Bernard Boileau

Bernard Boileau (born 25 May 1959) is a former professional tennis player from Belgium.[1]

Bernard Boileau
Country (sports)Belgium Belgium
ResidenceBrussels
Born (1959-05-25) 25 May 1959 (age 61)
Liège, Belgium
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Career record33–43
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 42 (31 January 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1982, 1983, 1984)
Wimbledon1R (1982)
Doubles
Career record13–18
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 155 (3 January 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (1982, 1983)

CareerEdit

Boileau was the Belgian national champion every year from 1978 to 1983.[2] During that time he was a regular fixture in the Belgian Davis Cup team.[3] The Belgian appeared in a total of 14 Davis Cup ties for his country, the first in 1977 and last in 1985.[3] He appeared in 38 rubbers, of which he won 22, 16 of them in singles and six in doubles.[3]

He started touring in 1978 and the following year managed to reach the semi-finals at the Brussels Outdoor tournament.[2]

In 1981, Boileau was a quarter-finalist in Linz.[2]

His best year for Grand Slam tennis was in 1982, when he made the second round of the French Open and Wimbledon Championships, beating Ricardo Ycaza and Vincent van Patten, respectively.[2] He also reached the quarter-finals in Sao Paulo.[2]

Boileau partnered with Libor Pimek in the doubles at the Nice International Open in 1983 and the pair finished runners-up, to Bernard Fritz and Jean-Louis Haillet.[2] In the 1983 French Open, Boileau had a five set opening round win over Per Hjertquist, before losing in the second round to Eric Fromm.[2] Also that year, Boileau defeated Tim Mayotte en route to the semi-finals at Guaruja and made the quarter-finals in Bastad.[2]

He was a quarter-finalist at the 1984 Donnay Indoor Championships and a semi-finalist at Hilversum that year.[2] In the former he upset Kevin Curren, a top-10-ranked player.[2] His fourth and final victory in a Grand Slam match came in the 1984 French Open, where he defeated Guy Forget.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Boileau revealed in 1988 that he had used heroin "almost daily" towards the end of his career.[4]

In 1990 he was sentenced to more than three years' jail for drug use, assault and dangerous driving.[5]

Grand Prix career finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1983 Nice, France Clay   Libor Pimek   Bernard Fritz
  Jean-Louis Haillet
6–3, 6–4

Challenger titlesEdit

Doubles: (1)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1981 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Alain Brichant   Mike Myburg
  Frank Punčec
7–5, 6–2

ReferencesEdit