdom Barry Cowan
Italy Mosé Navarra
6-4, 6-3
Loss 19. Jan 2001 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Germany David Prinosil Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
1-6, 7-5, 4-6, 4-6
Win 22. Sep 2001 Shanghai, China Hard Japan Thomas Shimada South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
South Africa Robbie Koenig
6-2, 3-6, 7-5

Singles: 10 (2 titles, 8 runner-ups)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Jan 1996 Adelaide, Australia Hard Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-7, 6-3, 1-6
Loss 2. Apr 1996 New Delhi, India Hard Sweden Thomas Enqvist 2-6, 6-7
Win 1. Apr 1996 Seoul, South Korea Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm 7-6, 6-3
Loss 3. Apr 1998 Hong Kong Hard Denmark Kenneth Carlsen 2-6, 0-6
Loss 4. Apr 1998 Tokyo, Japan Hard Romania Andrei Pavel 3-6, 4-6
Loss 5. Jun 1998 Nottingham, England Grass Sweden Jonas Björkman 3-6, 2-6
Win 2. Apr 1999 Chennai, India Hard Germany Rainer Schüttler 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Loss 6. Nov 1999 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-7, 4-6
Loss 7. Feb 2000 Memphis, USA Hard (i) Sweden Magnus Larsson 2-6, 6-1, 3-6
Loss 8. Jun 2000 Nottingham, England Grass France Sébastien Grosjean 6-7, 3-6

Performance timelines

Doubles

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R F 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R F 3R 0 / 11 18-11
French Open A A A 1R 1R W 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 1 / 11 12-10
Wimbledon A A 2R 1R QF 3R 3R F 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 12 17-12
US Open 2R A A 1R 2R 3R QF 1R 1R 3R SF 1R 2R A 0 / 11 14-11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 45 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 1-1 0-0 1-1 1-4 4-4 15-3 6-4 7-4 3-4 2-4 6-4 4-4 6-4 5-3 N/A 61-44
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells NME 2R A A A F 2R SF 2R 2R 1R 1R QF A 0 / 9 9-8
Miami NME A A A SF SF SF SF QF 3R 1R QF 2R A 0 / 9 17-9
Monte Carlo NME A A A A A 2R A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0-1
Rome NME A A A A A 1R W F A A QF A A 1 / 4 11-3
Hamburg NME A A A A A F A A A A 2R A A 0 / 2 4-2
Canada NME A A A 2R W 2R QF 1R 1R F A 1R A 1 / 8 9-7
Cincinnati NME A A A A QF SF QF 1R 1R W A 2R A 1 / 7 10-6
Stuttgart (Stockholm) NME A A A A A QF 2R A 1R W A A A 1 / 4 5-3
Paris NME A A A W F 2R SF 1R 2R 2R 1R A A 1/ 8 11-7
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 3 1 / 5 0 / 9 1 / 7 0 / 6 0 / 6 2 / 6 0 / 5 0 / 4 0 / 0 5 / 52 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 1-0 0-0 0-0 9-2 14-4 9-9 12-6 6-6 4-6 13-4 5-5 3-4 0-0 N/A 76-46
Year-end ranking 586 381 149 90 5 6 18 4 70 70 10 53 34 106 N/A

A = did not attend tournament

References

  1. ^ "ATP Player Profile". ATP. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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