Derek Tarr

Derek John Tarr (born September 15, 1959) is a former American professional tennis player, originally from South Africa.[1]

Derek Tarr
Country (sports)South Africa South Africa
United States United States
ResidenceBirmingham, Alabama
Born (1959-09-15) September 15, 1959 (age 61)
East London,
South Africa
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Prize money$128,284
Career record18–40
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 87 (September 12, 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open1R (1982, 1983, 1984)
Wimbledon2R (1984)
US Open2R (1983)
Career record35–60
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 80 (January 3, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenQF (1982)
Wimbledon1R (1984)
US Open2R (1987)


While at Auburn University, Tarr played tennis in the Southeastern Conference and was the singles champion in 1981.[2] In the same year he became Auburn's first ever All-American and would be selected a further two times.[2]

Tarr twice made the second round of the singles draw in a Grand Slam tournament.[2] He defeated Mike De Palmer at the 1983 US Open and beat Christophe Roger-Vasselin at the 1984 Wimbledon Championships.[2] His best performance on tour came in the 1984 Cincinnati Open, part of the Grand Prix Tennis Championship Series, where he reached the round of 16.[2] He registered upset wins over Tim Mayotte at Queen's in 1982 and Henri Leconte in the 1985 Madrid Tennis Grand Prix event.[2]

He had more success on the doubles circuit, making the quarter-finals of the 1982 French Open, with Brad Guan.[2] Tarr was also a Grand Prix semi-finalist twice, at South Orange Open in 1982 (partnering John James) and in Madrid three years later (partnering Marcos Hocevar).[2] The best win of his doubles career came in 1983 at the Sovran Bank Classic, where he and Jonathan Canter upset top seeds Mark Edmondson and Sherwood Stewart, who had just won the French Open.[2]

Tarr was based in Birmingham, Alabama during his career and became an American citizen on February 28, 1986.[2]

He has been the head coach of the UAB Blazers tennis team since 1989.[3]

Challenger titlesEdit

Doubles: (3)Edit

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 1982 Buchholz, West Germany Hard   Mike Gandolfo   Jiri Prucha
  Tenny Svensson
6–4, 6–4
2. 1985 West Palm, United States Clay   Erik Van't Hof   Leonardo Lavalle
  Jaime Yzaga
6–2, 6–0
3. 1986 West Palm, United States Clay   John Ross   Ricky Brown
  Tim Siegel
4–6, 6–4, 6–4