Georges Goven

Georges Goven (born 26 April 1948) is a retired tennis player from France.

Georges Goven
Country (sports) France
ResidenceParis, France
Born (1948-04-26) 26 April 1948 (age 72)
Lyon, France
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1968 (amateur tour from 1965)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record162–209 (Grand Slam, Grand Prix, WCT and Davis Cup)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 13 (30 November 1970)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1965, 1973)
French OpenSF (1970)
Wimbledon3R (1966, 1972)
US Open3R (1975)
Career record83–129 (Grand Slam, Grand Prix, WCT and Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1973)
French OpenSF (1970)
Wimbledon2R (1969, 1971, 1972)
US Open2R (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973)
Last updated on: 1 October 2015.

Tennis careerEdit


As a junior, he won the Australian Championships Boys' Singles title in 1964.

Amateur / Pro tourEdit

Goven reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles (partnering François Jauffret) at the 1970 French Open.

He notably defeated Ilie Năstase (then World No. 7) in Paris in September 1977 with the help of the Spaghetti racket, and Vitas Gerulaitis (then World No. 5) in Florence in May 1983.[1]

After retirementEdit

Goven has coached such players as Nicolas Escudé, Nathalie Dechy and Tatiana Golovin. He was the Davis Cup team captain from 1993–1994. Currently, he is the captain of the France Fed Cup team since 2005 (replacing his compatriot and former player Guy Forget) and coaches Kristina Mladenovic.


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