Chris Lewis (tennis)
Chris Lewis (born 9 March 1957) is a former professional tennis player from New Zealand who reached the 1983 Wimbledon final as an unseeded player. He won three singles titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 19 in April 1984. He also won eight doubles titles during his 12 years on the tour. Lewis was coached by Harry Hopman and Tony Roche.
|Country (sports)||New Zealand|
|Residence||Irvine, California, US|
|Born||9 March 1957|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 19 (16 April 1984)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1977Dec, 1981)|
|French Open||3R (1977)|
|US Open||3R (1982)|
|Highest ranking||No. 46 (14 January 1985)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1980)|
|French Open||QF (1982)|
|US Open||2R (1981)|
He became the third player from New Zealand to reach the finals of a Grand Slam singles title after the second player from New Zealand, Onny Parun, had reached the finals of a Grand Slam singles title ten years before at the Australian Open. Lewis is the last player from New Zealand to reach the finals of a Grand Slam tournament (as of 2019).
Lewis was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and received his secondary education at Marcellin College and Lynfield College. He is the eldest of three sons. His brothers are David Lewis and Mark Lewis who also had significant competitive tennis careers.
In reaching the 1983 Wimbledon final, after a five-set win over Kevin Curren in the semifinals, Lewis became the seventh unseeded man and only the second New Zealander after Anthony Wilding (who won four times between 1910 and 1913) to reach a Wimbledon singles final. He lost the final to John McEnroe in three sets. He also reached the final at the Cincinnati Masters in 1981, again losing to John McEnroe in straight sets.
In the 1999 New Zealand general election, Lewis unsuccessfully stood for parliament as a list candidate for the Libertarianz party. Now resident in Irvine, California, Lewis is the co-founder of the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy, which is based at the Orange County Great Park Sports Complex in Irvine. His daughter, Geneva Lewis, born 1998, is a successful violinist.
Lewis was the first man in history to reach the final of one of the four tennis majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open) while using an oversize racquet, a Prince original graphite (second only to Pam Shriver in the 1978 US Open). He was also one of the first players equipped with custom made shoes designed for the grass surface.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
|Runner-up||1983||Wimbledon||Grass||John McEnroe||2–6, 2–6, 2–6|
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finalsEdit
|Runner-up||1981||Cincinnati Masters||Hard||John McEnroe||3–6, 4–6|
Singles: 10 (3 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||1.||Dec 1977||Adelaide, Australia||Grass||Tim Gullikson||6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 2–6, 4–6|
|Win||1.||Jul 1978||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Vladimir Zednik||6–1, 6–4, 6–0|
|Loss||2.||Mar 1981||Stuttgart Indoor, Germany||Hard (i)||Ivan Lendl||3–6, 0–6, 7–6, 3–6|
|Win||2.||May 1981||Munich, Germany||Clay||Christophe Roger-Vasselin||4–6, 6–2, 2–6, 6–1, 6–1|
|Loss||3.||Aug 1981||Cincinnati Masters, United States||Hard||John McEnroe||3–6, 4–6|
|Loss||4.||Oct 1981||Brisbane, Australia||Grass||Mark Edmondson||6–7, 6–3, 4–6|
|Loss||5.||Dec 1981||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Grass||Tim Wilkison||4–6, 6–7, 3–6|
|Loss||6.||Apr 1982||Hilton Head WCT, United States||Clay||Van Winitsky||4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||7.||Jun 1983||Wimbledon, London||Grass||John McEnroe||2–6, 2–6, 2–6|
|Win||3.||Jan 1985||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Wally Masur||7–5, 6–0, 2–6, 6–4|
Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit
|Australian Open||2R||1R||3R||A||1R||1R||3R||3R||3R||2R||2R||0 / 10|
|French Open||A||3R||2R||2R||2R||2R||2R||1R||1R||2R||0 / 9|
|Wimbledon||2R||1R||1R||A||2R||2R||3R||F||2R||2R||0 / 9|
|US Open||A||A||1R||1R||A||2R||3R||2R||1R||A||0 / 6|
|Strike Rate||0 / 2||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 34|
Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
- Chris Lewis at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Chris Lewis at the International Tennis Federation
- Chris Lewis at the Davis Cup
1982 New Zealand men's eight
| New Zealand Sportsman of the Year