Ivan Lendl

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Ivan Lendl

Former World No. 1 professional tennis player add

Category: Tennis

Born in 1960.

Countries: United States (31%), (17%), United Kingdom (11%)

Main connections: French Open, John McEnroe, Grand Slam (tennis)

Linked to: Adidas, University of Florida, Kneissl, United States Congress




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Ivan Lendl was born in 1960 add something


In 1978, he won the boys' singles titles at both the French Open and Wimbledon and was ranked the world no. 1 junior player add something


Lendl turned professional in tennis in 1978 add something


After reaching his first top-level singles final in 1979, he won seven singles titles in 1980, including three tournament wins in three consecutive weeks on three different surfaces add something


Early in his career, Lendl played a sliced backhand, but in the early 1980s he learned to hit his backhand with significant topspin add something


He played in the Caesars Tennis Classic exhibition match in Atlantic City, New Jersey, against his rival from the late 1980s, Mats Wilander add something


He was one of the game's most dominant players in the 1980s and remained a top competitor into the early 1990s add something


He was the driving force behind the country's team in the first half of the 1980s, but stopped playing in the event after he moved to the United States in 1986 because, in the eyes of communist Czechoslovakia's Tennis Association, he was an "illegal defector" from their country add something


Lendl was part of the team that won Czechoslovakia's only Davis Cup title in 1980 add something


He reached his first Grand Slam final at the French Open in 1981, where he lost in five sets to Björn Borg add something


He started to live in the United States in 1981, first at the home of mentor and friend, Wojtek Fibak add something


Lendl was part of the Czechoslovakian team that won the World Team Cup in 1981 and was runner-up in 1984 and 1985 add something


The success continued in 1981, as he won 10 titles, including his first season-ending Masters Grand Prix tour title, defeating Vitas Gerulaitis in five sets add something


His second came at the US Open in 1982, where he was defeated by Jimmy Connors add something


In 1982, he won 15 of the 23 singles tournaments he entered and had a 44-match winning streak add something


Mel Purcell - Another career highlight was beating Ivan Lendl and Fernando Luna at Boston in 1982 before falling in the final to Guillermo Vilas


Jimmy Connors - Connors defeated another of the next generation of tennis stars, Ivan Lendl, in the 1982 US Open final and soon regained the world no. 1 ranking


After reaching the semifinals in 1983 and 1984, he reached the final there twice, losing in straight sets to Boris Becker in 1986 and Pat Cash in 1987 add something


He won another seven tournaments in 1983 add something


In 1983, he was the runner-up at both the Australian Open and the US Open add something


Lendl first attained the world no. 1 ranking on February 28, 1983 and bolstered his claim to the top spot when he defeated John McEnroe in the 1984 French Open final add something


In July 1983 Lendl played three exhibition matches in Sun City, South Africa, in the apartheid-era bantustan of Bophuthatswana add something


McEnroe gained a measure of revenge by beating Lendl in straight sets in both finals of the US Open 1984 and Volvo Masters 1984 add something


This shift allowed him to defeat John McEnroe in 1984 in the French Open, Lendl's first Grand Slam victory add something


John McEnroe - At the 1984 French Open, McEnroe lost a close final match to Ivan Lendl


Henri Leconte - In singles in 1985, Leconte reached the quarter-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon, the latter run of which included a dazzling win over world no. 2, Ivan Lendl, in the fourth round of Wimbledon


In 1986 and 1987, he added wins in the French Open to his U.S Open victories, including the season-ending 1986 and 1987 Masters Grand Prix championship titles, where he defeated Boris Becker in straight sets and Mats Wilander in three sets add something


Boris Becker - In 1986, Becker successfully defended his Wimbledon title, defeating world no. 1 Ivan Lendl in straight sets in the final


Ivan applied for and received a U.S. Permanent Resident Card in 1987 and wanted to get U.S. citizenship as soon as possible to represent the USA in the 1988 Olympic Games and in the Davis Cup. A bill in Congress to bypass the traditional five-year waiting procedure was rejected in 1988 because Czechoslovak authorities refused to provide the necessary waivers add something


The appearance in this exhibition in Sun City and Lendl's Americanized living style ignited a long-lasting dispute between Lendl and the Czechoslovak communist authorities, which was never settled and resulted in his decision to apply for a green card in 1987 and later on for U.S. citizenship add something


John McEnroe - He lost three times in Grand Slam tournaments to Ivan Lendl, losing straight-set quarterfinals at both the 1987 !US_Open (US_Open_(tennis)) and the 1989 Australian Open and a long four-set match, played over two days, in the fourth round of the 1988 French Open


However, despite reaching the Wimbledon semifinals again in 1988, 1989, and 1990, he never again reached the final add something


Derrick Rostagno - Rostagno's best performance at a Grand Slam event came at the 1988 !US_Open (US_Open_(tennis)), where he reached the quarterfinals before being defeated by Ivan Lendl


Rafael Nadal - They set a new world record, breaking the latest longest major singles final between Mats Wilander and Ivan Lendl, which lasted 4 hours and 54 minutes, at the !US_Open (US_Open_(tennis)) in 1988


On September 16, 1989, six days after losing the final of the US Open to Boris Becker, Lendl married Samantha Frankel add something


Lendl successfully defended his Australian Open title in 1990 add something


For much of the next five years, Lendl was the top-ranked player, until August 1990 add something


Gilad Bloom - His best singles performance at a Grand Slam event was at the 1990 US Open, where he reached the 4th round before being knocked out by Ivan Lendl


Originally from Czechoslovakia, he became a United States citizen in 1992 add something


He became a U.S. citizen on July 7, 1992 add something


Although he did not play any official match following his defeat in the second round of the US Open in 1994, Lendl's final decision to retire came only three and a half months later add something


Lendl retired from tennis in 1994 at the age of 34 with a disability insurance payout for chronic backpain add something


Lendl announced his retirement from professional tennis on December 21, 1994, due to chronic back pain add something


In 2001, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame add something


Gustavo Kuerten - In 2001, he won his third French Open crown, joining former greats Björn Borg , Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander with three or more French Open titles in the Open Era; former champion Jim Courier presented him with the trophy


This record was equalled by Roger Federer in 2006 add something


He competed in 19 Grand Slam singles finals, a record surpassed by Roger Federer in 2009 add something


Since 2010, he has been using Bosworth racquets add something


On April 10, 2010, Ivan Lendl returned to play his first tournament since his 1994 retirement from tennis add something


On February 28, 2011, Lendl returned to the court again in an exhibition match with John McEnroe at Madison Square Garden add something


On 31 December 2011, Lendl was appointed coach to Andy Murray add something


BNP Paribas Showdown - In 2011, the four players were American male legends Ivan Lendl, John_McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras


Lendl has been credited with improving Murray's maturity and consistency, guiding the Scot to his first Grand Slam victory in the 2012 US Open add something


Starting in 2012, he became Andy Murray's coach add something


In May 2012, Lendl played in Prague for the first time since the 1970s, as part of the 2012 Sparta Prague Open tournament add something


The collection was exhibited in Prague in 2013 add something


Andy Murray - In June 2013, Murray will team up with former British number 1 Tim Henman for a charity doubles match against Murray's coach and eight-time grand slam champion Ivan Lendl, and world no. 6 Tomá? Berdych at the Queen's Club in London, to raise money for Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, following the diagnosis of fellow Brit Ross Hutchins with Hodgkins Lymphoma


On June 12, 2016, it was announced that Lendl had rejoined Andy Murray's coaching team add something


Andy Murray - In June 2016 Ivan Lendl agreed to return to his former role as Murray's coach


In August 2018 Lendl joined Alexander Zverev's team add something