Jeff Tarango
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Jeff Tarango

Jeff Tarango
Full nameJeffrey Gail Tarango
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceManhattan Beach, California
Born (1968-11-20) November 20, 1968 (age 52)
Manhattan Beach
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro1989
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,730,289
Career record239-294
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 42 (November 2, 1992)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1997, 1999)
French Open3R (1993, 1996)
Wimbledon3R (1995)
US Open3R (1989, 1996, 1997)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2000)
Career record253-247
Career titles14
Highest rankingNo. 10 (October 18, 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1996, 2001, 2002)
French OpenF (1999)
Wimbledon3R (1997, 2001)
US Open3R (1996, 1997, 2000)

Jeffrey Gail ("Jeff") Tarango (born November 20, 1968) is a retired American tennis player. He was a top-ten doubles player and a runner-up at the 1999 French Open men's doubles tournament. He is now the Director of Tennis at the Jack Kramer Club, which is just south of Los Angeles. In 2018, he was the tournament director of a $30,000 men's California championships. Andras Cruz-Aedo was his and UTR Powered by Oracle's digital marketing consultant and assistant for this event. At that championships, ATP world-ranked No. 11, Sam Querrey, beat Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish to win this event.

Tarango now resides in Manhattan Beach, California with his wife and children. He is married to Jessica Balgrosky and they have five children (Nina Rose, Katherine, Jackson, Ace, and Jesse).


Pro tour

Tarango turned professional in 1989, after completing his junior year at Stanford University, where he won two NCAA team titles. During his career, he won two top-level singles titles and 14 doubles titles. Tarango reached two Super 9 quarterfinals, Rome in 1995 and Miami in 1998. His career-high world rankings are No. 42 in singles and No. 10 in doubles.[1] He was runner-up in the men's doubles at the 1999 French Open, partnering with Goran Ivani?evi?.

Wimbledon 1995 default

In the third round trailing 6-7, 1-3 to Alexander Mronz, Tarango became infuriated with French umpire Bruno Rebeuh, who had ruled against Tarango several times. During the match, when preparing to serve, the crowd heckled Tarango and he responded "Oh, shut up!" Rebeuh immediately issued a code violation to Tarango on the grounds of audible obscenity. Tarango protested this and called for the tournament referee calling for Rebeuh to be removed. No relief was given to Tarango and he was instructed to continue to play. He then accused Rebeuh of being "one of the most corrupt officials in the game" - to this Rebeuh gave Tarango another code violation, this time for unsportsmanlike conduct. Tarango took umbrage, packed up his rackets and stormed off the court.[2] To add to the controversy, Tarango's wife at the time then slapped Rebeuh twice in the face.[3]

Tarango was eventually banned by the ITF from the 1996 Wimbledon tournament.

Tarango was also the beneficiary of a default in the men's doubles tournament earlier at the same championship. He and partner Henrik Holm were at two sets to one down against the team of Jeremy Bates and Tim Henman when Henman angrily smashed a ball which inadvertently hit ball girl Caroline Hall, resulting in their disqualification.[4] Coincidentally, Hall was also a ball girl in Tarango's match against Mronz.[5]

After retirement

Tarango retired from the main tour in 2003 and now devotes his time to coaching, broadcasting for BBC, ESPN, Tennis Channel, Fox Sports and DirecTV. He also hosts a charity event in La Jolla for the Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. Tarango is currently the vice chair for the AAC on the USOC (Governance Committee). He has been a member of the Davis Cup Committee for six years within the USTA. He still makes occasional appearances at professional events, including the 2008 USA F21 Futures event in Milwaukee.[6] He also commentates for BBC Radio and in particular for their extended coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. During his broadcasting career, Tarango has earned a reputation for having a good eye for potential Hawk-Eye overrules.

In his 2009 autobiography, Open, Andre Agassi claims that Tarango cheated in a juniors tournament to hand the eight-year-old Agassi his first-ever competitive loss.[7] To which, Tarango says they had a chair umpire and Agassi is lying throughout the book "just to make money". Tarango has coached many players such as Younes El Aynaoui, Andriy Medvedev, Maria Sharapova, Vince Spadea, Mirjana Lucic, Irakli Labadze, JC Aragone.

After professional tennis, Tarango worked for the AON Corporation with Theodore Forstmann, Andy Roddick, and many other society notables.

Tarango currently consults and does speaking engagements for inspired groups.

Career finals

Doubles titles (14)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. May 1995 Seoul, South Korea Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Joshua Eagle
Australia Andrew Florent
6-3, 6-2
2. Jul 1995 Washington D.C., United States Hard France Olivier Delaître Czech Republic Petr Korda
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
1-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Sep 1995 Bucharest, Romania Clay United States Mark Keil Czech Republic Cyril Suk
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6-4, 7-6
4. Jul 1996 Bastad, Sweden Clay Sweden David Ekerot Australia Joshua Eagle
Sweden Peter Nyborg
6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5. Sep 1996 Bucharest, Romania Clay Sweden David Ekerot South Africa David Adams
Netherlands Menno Oosting
7-6, 7-6
6. Nov 1998 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) United States Jared Palmer Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6-4, 6-7, 6-2
7. Jan 1999 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Czech Republic Ji?í Novák
Czech Republic David Rikl
7-5, 7-5
8. Feb 1999 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Netherlands Menno Oosting
Romania Andrei Pavel
3-6, 6-3, 7-5
9. Apr 1999 Tokyo, Japan Hard Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Zimbabwe Wayne Black
United States Brian MacPhie
4-3 ret.
10. Jul 1999 Bastad, Sweden Clay South Africa David Adams Sweden Nicklas Kulti
Sweden Mikael Tillström
7-6(8-6), 6-4
11. Sep 1999 Bournemouth, England Clay South Africa David Adams Germany Michael Kohlmann
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
6-3, 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-5)
12. Oct 1999 Toulouse, France Hard (i) France Olivier Delaître South Africa David Adams
South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
6-3, 7-6(7-2), 6-4
13. Nov 2000 Brighton, England Hard (i) Australia Michael Hill United States Paul Goldstein
United States Jim Thomas
6-3, 7-5
14. Apr 2001 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Australia Michael Hill Argentina Pablo Albano
Australia David Macpherson
7-6(7-2), 6-3

Doubles finalist (12)


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