Luiz Mattar
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Luiz Mattar
Luiz Mattar
Country (sports) Brazil
ResidenceSão Paulo, Brazil
Born (1963-08-18) August 18, 1963 (age 58)
São Paulo, Brazil
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1985
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,484,394
Career record191-178
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 29 (May 1, 1989)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (1991, 1993)
French Open3R (1986)
Wimbledon2R (1991)
US Open3R (1990, 1991)
Career record104-111
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 55 (January 7, 1991)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (1992)

Luiz Mattar (born August 18, 1963) is a former professional tennis player from Brazil.

He played on the professional tour from 1985-1995, during which time he won seven top-level singles titles and five tour doubles titles. Mattar's career-high rankings were World No. 29 in singles (in 1989) and World No. 55 in doubles (in 1991). His career prize money totalled $1,493,136.

With seven ATP singles titles in tournaments of the Association of Professional Tennis Players, he is the second Brazilian tennis player, after Gustavo Kuerten, with more ATP titles in his career. He also led the Brazilian Davis Cup team to their best result in history back in 1992 defeating Germany and Italy and reaching the semi-final of the World Group in the 1992 Davis Cup. This feat has only been matched by Gustavo Kuerten who led the Brazilian team again to the semi-final in 2000.

He started his professional career only at the age of 22, unlike most tennis players who started their careers at 18 or earlier, after dropping out in his last year of engineering at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo.[1]

He was trained by Paulo Cleto from the beginning to the end of his career. He even said that he couldn't see himself training with another coach. He is considered by several sports analysts, tennis critics and former tennis players as one of the ten greatest Brazilian tennis players of the Open Era.[2]

Mattar is the son of textile businessman Fuad Mattar and is of Lebanese descent.[3] After retiring from tennis he became an entrepreneur and is the founder of TIVIT, one of Brazil's largest information technology service providers.[1]

Career finals

Singles (7 wins, 4 losses)

Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (7)
Titles by surface
Hard (4)
Grass (0)
Clay (1)
Carpet (2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Jan 1987 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Brazil Cássio Motta 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
Loss 1-1 Nov 1987 São Paulo, Brazil Hard Peru Jaime Yzaga 2-6, 6-4, 2-6
Loss 1-2 Nov 1987 Itaparica, Brazil Hard United States Andre Agassi 6-7, 2-6
Win 2-2 Jan 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard United States Eliot Teltscher 6-3, 6-3
Win 3-2 Feb 1989 Guarujá, Brazil Hard United States Jimmy Brown 7-6, 6-4
Win 4-2 Apr 1989 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Carpet Argentina Martín Jaite 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Loss 4-3 Feb 1990 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Argentina Martín Jaite 6-3, 4-6, 3-6
Win 5-3 Apr 1990 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Carpet Canada Andrew Sznajder 6-4, 6-4
Win 6-3 Nov 1992 São Paulo, Brazil Hard Brazil Jaime Oncins 6-1, 6-4
Loss 6-4 Feb 1994 Scottsdale, USA Hard United States Andre Agassi 4-6, 3-6
Win 7-4 May 1994 Coral Springs, USA Clay Australia Jamie Morgan 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Doubles (5 wins, 6 losses)

Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (4)
Titles by surface
Hard (2)
Grass (0)
Clay (3)
Carpet (0)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Jan 1987 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Brazil Cássio Motta Germany Martin Hipp
Germany Tore Meinecke
7-6, 6-1
Win 2-0 Sep 1987 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Brazil Ricardo Acioly Iran Mansour Bahrami
Uruguay Diego Pérez
3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Loss 2-1 Feb 1990 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Brazil Cássio Motta Argentina Javier Frana
Argentina Gustavo Luza
6-7, 6-7
Loss 2-2 Jun 1990 Florence, Italy Clay Uruguay Diego Pérez Spain Sergi Bruguera
Argentina Horacio de la Peña
6-3, 3-6, 4-6
Loss 2-3 Oct 1990 São Paulo, Brazil Carpet Netherlands Mark Koevermans United States Shelby Cannon
Venezuela Alfonso Mora
7-6, 3-6, 6-7
Win 3-3 Dec 1990 Wellington, New Zealand Hard Venezuela Nicolás Pereira United States John Letts
Brazil Jaime Oncins
4-6, 7-6, 6-2
Loss 3-4 Apr 1991 Madrid, Spain Clay Brazil Jaime Oncins Argentina Gustavo Luza
Brazil Cássio Motta
0-6, 5-7
Loss 3-5 May 1991 Bologna, Italy Clay Brazil Jaime Oncins United States Luke Jensen
Australia Laurie Warder
4-6, 6-7
Loss 3-6 Apr 1992 Tampa, USA Clay Russia Andrei Olhovskiy United States Mike Briggs
United States Trevor Kronemann
6-7, 7-6, 4-6
Win 4-6 Jun 1992 Florence, Italy Clay Uruguay Marcelo Filippini South Africa Royce Deppe
South Africa Brent Haygarth
6-4, 6-7, 6-4
Win 5-6 Oct 1994 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay Uruguay Marcelo Filippini Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
7-6, 6-4


  1. ^ a b "From an Olympic athlete to a R $ 2.5 billion business owner: the story of Luiz Mattar".
  2. ^ "Os dez maiores tenistas brasileiros da Era Aberta". Esporte Final. Archived from the original on January 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "A dream at 81". 2006.

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