Bruce Manson
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Bruce Manson

Bruce Manson
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceNew York City, New York
Born (1956-03-20) March 20, 1956 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California, US
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Turned pro1977
Prize money$492,338
Career record126-171
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 39 (August 16, 1982)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1979, 1980)
Wimbledon3R (1979, 1980)
US OpenQF (1981)
Career record212-160
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 17 (March 23, 1981)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenSF (1980)
Wimbledon3R (1985)
US OpenQF (1979)

Bruce Manson (born March 20, 1956) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. He achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 17 in 1981. His career high singles ranking was World No. 39, but he did, when ranked 112, defeat world number 1 Bjorn Borg in 1979 at the Tennis Games Tournament at Mission Hills Country Club.


Manson is Jewish, and was born in Los Angeles, California, and lived in North Hollywood.[1][2] He attended Grant High School.[2] He was the first player to win three consecutive L.A. City Tennis Singles Championships (1973-75).[2] He won the boys 16 and under in the Ojai Tennis Tournament in 1972.[3] He was the Southern California Junior Singles Champion in both 1973 and 1974, and was a member of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team.[2]

At the University of Southern California on a tennis scholarship, Manson was a three-time All-American (1975-77).[2] He was an NCAA Singles semi-finalist in both 1976 and 1977, and doubles champion in 1975 and 1977.[2][4] While at USC, Manson won a gold medal in doubles at the 1975 Pan American Games.[2] In 1977, he won the 21-and-under U.S. Singles title.[2]

Manson enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing doubles. During his career he won 9 doubles titles and finished runner-up an additional 8 times. He achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 17 in 1981. His career high singles ranking was World No. 39. He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Davis Cup Team, and made the U.S. Open quarter-finals in 1981 by defeating Danny Saltz, Richard Meyer, Peter McNamara and José Luis Clerc, before being defeated by Vitas Gerulaitis.

In 1993 he was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[2]

After retiring from tennis in 1985, he earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, and began a career as a bond trader with First Boston in 1987 in New York.[4] He moved to London in 1988, working for CSFB and later Barclays Bank, returned to New York in 1993 with Barclays, and moved to HSBC Bank in 2004.[4]

Career finals

Doubles (9 titles, 8 runner-ups)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 1976 Boca Raton, US Hard United States Butch Walts United States Vitas Gerulaitis
United States Clark Graebner
2-6, 4-6
Loss 2. 1978 Cleveland, US Hard United States Rick Fisher United States Dick Stockton
United States Erik van Dillen
1-6, 4-6
Loss 3. 1978 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Rhodesia Andrew Pattison Poland Wojtek Fibak
United States John McEnroe
6-7, 5-7
Win 1. 1978 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i) Rhodesia Andrew Pattison Romania Ion ?iriac
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
7-6, 6-2
Loss 4. 1979 Rancho Mirage, US Hard South Africa Cliff Drysdale United States Gene Mayer
United States Sandy Mayer
4-6, 6-7
Win 2. 1979 Dayton, US Carpet South Africa Cliff Drysdale Australia Ross Case
Australia Phil Dent
3-6, 6-3, 7-6
Win 3. 1980 Toronto, Canada Hard United States Brian Teacher Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
United States Sandy Mayer
6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Win 4. 1980 Cincinnati, US Hard United States Brian Teacher Poland Wojtek Fibak
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl
6-7, 7-5, 6-4
Loss 5. 1980 Hong Kong Hard United States Brian Teacher United States Peter Fleming
United States Ferdi Taygan
5-7, 2-6
Win 5. 1980 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet United States Brian Teacher United States John Austin
United States Ferdi Taygan
6-4, 6-0
Win 6. 1981 La Quinta, US Hard United States Brian Teacher United States Terry Moor
United States Eliot Teltscher
7-6, 6-2
Loss 6. 1981 Rome, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Tomá? ?míd Chile Hans Gildemeister
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
5-7, 2-6
Win 7. 1981 Columbus, US Hard United States Brian Teacher India Anand Amritraj
India Vijay Amritraj
6-1, 6-1
Loss 7. 1982 Los Angeles, US Hard United States Brian Teacher United States Sherwood Stewart
United States Ferdi Taygan
1-6, 7-6, 3-6
Win 8. 1982 Zell Am See WCT, Austria Clay Poland Wojtek Fibak United States Sammy Giammalva Jr.
United States Tony Giammalva
6-7, 6-4, 6-4
Win 9. 1982 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i) United States Brian Gottfried United States Jay Lapidus
United States Richard Meyer
6-4, 6-2
Loss 8. 1982 Chicago-2 WCT, US Carpet United States Mike Cahill India Anand Amritraj
India Vijay Amritraj
6-3, 2-6, 3-6

See also


  1. ^ Keese, Parton (August 24, 1975). "Pro-Celebrity Tennis is a Hit" – via
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jewish Post 9 November 1979 -- Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program".
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b c "Bruce Manson | Bio | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.

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